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Machiavellian Wisdom

 
 
Khethil
 
Reply Wed 13 May, 2009 08:46 am
Although this particular work is repleat with undeniable and practical bits of raw-wisdom, I ran across this quote from Machiavelli this morning and thought I'd share it: [INDENT]"For injuries out to be done all at one time, so that, being tasted less, they offend less; benefits to be given out little by little, so that the flavour of them may last longer"
[/INDENT]"The Prince", Nicolo Machiavelli, 1513

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Here's another that has some inexorable implications (if perhaps only conceptual) to the modern day, post-industrialization conflicts between and amongst government, the holders of wealth and the people at-large. I wonder if any might see the same parallel in this as I:
[INDENT]"You cannot satisfy the nobles without hurt to others, because their object is to oppress. You can satisfy the people, for their only desire is: not to be oppressed"
"The Prince", Nicolo Machiavelli, 1513
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GoshisDead
 
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Reply Wed 13 May, 2009 04:27 pm
@Khethil,
I adore Machiavelli, no matter how un-pc it is to admire his work. The total practicality of the man appeals to me, and reveals by its practicality that there is a human nature, which point many more respected thinkers try to intellectualize away.
Khethil
 
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Reply Fri 15 May, 2009 07:40 am
@GoshisDead,
GoshisDead wrote:
I adore Machiavelli, no matter how un-pc it is to admire his work. The total practicality of the man appeals to me, and reveals by its practicality that there is a human nature, which point many more respected thinkers try to intellectualize away.


I'm very glad you pointed this out. We, as it best suits our socialization - some less, some more - tend to shy away from some of the more musty, raw-practicality aspects to human nature. Bury the immoral - to be sure - but lets not deny the elephant in the room on these accounts. Understanding so much of what Machiavelli shocks with, is many times to understand more fully, human nature.

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