consideration. Who am I that it should be a crime to offend my ears? After Hippias had ordered them to be slain one by one, as they were named, he asked whether there was still any other. A prince usually inflicts punishment for one of two reasons, to avenge either himself or another. Avoiding sophistry we may define cruelty to be the inclination of the mind toward the side of harshness.
When the skipper finds that his ship has sprung her seams and in every part is letting in a copious flow of water, does he then become angry with the seamen and with the ship herself? Where would the empire be today had not a sound foresight united the victors and the vanquished into one? Caesar, taking a cup, proposed his health and set some one to watch him; the poor wretch went tbrough with it, although he seemed to be drinking the blood of his Son. But the really great mind, the mind that has taken the true measure of itself, fails to revenge injury only because it fails to perceive.
You did not look with fair eyes upon a certain man because he spoke ill of your talent. 2 and children, and the ruin that befalls his country amid the flames of war. In like manner, also, I may say to a good man, if no harder circumstance has given him the opportunity whereby alone he might show the strength of his mind, "I judge you unfortunate because you have never been unfortunate; you have passed through life. To compare the mildness of the deified Augustus with yours no one will dare, even if the years of youth shall be brought into competition with an old age Ess1-389 ON mercy,. Who is not aroused against the arms which Marius took up, against the proscription which Sulla used?