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PinkMonkey.com-MonkeyNotes-The Prince, by Nicolo Machiavelli
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QUOTATION: There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands
things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the
third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind
is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.
QUOTATION: The main foundations of every state, new states as well as
ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms ... you cannot
have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good
laws inevitably follow.
QUOTATION: The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and
common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather
than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to
acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes.
QUOTATION: Many have dreamed up republics and principalities that have
never in truth been known to exist; the gulf between how one should live
and how one does live is so wide that that a man who neglects what is
actually done for what should be done learns the way to self-destruction
rather than self-preservation.
QUOTATION: Men nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed
in their affairs by imitation, even though they cannot entirely keep to
the tracks of others or emulate the prowess of their models. So a prudent
man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those
who have been outstanding. If his own prowess fails to compare with theirs,
at least it has an air of greatness about it. He should behave like those
archers who, if they are skilful, when the target seems too distant, know
the capabilities of their bow and aim a good deal higher than their objective,
not in order to shoot so high but so that by aiming high they can reach
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