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"Power especially proves itself to itself by the singular abuse
which consists in crowning some absurdity with the laurels of
success, thereby insulting genius, the only strength which power
can never attain. The promotion of Caligula's horse, that imperial
farce, has enjoyed an almost unbroken run.."
Honoré de Balzac, Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes [A Harlot High and Low]
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