Seneca on Authority

How difficult it is to bend a mind away from anger
Once aroused to it, and how royal anyone thinks it is,
After he has moved his proud hands to the scepter,
To go on as he began, I have learned in my royal home.

Difficile quam sit animum ab ira flectere
iam concitatum quamque regale hoc putet
sceptris superbas quisquis admouit manus,
qua coepit ire, regia didici mea.

—Seneca, Medea 203–206

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