“Picture the prince, such as most of them are today: a man ignorant of the law, well-nigh an enemy to his people’s advantage, while intent on his personal convenience, a dedicated voluptuary, a hater of learning, freedom and truth, without a thought for the interests of his country, and measuring everything in terms of his own profit and desires.”

Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch, philosopher, book quote from “In Praise of Folly”, 1515. Translation by Betty Radice,1990, Penguin