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As princes cannot help being hated by someone, they ought to avoid being hated by every one.
no one can hope either to deceive him or to get round him.
let him show that his judgments are irrevocable.
leave affairs of reproach to the management of others, and keep those of grace in their own hands.
show greatness, courage, gravity, and fortitude
to be considered fickle, frivolous, effeminate, mean-spirited, irresolute. From all of which a prince should guard himself as from a rock.
It will be found that something which looks like virtue, if followed, would be his ruin.
Whilst something else, which looks like vice, yet followed brings him security and prosperity.
The prince who relies entirely on fortune is lost when it changes. us live according to the spirit of the times.
fortune being changeful and mankind steadfast in their ways, so long as the two are in agreement men are successful, but unsuccessful when they fall out.
August 26, 2018