“I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture
in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.”
@RobinHood and then, his son died throwing a shitfit in congress about how the Mexican American War sucked ass
somewhere his father was saying "hell yeah that's my boy"
@RobinHood his great grandson, Brook Adams, was a strident critic of capitalism and Empire. He described the British Empire as bathing the world in blood, and the Roman as plundering and enslaving the world.
His The Law of Civilization and Decay is an amazing read, and is from 1896.
@RobinHood an alternative quote (which I'm probably misquoting) and which goes generations further is
"Hard times make good men.
Good men make easy times.
Easy times make soft men.
Soft men make hard times"
Apparently, history shows this to be false: