might is right
- Cf. PLATO Republic I. 338c φημὶ γὰρ ἐγὼ εἶναι τὸ δίκαιον οὐκ ἄλλο τι ἢ τὸ τοῦ κρείττονος συμφέρον, for I [Thrasymachus] say that justice is nothing else than the interest of the stronger; LUCAN Pharsalia 1. 175 mensuraque iuris vis erat, might was the measure of right.
a 1327 in T. Wright Political Songs (1839) 254 For miht is right, the lond is laweless.
1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs II. V. H2v We se many tymes myght ouercomth ryght.
1790 J. TRUSLER Proverbs Exemplified 78 The law is so expensive... Might too often overcomes right.
1892 J. NICHOL Carlyle iv. [In] Chartism..he clearly enunciates ‘Might is right’—one of the few strings on which..he played through life.
1979 Guardian 17 May 24 By adult examples, pupils are being taught such evil doctrines as ‘Might is right’.
2001 Times 7 Nov. 16 All this means is that in politics, as in war, might is right.
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