„Suetonius, in holding up a mirror to those Caesars of diverting legend, reflects not only them but ourselves: half-tamed creatures, whose great moral task is to hold in balance the angel and the monster within – for we are both, and to ignore this duality is to invite disaster.“

—  Suetonio, Gore Vidal, On Our Own Now (London, 1976), p. 72.
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