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Power is of its nature evil, whoever wields it.
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Nothing in the world is better suited to laziness than orthodoxy. If you gag your mouth, stop up your ears and put a blinder over your eyes, you can sleep peacefully.

— Jacob Burckhardt

Only the fairy tale equates changelessness with happiness ... Permanence means paralysis and death. Only, in movement, with all its pain, is life.

— Jacob Burckhardt

Great men are necessary for our life, in order that the movement of world history can free itself sporadically, by fits and starts, from obsolete ways of living and inconsequential talk.

— Jacob Burckhardt

The essence of tyranny is the denial of complexity.

— Jacob Burckhardt

Neither in the life of the individual nor in that of mankind is it desirable to know the future.

— Jacob Burckhardt

Power is of its nature evil, whoever wields it.

— Jacob Burckhardt

Only a fairy tale calls a constant condition 'happiness'.

— Jacob Burckhardt

The more recently power has originated, the less it can remain stationary - first because those who created it have become accustomed to rapid further movement and because they are and will be innovators per se; secondly, because the forces aroused or subdued by them can be employed only through further acts ...

— Jacob Burckhardt

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