You'll come to understand that there are times when any sign of fairness or decency is only perceived as weakness, that there are times when only being a tyrant will suffice for the greater good. You will wonder, time and again, if you're rationalizing when you do what must be done. Remember that when a male ruler does what is necessary, he is a strong and forceful leader of his people. When a woman does exactly the same, she's a cruel bitch who is extreme and unfair.
It's better to be a just tyrant who provides freedom than a dead ruler who tried to be fair in an unfair world.
- L. E. MODESITT, JR., Arms-Commander (Canada, USA, Europe)