Wapointe on Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire

How did you go bankrupt? Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.

— Ernest Hemingway

The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and
guided, men are seldom forced to act, but they are
constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not
destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize,
but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a
people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than
a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the
government is the shepherd

— Alexis de Tocqueville