a philosophical observation

"How praiseworthy it is for a prince to keep his word and live with integrity and not by cunning, everyone knows. Nevertheless, one sees from experience in our times that the princes who have accomplished great deeds are those who have thought little about keeping faith and who have known how cunningly to manipulate men's minds; and in the end they have surpassed those who laid their foundations upon sincerity." (Machiavelli, N., The Prince, Oxford, p. 60, trans. Bondanella)

Hat tip: Mychal Massie

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