Equally right and equally wrong would be the one who should say that Napoleon went to…

21 Jan

Equally right and equally wrong would be the one who should say that Napoleon went to Moscow because he wanted to go, and was ruined because Alexander wished him to be ruined; equally right and equally wrong would be the man who should declare that a mountain, weighing millions of tons and undermined, fell in consequence of the last blow of mattock dealt by the last laborer.In the events of history, so-called great men are merely tags that supply a name to the event, and have quite as little connection with the event itself as the tag. Every one of their actions, though apparently performed by their own free will, is, in its historical significance, out of the scope of volition, and is correlated with the whole trend of history; and is, consequently, preordained from all eternity.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

One Response to “Equally right and equally wrong would be the one who should say that Napoleon went to…”

  1. Russel Ray Photos January 23, 2014 at 3:15 am #

    I’m not afraid to admit that Tolstoy’s writing is beyond me. I’m more a Stephen King fan……….lol

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