April 2, 2016
“… a boundless ambition and thirst after greatness… the burning desire to achieve something great and memorable… this motive is something demonic, involving a surrender of the will, the use of any means, however atrocious, and even an indifference to success itself.”

~ “The civilization of the Renaissance in Italy”, Jacob Burckhardt.

Dante reproved “lo gran disio dell’eccellenza” (Purgatorio), for the reason that intellectual glory is not absolute but relative to the times, and may be surpassed and eclipsed by greater successors.

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