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World's Classics XLIII THE PRINCE BY NICCOL6 MACHIAVELLI THE PRINCE BY NICCOL6 MACHIAVELLI TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH BY LUIGI RICCI HUMPHREY MILFORD OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS LONDON EDINBURGH GLASGOW NEW YORK TORONTO MELBOURNE CAPETOWN BOMBAY CALCUTTA AND MADRAS NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI Born, Florence Died, Florence May 3, June 1469 22, 1527 ' The present translation of Machiavelli's * Prince was first published in 'The World's Classics' in 1903, and reprinted in 1909 and 1921.
Nigrinus, and pacified things in the East, he returned to Rome and charged Albinus in the senate with having, unmindful of the benefits received from him, traitorously sought to assassinate him, and stated that he was therefore obliged to go before, it is Knowing the sloth who was leader of and punish his ingratitude. He then went to France to meet him, and there deprived him of both THE PRINCE 79 Whoever examines in position and his life. detail the actions of Severus, will find him to
is an inhim, they are undoubtedly deceived. fallible rule that a prince who is not wise himself cannot be well advised, unless by chance he left himself entirely in the hands of one man who ruled him in everything, and happened to be a very prudent man. In this case he may doubtless be well governed, but it would not last long, for that governor would in a short time deprive him of the state ; but by taking counsel with many, a prince who is not wise will never have united councils and NICCOLO
that it is better to unsuccessful. be impetuous than cautious, for fortune is a woman, and it is necessary, if you wish to master her, to conquer her by force and it can be seen that she lets herself be overcome by these rather than by ful so ; And therefore, like a coldly. a friend to the young, because they are less cautious, fiercer, and master her with greater audacity. those who proceed woman, she is CHAPTER XXVI EXHORTATION TO LIBERATE ITALY FROM THE BARBARIANS HAVING now considered
Lombardy they had made the king ruler over two-thirds of Consider how little difficulty the king Italy. would have had in maintaining his reputation in Italy if he had observed the rules above given, and kept a firm and sure hold over all those friends of his, who being many in number, and weak, and fearful one of the Church, another of the Venetians, were always obliged to hold fast to him, and by whose aid he could easily make sure of any who were still great. But he was hardly in Milan before