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Look at the one-man-rule which is established in various states and observe how many there are who aspire to it and are ready to undergo anything whatsoever to obtain it. And yet what that is dire and difficult is not its portion?1 Is it not true that when men obtain unlimited power they find themselves at once in the coil of so many troubles

1 Cf. Pictures of the fate of despots in Isoc. 2.5, Isoc. 10.32 ff., and Plat. Rep. 579.

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    • Isocrates, Helen, 32
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