Niccolo Machiavelli: Look at the men around him

“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”—Niccolo Machiavelli, political philosopher and author.

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Machiavelli: New order of things

“There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all who profit by the old order, and only luke-warm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order. This luke-warmness arises partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the law in their favour; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.”

—MACHIAVELLI in The Prince (1513).