Saturday, April 2, 2011


"For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors, returning from the wars, enjoyed the honor of a triumph, a tumultuous parade.  In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories, together with carts latent with treasure and captured armaments.  The conqueror rode in a triumphant chariot, the day's prisoners walking in chains before him.  Sometimes his children, robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses.  A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning -- "ALL GLORY IS FLEETING."

From the last scene in "Patton"...I have had it framed on my office desk for over 20 years.