„It is no easy task for a state any more than for a man to become reconciled to insignificance“

—  Theodor Mommsen, Context: It is no easy task for a state any more than for a man to become reconciled to insignificance; it is the duty and right of the ruler either to renounce his authority, or by the display of an imposing material superiority to compel the ruled to resignation. Vol. 3, pg. 21, translated by W.P. Dickson
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storico, numismatico e giurista tedesco 1817 - 1903
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