ITALY: Duce ( 1922-43)

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The Rest Is Silence. Benito Mussolini had studded his gaudy years with gaudy phrases:

> "I shall make my own life a masterpiece."

> "I am desperately Italian. I believe in the function of Latinity."

> "Better to live a day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep."

> "Imperialism [is] the eternal and immutable law of life."

> "War is the normal state of the people."

> "[Democracies consist of] people who are in a decline."

> "If I advance, follow me; if I retreat, kill me; if I die, avenge me."

Benito Mussolini's people had had enough of such phrases. Of late the trains had not even run on time.

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