Letters of Sri Aurobindo
9. Fate and Free-Will, Karma and Heredity, etc
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It is not only the very very big people who are of importance to the Divine. All energy, strong capacity, power of effectuation are of importance.
As for Napoleon, Caesar and Shakespeare, not one of them was a virtuous man, but they were great men, and that was your contention that only virtuous men are great men and those who have vices are not great, which is an absurd contention. All of them went after women – two were ambitious, unscrupulous. Napoleon was most arrogant and violent.
Shakespeare stole deer, Napoleon lied freely, Caesar was without scruples.