“Give them an empire… Not just money and power… Give them an olive branch, extended on a wharf. Give them a place of their own. Give them an imperial city for a capital, not just a great, ugly, monster of an industry town. Give them universities that they can send their children to. Give them opera houses and libraries and museums. Give them a city they’ll want to live in… Culture is not just a pretentious word for rich bitches with nothing better to do… Culture is what transforms raw power into civilization.”
p. 432

1633, David Weber & Eric Flint, 2002


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