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Niccolò Machiavelli

  • Mugisa Pius Edward (Dr. Edds)цитуєторік
    , as a rule, men will accept no new law altering the institutions of their State, unless the necessity for such a change be demonstrated; and since this necessity cannot arise without danger, the State may easily be overthrown before the new order of things is established.
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    Monarchy, Aristocracy, and Democracy,
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    a Monarchy readily becomes a Tyranny, an Aristocracy an Oligarchy, while a Democracy tends to degenerate into Anarchy.
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    For where we have a monarchy, an aristocracy, and a democracy existing together in the same city, each of the three serves as a check upon the other.
  • Mugisa Pius Edward (Dr. Edds)цитуєторік
    They who lay the foundations of a State and furnish it with laws must, as is shown by all who have treated of civil government, and by examples of which history is full, assume that 'all men are bad, and will always, when they have free field, give loose to their evil inclinations
  • Mugisa Pius Edward (Dr. Edds)цитуєторік
    men never behave well unless compelled, and that whenever they are free to act as they please, and are under no restraint everything falls at once into confusion and disorder.
  • Mugisa Pius Edward (Dr. Edds)цитуєторік
    though they be ignorant, the people are not therefore, as Cicero says, incapable of being taught the truth, but are readily convinced when it is told them by one in whose honesty they can trust.
  • Mugisa Pius Edward (Dr. Edds)цитуєторік
    a rule, disorders are more commonly occasioned by those seeking to preserve power, because in them the fear of loss breeds the same passions as are felt by those seeking to acquire;
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    he who looks carefully into the matter will find, that in all human affairs, we cannot rid ourselves of one inconvenience without running into another.
  • Mugisa Pius Edward (Dr. Edds)цитуєторік
    which reason in all our deliberations we ought to consider where we are likely to encounter least inconvenience, and accept that as the course to be preferred, since we shall never find any line of action entirely free from disadvantage.
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