Excerpt from Pasteur: A Study in Greatness
An investigation of the specific works accomplished by men ranked great reveals a curious fundamental similarity: They all relate to the heroic. That is to say they are either actual deeds which relieved an individual, a community or a nation from danger, or they commemorate such deeds in a masterly way. The favorite theme of poets has always been arms, and the man. And painters and sculptors have immortalized men whose acts furnish the implied answer to the query of brave Horatius, the keeper of the gate: How can a man die better than by facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers and the altars of his gods?
By this analysis, the statesman is but the warrior who, with intellect as weapon, defends his nation.
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