"Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them." - Napoleon Bonaparte
Ambition. The simplest of creatures have this. But the distinction Napoleon makes is what one chooses to do with it. Do we aim it towards the high and noble? Or do we simply pursue the common?
Napoleon speaks further of great character. Black and white pictures flip through one's mind like a dealer shuffling cards. Hero-hero-hero-tyrant. They're all there. The good and the bad. Some wear their character like camouflage. Some wear it like armor.
Napoleon considers principles. Principles. I could name a few. We all have a Saturday Morning Cartoon understanding of them. They are fleeting things bartered away early and often in one's life. Few manage to hang on to them, fewer still to live by them.
Simply, what we do matters. Often, how we do it matters more. Let me give you an example.
I don't need to say a whole lot here about Monty. Everyone knows his reputation as a leader and friend. So anything I mention here won't be news to anyone.
I'll just say thank you, Monty, and congratulations on your Emerald Dagger. Not just for your service to Plagueis, but for your example to us all. I'll let the recommendations for your award do the rest.
First round's on me, partner.
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