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9. Corruption; Rome
"I know not why any one but a school-boy in his declamation
should whine over the Commonwealth of Rome, which grew great only
by the misery of the rest of mankind. The Romans, like others,
as soon as they grew rich, grew corrupt; and in their corruption
sold the lives and freedoms of themselves, and of one another.
[...] A people, who while they were poor robbed mankind; and as
soon as they became rich, robbed one another."
Johnson: Review of Thomas Blackwell's "Memoirs of the Court