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Niccolò Machiavelli

The Prince

The Prince is a book that was controversial before it had even been sent to the printer. Written in vernacular Italian instead of Latin, dedicated to a member of one of the most powerful Italian families of the day, and only printed after Machiavelli’s death, this treatise on how to tyrannize effectively was considered shocking even by his contemporaries. The discussion of its morality that continues to this day gives us the modern-day word Machiavellian.
The book is organized into several sections, each one giving direction on the ruthless rule of principalities that Machiavelli based on both reading and personal experience. Despite its controversial nature, The Prince is often cited as one of the first examples of modern philosophical thought, and the “advice” contained within is still quoted as relevant today.
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    you wish to please me, and to bring success and honour to yourself, do right and study, because others will help you if you help yourself."
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    And firstly, if it be not en­tirely new, but is, as it were, a mem­ber of a state which, taken col­lect­ively, may be called com­pos­ite, the changes arise chiefly from an in­her­ent dif­fi­culty which there is in all new prin­cip­al­it­ies; for men change their rulers will­i
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    just as those who draw land­scapes place them­selves be­low in the plain to con­tem­plate the nature of the moun­tains and of lofty places, and in or­der to con­tem­plate the plains place them­selves upon high moun­tains, even so to un­der­stand the nature of the people it needs to be a prince, and to un­der­stand that of princes it needs to be of the people.

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