Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Quote of the Day (Percy Bysshe Shelley, on Parasites and Power)

“Whence, thinkest thou, kings and parasites arose?
   Whence that unnatural line of drones who heap
   Toil and unvanquishable penury                                    
   On those who build their palaces and bring
   Their daily bread?—From vice, black loathsome vice;
   From rapine, madness, treachery, and wrong;
   From all that genders misery, and makes
   Of earth this thorny wilderness; from lust,
   Revenge, and murder.” —English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), Queen Mab (1813), Part III

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