Niccolò Machiavelli and His Times, Volume 3

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C. K. Paul & Company, 1883 - Italy
 

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Page 402 - I certainly think that it is better to be impetuous than cautious, for fortune is a woman, and it is necessary, if you wish to master her, to conquer her by force; and it can be seen that she lets herself be overcome by the bold rather than by those who proceed coldly.
Page 241 - CHAP. bound to love the safety of his country better than ^^^ the salvation of his soul. A Venetian of earlier date had said the same. He insisted that the Council of Ten for War should always be composed of persons who loved their country better than their souls, "because it is impossible to regulate Governments and States according to the precepts of Christian law.
Page 73 - Le qual di poi si furon quel pasto, Quel rio boccon, quel venenoso cibo, Che di San Marco ha lo stomaco guasto." Then the Florentines, turning the opportunity to account, starved Pisa into submission, by compassing her about in such fashion that none could enter " without wings ; " so that although her obstinacy had long endured, " Torno piangendo alia catena antica.
Page 338 - Alen9on hung raw hides along their walls in scorn of the baseness of his birth, with cries of " Work for the Tanner!" William tore out his prisoners' eyes, cut off their hands and feet, and flung them into the town. At the close of his greatest victory he refused Harold's body a grave.
Page 375 - And he who becomes master of a city accustomed to freedom and does not destroy it, may expect to be destroyed by- it, for in rebellion it has always the watchword of liberty and its ancient privileges as a rallying point, which neither time nor benefits will ever cause it to forget.
Page 268 - With these differences, however, that in the East aristocracies became religious, in the West civil or political, the proposition that a historical era of aristocracies succeeded a historical era of heroic kings may be considered as true, if not of all mankind, at all events of all branches of the Indo-European family of nations.
Page 321 - There is nothing more modern than the critical spirit which dwells upon the difference between the minds of men in one age and in another ; which endeavours to make each age its own interpreter, and judge what it did or produced by a relative standard.
Page 183 - And five days later, having thanked his friend for the goodwill shown by him at the time of his incarceration, and told him that he owed his safety to the Magnificent Giuliano and to Paolo Vettori, he again appeals to his kind offices, in order that " these masters of mine may not leave me in neglect. And if nothing can be done, I must live as I came into the world, for I was born poor, and learnt to want before learning to enjoy.
Page 391 - And it must be understood that a prince, and especially a new prince, cannot observe all those things which are considered good in men, being often obliged, in order to maintain the state, to act against faith, against charity, against humanity, and against religion.
Page 407 - ... than THE PRINCE OF MACHIAVELLI. There is no book more lucidly, directly, and plainly written. There is no book that has aroused more vehement, venomous, and even truculent controversy from the moment of its publication until to-day. And it is asserted with great probability that The Prince has had a more direct action upon real life than any other book in the world, and a larger share in breaking the chains and lighting the dark places of the Middle Ages.

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