Letters of Sri Aurobindo
Volume 1. 1933-34
Fragment ID: 16734
Napoleon and Caesar were great not merely in one small thing as in the case of R, but in many things. I suppose many great people were like them, otherwise they would not have been of much use to the world or to the Divine.
It is not only the very very very big people who are of importance to the Divine. All energy, strong capacity, power of effectuation are of importance.
As for N, C and S not one of them was a virtuous man, but they were great men,– and it 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.