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to reassure people and win them over by benefiting them.” (p. 38) “…those capable of maintaining themselves alone who can, through abundance of men or money, put together a sufficient army, and hold the field against any one who assaults him…” “Therefore a wise prince must provide in such a way that, in whatever circumstance, the citizens will always be in need of him and of his government. Then they will always be loyal to him.” (p. 42) “The two most essential foundations for any state whether it be old or new, or both old and new, are sound laws and sound military forces….Mercenary captains either are or are not skillful soldiers. If they are, you cannot trust them, for they will always seek to gain power for themselves either by oppressing you…If they are not skillful soldiers, they will be your ruin in most cases.” (pp. 46-47) “A prince should therefore have no other aim or thought, nor take up any other thing for his study but war and its organization and discipline, for that is the only art that is necessary to one who commands, and it is of such virtue that it not only maintains those who are born princes, but often enables men of private fortune to attain to that rank.”
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