Leibniz on the Wise and the Powerful

It is to be hoped that the most powerful be always the most wise, or that the most wise be the most powerful; but human wisdom is quite limited, and often the greatest minds make the greatest mistakes.–Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, “Excerpts from Two Letters to Landgraf Ernst of Hesse-Rheinfels Concerning Absolute Power and Resistance”, in Leibniz: Political Writings (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), pg. 186

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