Edward Gibbon

“The authority of the prince," said Artaxerxes, "must be defended by a military force; that force can only be maintained by taxes; all taxes must, at last, fall upon agriculture; and agriculture can never flourish except under the protection of justice and moderation." ^55”


Edward Gibbon, History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volumes 1-6
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