Political Realism

And the manner in which we live, and that in which we ought to live, are things so wide asunder, that he who quits the one to betake himself to the other is more likely to destroy than save himself; since anyone who would act up to a perfect standard of goodness in everything, must be ruined among so many who are not good.

Niccolo Machiavelli 1469-1527

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Machiavelli said…

“…a wise man ought always to set before him for his example the actions of great men who have excelled in the achievement of some great exploit to the end that though his virtue and power arrives not at that perfection, it may at least come as near as is possible, and receive some tincture thereby.”

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)