Sunday, February 19, 2012

Opening paragraphs.............

It is customary for those who wish to gain the favour of a prince to endeavour to do so by offering to him gifts of those things which they hold most precious, or in which they know him to take especial delight.  In this way princes are often presented with horses, arms, cloth of gold, gems, and such-like ornaments worthy of their grandeur.  In my desire, however, to offer to Your Highness some humble testimony of my devotion, I have been unable to find among my possessions anything which I hold so dear or esteem so highly as that knowledge of the deeds of great men which I have acquired through a long experience of modern events and a constant study of the past.

-Niccolo Machiavelli,  The Prince

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