Providence compelled all these men, striving to attain personal aims, to further the accomplishment of a stupendous result no one of them at all expected- neither Napoleon, nor Alexander, nor still less any of those who did the actual fighting.
I am telling the history of very simple people, who had never had any illuminating doubts as to personal integrity and honor.
The separate incidents that compose the narrative are, to a very great extent, authentic, occurring, many of them, either under her own observation, or that of her personal friends.
On the other hand, both political science and common sense teach us that in matters of state, and especially in the matter of war, private citizens must forego their personal individual
“He is nothing to me otherwise; I would not cry him up on any personal ground–I would keep clear of that.”
in the Phaedrus, Phaedo, Republic; to which