By Francesco Guicciardini, Mario Domandi, Nicolai Rubinstein
Softcover. college of Pennsylvania Press.
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SERIES C 55 envisaged. What folly it is to play a game in which you can Jose incomparably more than you can win. And what matters perhaps even more, once you have brought about your revolution, you will face a constant torment: the fear of a new revolution. • • • 52. WE SEE from experience that nearly everyone who has helped another to attain power will, as time passes, enjoy small retums for his efforts. The reason is said to be that, knowing the man's ability, the prince fears he may some day try to take back what he has given.
They must be taught by discretion. • • • SERIES C 48 7· UNLESS vou are forced by necessity, be careful in your conversations never to say anything which, if repeated, might displease others. For often, at times and in ways you could never foresee, those words may do you great harm. In this matter, 1 wam you, be very careful. Even prudent men go wrong here, and it is difficult not to. But if the difficulty is great, so much greater is the reward for him who knows how to do it. • • • 8. IF EITHER necessity or contempt induces you to speak ill of another, at least be careful to say things that will ofEend only him.
For it is easier to know and understand them than to put them into practice. But this too becomes easier if you grow so accustomed to them that they are always fresh in your memory. • • • trust so much in native intelligence that he beHeves it to be sufficient without the help of experience. No matter what his natural endowments, any man who has been in a position of responsibility will admit that experience attains many things which natural gifts alone could never attain. 10. LET NO ONE • • • Do NOT let the ingratitude of many men deter you from doing good to others.