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Single Idea 19937

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / C. Ruling a State / 2. Leaders / b. Monarchy]

Full Idea

Monarchical minds are always proud, and cannot back down without feelings of humiliation.

Gist of Idea

Monarchs are always proud, and can't back down


Baruch de Spinoza (Tractatus Theologico-Politicus [1670], 18.05)

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Theological-Political Treatise', ed/tr. Israel,Jonathan [CUP 2007], p.233

A Reaction

This would seem to be a problem in all politicians. As I teacher I found that backing down was sometimes quite a smart move, but you can only do it occasionally.