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“Even the tyrant never rules by force alone, but mostly by fairy tales.” – G.K. Chesterton
Napoleon once told his foreign minister, Talleyrand, that one could do anything with bayonets. Talleyrand’s response was, “Yes, sire, except sit on them.” Napoleon imagined he could do anything by force of arms, while Talleyrand reminded him one must sit very carefully on a throne made of bayonets. As Chesterton observes, that throne must be cushioned with fairy tales.