Where should I strike? How can I not know? Of course!
Strike my all to fertile womb, which bore a husband child.

Jocasta. In Seneca’s Oedipus.

trans. Emily Wilson (2010).


Understood as a central consolidated power, managing and directing the various interests of society, all government is evil, and the parent of evil… The best government is the government that governs least.

John L. O’Sullivan. American journalist and diplomat. 

United States Magazine and democratic review (1837)

When the reviews are bad I tell my staff that they can join me as I cry all the way to the bank.


Autobigraphy (1973) ch.2