Mrs. Hurtle: They tell me that he holds the world of commerce in his right hand. What power - what grandeur!
Paul Montague: Grand enough, if it all came honestly.
Such a man rises above honesty, said Mrs. Hurtle, as a great general rises above humanity when he sacrifices an army to conquer a nation. Such greatness is incompatible with small scruples. A pigmy man is stopped by a little ditch, but a giant stalks over the rivers.

Paul Montague: I prefer to be stopped by the ditches.

— Anthony Trollope   (1815 - 1882)

English Novelist

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