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St Camillo de Lelis

Gore Vidal 1925 - 2012

Dum cadunt res publicae, cadit et lingua. Verba celant, non illuminant: urbem liberas in diruendo. Verba confundunt; ut in die comitii suffragantes condigne res suas impediunt.

"As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests."

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We heard of it last night. This day, we truly mourn.