Tytler Cycle

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The Tytler Cycle is an image showing the progression of nations and is based on an apocryphal quote by Alexander Fraser Tytler.

“Like all other affections and passions, [patriotism] operates with the greatest force where it meets with the greatest difficulties … but in a state of ease and safety, as if wanting its appropriate nourishment, it languishes and decays”. … “It is a law of nature to which no experience has ever furnished an exception, that the rising grandeur and opulence of a nation must be balanced by the decline of its heroic virtues”.

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