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It is easy to understand whence this love of liberty arises among nations, for we know by experience that States have never signally increased, either as to dominion or wealth, except where they have lived under a free government.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 2: CHAPTER II   Context
This method, then, as I have said, was followed by the Romans alone; but no other plan can be pursued by a republic which desires to extend its power; experience having shown none other so safe and certain.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 2: CHAPTER IV   Context
Cases, moreover, arise in which those who have little experience of affairs are sure to be misled, from the matters with which they have to deal being attended by many deceptive appearances such as lead men to believe whatsoever they are minded to believe.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 2: CHAPTER XXII   Context
For which reason we should on such occasions choose for our tools those who have had experience in similar affairs, and trust no others though reputed of the truest courage.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 3: CHAPTER VI   Context
For in these grave undertakings, no one who is without such experience, however bold and resolute, is to be trusted.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 3: CHAPTER VI   Context
Lucullus when sent against Mithridates was wholly without experience in war: but his brave army, which was provided with many excellent officers, speedily taught him to be a good captain.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 3: CHAPTER XIII   Context
For he who joins therein gains a special acquaintance with the character of the country in which it is followed; and he who has made himself specially familiar with one district, will afterwards readily understand the character of any strange country into which he comes.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 3: CHAPTER XXXIX   Context
For 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.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 1: CHAPTER VI   Context
And so this adventurer, marching forth with an undisciplined and disorderly rabble to meet Hannibal, was, with all his followers, defeated and slain in the very first encounter.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 1: CHAPTER LIII   Context
In secret nocturnal enterprises of this sort, no man was ever more successful than Aratus of Sicyon, although in any encounter by day there never was a more arrant coward.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 2: CHAPTER XXXII   Context
True it is that the conspiracy contrived by Pelopidas for the liberation of his country, had to encounter every conceivable hindrance, and yet had the happiest end.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 3: CHAPTER VI   Context
But this was not the case with Hannibal when he had to encounter Fabius, nor with the Gauls when they were opposed to Sulpitius.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 3: CHAPTER X   Context
Such a choice were certainly the wisest and the most advantageous, could men be content to enjoy what is their own without seeking to lord it over others.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 1: CHAPTER I   Context
For all countries and provinces which enjoy complete freedom, make, as I have said, most rapid progress.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 2: CHAPTER II   Context
The same causes make these States careless to enlarge their territories; because acquisitions which have to be shared among many communities are less thought of than those made by a single republic which looks to enjoy them all to itself.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 2: CHAPTER IV   Context
For to them it seemed that the citizens of Capua were unworthy to enjoy advantages which they knew not how to defend.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 2: CHAPTER XX   Context
This, however, is a task requiring qualities so seldom combined, that were many of those captains who now enjoy a great name with the world, called on to perform it, they would be much less thought of than they are.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 3: CHAPTER XIII   Context
For all love to gather riches and to add to their possessions when their enjoyment of them is not likely to be disturbed.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 2: CHAPTER II   Context
And yet, as I have said on another occasion, when speaking of the difference between the methods suitable for acquiring and those suitable for maintaining, it is impossible for a republic to remain long in the peaceful enjoyment of freedom within a restricted frontier.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 2: CHAPTER XIX   Context
Wherefore, when the commons are put forward as the defenders of liberty, they may be expected to take better care of it, and, as they have no desire to tamper with it themselves, to be less apt to suffer others to do so.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 1: CHAPTER V   Context
For while the Romans would build no fortresses, the Spartans not merely abstained from building them, but would not even suffer their cities to be enclosed with walls; desiring to be protected by their own valour only, and by no other defence.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 2: CHAPTER XXIV   Context
Now although these scruples of his were wise and good, we ought never out of regard for what is good, to suffer an evil to run its course, since it may well happen that the evil will prevail over the good.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 3: CHAPTER III   Context
But he whose life is threatened, finding himself forced by necessity either to do or suffer, becomes a man most dangerous to the prince, as shall be fully explained hereafter.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 3: CHAPTER VI   Context
And to begin with those which are incurred beforehand, and which are graver than all the rest, I say that he must be both very prudent and very fortunate who, when contriving a conspiracy, does not suffer his secret to be discovered.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 3: CHAPTER VI   Context
But when you lose what it was your purpose, and what all know it was your purpose to hold, you suffer a real loss and injury, and, like the Gauls on the defeat of their champion, you are ruined by a mishap of no moment in itself.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, BOOK 3: CHAPTER XXXVII   Context
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