For on Cardinal Rohan saying to me that the Italians did not understand war, I replied that the French did not understand politics.
More Quotes from Niccolo Machiavelli:We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.
So long as the great majority of men are not deprived of either property or honor, they are satisfied
For, in truth, there is no sure way of holding other than by destroying
Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.
The people resemble a wild beast, which, naturally fierce and accustomed to live in the woods, has been brought up, as it were, in a prison and in servitude, and having by accident got its liberty, not being accustomed to search for its food, and not knowing where to conceal itself, easily becomes the prey of the first who seeks to incarcerate it again.
Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.
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During our travels, the Indians entertained me well; and their affection for me was so great, that they utterly refused to leave me there with the others, although the Governor offered them one hundred pounds sterling for me, on purpose to give me a parole to go home.
Most people I know I think agree and even many theists agree with this. We don't want government involved.