All cities, all states, all reigns are mortal.
Everything, either by nature or by accident ends at some time.
And so a citizen who is living in the final stage of his country’s existence
should not feel as sorry for his country as he should for himself.
What happened to his country was inevitable;
but to be born at a time when such a disaster
has to happen was his misfortune.
– Francesco Guicciardini
Ricordi (quoted in Guy Debord’s Panegyric).