The culminating point in any nation’s history:

“Economic and political prosperity are not the final measures of human progress.

The Rome of Trajan was immeasurably more splendid than the Rome of the Scipios; yet the progress had been downwards nevertheless.

If the object of our existence on this planet is the development of character, the culminating point in any nation’s history is that at which it produces its noblest and bravest men.”

– James Anthony Froude, The English in the West Indies

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