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2009-02-24 14:32:57.311358+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Milton's Satan in Paradise Lost 1.261-263:

Here we may reign secure, and in my choyce
To reign is worth ambition though in Hell:
Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav'n.

Achilles, in The Odyssey:

... I'd rather live working as a wage-labourer for hire by some other man, one who had no land and not much in the way of livelihood, than lord it over all the wasted dead.

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-02-24 16:39:31.246139+00 by: pknox

Last words of Truman's VP, Alben W. Barkley, before he died suddenly on the Senate floor:

"I'm glad to sit on the back row, for I would rather be a servant in the House of the Lord than to sit in the seats of the mighty."

#Comment Re: made: 2009-02-25 00:59:39.832453+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Remember that Milton's Satan was, well, Satan.

And yeah, I've known lots of people who'd rather be the big fish in a small pond.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-02-25 22:24:36.269716+00 by: meuon

"big fish in a small pond" - that was me. 1989. the pond has gotten much bigger. And in a way, I've kept up.