Machiavelli, The Prince

Machiavelli, The Prince - 1 The Prince 2 by Nicol...

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The Prince 1 by Nicolò Machiavelli 2 Written c. 1505, published 1515 3 Translated by W. K. Marriott 4 1908 5 6 7 8 DEDICATION 9 10 To the Magnificent Lorenzo Di Piero De' Medici: 11 12 Those who strive to obtain the good graces of a prince are accustomed to come before him with 13 such things as they hold most precious, or in which they see him take most delight; whence one 14 often sees horses, arms, cloth of gold, precious stones, and similar ornaments presented to 15 princes, worthy of their greatness. 16 17 Desiring therefore to present myself to your Magnificence with some testimony of my devotion 18 towards you, I have not found among my possessions anything which I hold more dear than, or 19 value so much as, the knowledge of the actions of great men, acquired by long experience in 20 contemporary affairs, and a continual study of antiquity; which, having reflected upon it with 21 great and 22 prolonged diligence, I now send, digested into a little volume, to your Magnificence. 23 24 And although I may consider this work unworthy of your countenance, nevertheless I trust much 25 to your benignity that it may be acceptable, seeing that it is not possible for me to make a better 26 gift than to offer you the opportunity of understanding in the shortest time all that I have learnt in 27 so many years, and with so many troubles and dangers; which work I have not embellished with 28 swelling or magnificent words, nor stuffed with rounded periods, nor with any extrinsic 29 allurements or adornments whatever, with which so many are accustomed to embellish their 30 works; for I have wished either that no honour should be given it, or else that the truth of the 31 matter and the weightiness of the theme shall make it acceptable. 32 33 Nor do I hold with those who regard it as a presumption if a man of low and humble condition 34 dare to discuss and settle the concerns of princes; because, just as those who draw landscapes 35 place themselves below in the plain to contemplate the nature of the mountains and of lofty 36 places, and in order to contemplate the plains place themselves upon high mountains, even so to 37 understand 38 the nature of the people it needs to be a prince, and to understand that if princes it needs to be of 39 the people. 40 41
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Take then, your Magnificence, this little gift in the spirit in which I send it; wherein, if it be 42 diligently read and considered by you, you will learn my extreme desire that you should attain 43 that greatness which fortune and your other attributes promise. And if your Magnificence from 44 the summit of your greatness will sometimes turn your eyes to these lower regions, you will see 45 how unmeritedly I suffer a great and continued malignity of fortune. 46 47 CHAPTER V 48 Concerning The Way To Govern Cities Or Principalities Which Lived Under 49 Their Own Laws Before They Were Annexed 50 W HENEVER those states which have been acquired as stated have been accustomed to live under 51 their own laws and in freedom, there are three courses for those who wish to hold them: the first
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