“Hence the ways of the eternal politician, who breaks promises, conceals, palliates, distorts facts to maintain the show of rightness…”

“At the partition of Poland with other monarchs he noticed Maria Theresia weeping and he remarked afterward: “She wept, but she took.” The words sum up the paradox of government—doing the unjust thing as the way to do the best for the state, perhaps on quite mistaken lines. Hence the ways of the eternal politician, who breaks promises, conceals, palliates, distorts facts to maintain the show of rightness, the rightness aimed at even when not reached.”

From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Culural Life; 1500 to the Present, p. 258, Jacques Barzun

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Book: From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life; 1500 to the Present by Barzun, Jacques