If in a country there are the following ten evils: rites, music, odes, history, virtue, moral culture, filial piety, brotherly duty, integrity, and sophistry, the ruler cannot make the people fight and dismemberment is inevitable; and this brings extinction in train. If a country has not these ten things and a ruler can make the people fight, he will be so prosperous he can attain supremacy.
— Lord Shang Yang, The Book of Lord Shang
Hitler hated painters who were better than him, which is to say, virtually everybody.
Every week, each television network would secretly produce a list of names of actors, writers, and directors who could not be hired. The list was arbitrary, to say the last. There was, however, a means of expiation for those excluded. A grocery-store owner in Schenectady had made himself the acknowledged authority on Communism by refusing to sell anything advertised on those programs that hired Communists. Simply, a threat from him could deprive you of work; however, if the proscribed actors or writer proved to be genuinely repentant, he could go to Schenectady, much as a sick Catholic might go to Lourdes, and there the Butcher, as we called him, would absolve him if he swore to sin no more.
—Gore Vidal, Palimpsest