A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion

(printed by fortune in one of my terminal windows today)

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider godfearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
— Aristotle (384-322 BCE), “Politics”

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