G.K. Chesterton on the rise of nations

G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton

It may be said with rough accuracy that there are three stages in the life of a strong people.
First, it is a small power, and fights small powers.
Then it is a great power and fights great powers.
Then it is a great power, and fights small powers, but pretends they are great powers, in order to rekindle the ashes of its ancient emotion and vanity.
                ==G.K. Chesterton

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