The immemorial ingratitude of rulers and commonwealths is proverbial. Especially common is ingratitude to Israel the People that has achieved so much of eternal worth, but has rarely succeeded in winning gratitude.
Plots, true or false, are necessary things, To raise up commonwealths and ruin kings.john dryden
Historians spend their lives and lavish ink Explaining how great commonwealths collapse From great defects of policyperhaps The cause is sometimes simpler than they think. ? Have more states perished, then, For having shackled the enquiring mind, Than those who, in their folly not less blind, Trusted the servile womb to breed free men?