Divide and rule, the politician cries;
Unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.

[Entzwei’ und gebiete! Tüchtig Wort;
Verein’ und leite! Beßrer Hort!]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, statesman, scientist
Sprüche in Reimen (1819)

Alt. trans.:
  • "Divide and command, a wise maxim; / Unite and guide, a better."
  • "Divide and rule, a capital motto! / Unite and lead, a better one!"

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