Day 167: June 16 – Power Does Not Give You Peace

~ Greenwich Park


I put for a general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death.

~ Thomas Hobbes



A friend in power is a friend lost.

~ Henry Adams


What Happened

1846: Pius IX is elected Pope. He is to reign for 32 years, the longest pontificate in history.

1866: Bismarck launches a Prussian attack against Austria as the first step in the unification of Germany.


Writer’s Addendum

Power. Its such a fleeting thing.

Dictators spend most of their lives gaining power. Then, they spend the rest of their lives trying not to lose the power that they have gained.

How miserable.

Bismarck knew the limitations of power and played his game of chess well (except at the end of his career). The rest like Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini either ended up dead or had their legacy buried together with them,

So much for power. 

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