Quote from Hugh Thomas 

"History suggests that the cause of national decline is, as a rule, that the state in the nation concerned has sought to do too much rather than too little. This applies as much to the Roman Empire as to the Spanish. "

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Hugh Thomas
(1931- ) Baron Thomas of Swynnerton, British historian
"An Unfinished History of the World" by Hamish Hamilton (1979)
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