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“Upon this, one has to remark that men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.”
“For my part I consider that it is better to be adventurous than cautious, because fortune is a woman, and if you wish to keep her under it is necessary to beat and ill-use her; and it is seen that she allows herself to be mastered by the adventurous rather than by those who go to work more coldly. She is, therefore, always, woman-like, a lover of young men, because they are less cautious, more violent, and with more audacity command her.”
Being well-versed in the writings of Robert Greene, I was familiar with a lot of Machiavellian principles — Prince completes the circle.
This book was written in Italian, hundreds of years ago, and has since been many times translated, making the vocabulary rougher than native-English speaking literature (and adding a week to my reading time for this book).
Prince is about the ruling of territories, what worked and what didn’t work, and why, using examples from Machiavelli’s time. If you’re a fan of the 33 Strategies or The Art Of War, The Prince is required reading.