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Aristocracy

For I agree with you that there is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents. Formerly bodily powers gave place among the aristoi. But since the invention of gunpowder has armed...
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Only where Democracy and Aristocracy are harmonized and unified culturally can a nation really be healthy and advanced; its history becomes the awe of the world... “Be it known to you that a son is born to me; but I thank the gods not much that...

Seneca, the Roman philosopher, relates the story of the murder of Callisthenes by Alexander the Great, the "everlasting crime" of the Macedonian leader. Seneca wrote: "For when someone says, 'Alexander killed many thousands of Persians'...
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A true natural aristocracy is not a separate interest in the state, or separable from it. It is an essential integrant part of any large body rightly constituted. It is formed out of a class of...
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TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES Sir.—