Blogging the Bookshelf

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Either by the splendour of genius, or the adroitness of corruption – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr 

May 12th, 2012 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Leadership, Morality, Philosophy, Politics, Power

But (The Protagonist of Lost Illusions) is subject to what Balzac calls the ‘pitiless laws of society’. Great expression, that. And here are some of those awful laws, expressed by one of Lucien’s Paris acquaintances:

“Do you know how a man makes his way in this world? Either by the splendour of genius, or the adroitness of corruption. He must burst like a cannon-ball into the ranks of his fellow-men, or he must glide in among them like the pestilence.”

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