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“Anyone who determines to act in all circumstances the part of a good man must come to ruin among so many who are not good. Hence, if a prince wishes to maintain himself, he must learn how not to be good, and to use that ability or not as is required. The experience of our times shows that the princes who have done great things are the ones who have taken little account of their promises and who have known how to addle the brains of men with their craft.”
So far as he is able, a prince should stick to the path of good but, if the necessity arises, he should know how to follow evil.
Men should either be treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injures – for heavy ones they cannot.
The prince must be a fox, therefore, to recognize the traps and a lion to frighten the wolves."
The Prince , by Machiavelli
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