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History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manliness, and have thus prepared themselves for destruction as soon as the the movements of the world gave a chance for it.
Walter Bagehot (1826–1877), British economist, critic. Physics and Politics, ch. 2, sct. 2 (1872).
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