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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 24 of Thomas Cahill’s 1995 volume, How the Irish Saved Civilization (original emphasis):

Augustus, while seizing all power, had wisely left in place all the republican trappings.  The empty show that resulted only emphasized the more the importance of how things were done – since no one wished to advert to the vanity of what was being done.

‘Proper’ ceremony can mystify the masses and, thereby, make them believe that even the most pernicious depredations of the state are lofty and noble – or are at least justified and deserving of respect.