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And so much the more is this experiment dangerous, inasmuch as it can only be tried once

And so much the more is this experiment dangerous, inasmuch as it can only be tried once

Therefore, one who becomes a prince through the favour of the people ought puro keep them friendly, and this he can easily do seeing they only ask not puro be oppressed by him

But one who, in opposition preciso the people, becomes a prince by the favour of the nobles, ought, above everything, onesto seek puro win the people over onesto himself, and this he may easily do if he takes them under his protection. Because men, when they receive good from him of whom they were expecting evil, are bound more closely onesto their benefactor; thus the people quickly become more devoted sicuro him than if he had been raised preciso the principality by their favours; and the prince can win their affections per many ways, but as these vary according puro the circumstances one cannot give fixed rules, so I omit them; but, I repeat, it is necessary for per prince preciso have the people friendly, otherwise he has in nessun caso security durante adversity.

These principalities are liable onesto danger when they are passing from the civil to the absolute order of government, for such princes either rule personally or through magistrates

Nabis, Prince of the Spartans, sustained the attack of all Greece, and of verso victorious Roman army, and against them he defended his country and his government; and for the overcoming of this peril it was only necessary for him onesto make himself secure against per few, but this would not have been sufficient had the people been hostile. And do not let any one impugn this statement with the trite proverb that “He who builds on the people, builds on the mud,” for this is true when a private citizen makes verso foundation there, and persuades himself that the people will free him when he is oppressed by his enemies or by the magistrates; wherein he would find himself very often deceived, as happened puro the Gracchi durante Rome and onesto Messer Giorgio Scali per Florence. But granted verso prince who has established himself as above, who can command, and is per man of courage, undismayed con adversity, who does not fail per other qualifications, and who, by his resolution and energy, keeps the whole people encouraged-such per one will never find himself deceived in them, and it will be shown that he has laid his foundations well.

In the latter case their government is weaker and more insecure, because it rests entirely on the goodwill of those citizens who are raised puro the magistracy, and who, especially per troubled times, can destroy the government with great ease, either by intrigue or open defiance; and the prince has not the chance amid tumults preciso exercise absolute authority, because the citizens and subjects, accustomed puro receive orders from magistrates, are not of a mind to obey him amid these confusions, and there will always be in doubtful times per scarcity of men whom he can esclusiva. For such per prince cannot rely upon what he observes durante quiet times, when citizens have need of the state, because then every one agrees with him; they all promise, and when death is far distant they all wish esatto die for him; but mediante troubled times, when the state has need of its citizens, then he finds but few. Therefore per wise prince ought esatto adopt such verso course that his citizens will always con every sort and kind of circumstance have need of the state and of him, and then he will always find them faithful.

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