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Words of advice concerning power

31 October, 2019

• ADVICE for a prime minister on the temptations of power – Vaclav Havel, Czech president noted: “once you’ve had it, it’s impossible ever to be free of it… the higher you have reached, the stronger its grip on you will be. You cannot keep it… and yet psychologically you cannot entirely give it up. For the rest of your life, you are going to be defined not by what you do but by what you did.”

Havel, Michael Zantovsky.

St George’s Fields, W2


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