“Civilized men consume one another by due process of law.”
— Will and Ariel Durant in The Lessons of History
I should read books more often. There be quotes inside, sometimes good ones.
Here’s the entire quote as I read it, in the book Cod.
“So the first biological lesson of history is that life is competition. Competition is not only the life of trade, it is the trade of life—peaceful when food abounds, violent when the mouths outrun the food. Animals eat one another without qualm; civilized men consume one another by due process of law.”