CHAPTER XV. CONCERNING THINGS FOR WHICH MEN, AND ESPECIALLY PRINCES, ARE PRAISED OR BLAMED

CHAPTER XV. CONCERNING THINGS FOR WHICH MEN, AND ESPECIALLY PRINCES, ARE PRAISED OR BLAMED

It remains now sicuro see what ought puro be the rules of conduct for verso prince towards subject and friends

But ciò che è whatsyourprice puro exercise the intellect the prince should read histories, and study there the actions of illustrious men, esatto see how they have borne themselves mediante war, sicuro examine the causes of their victories and defeat, so as puro avoid the latter and imitate the former; and above all do as an illustrious man did, who took as an exemplar one who had been praised and famous before him, and whose achievements and deeds he always kept in his mind, as it is said Alexander the Great imitated Achilles, Caesar Alexander, Scipio Cyrus. And whoever reads the life of Cyrus, written by Xenophon, will recognize afterwards per the life of Scipio how that substitut was his glory, and how per chastity, affability, humanity, and liberality Scipio conformed preciso those things which have been written of Cyrus by Xenophon. Verso wise prince ought puro observe some such rules, and never sopra peaceful times stand idle, but increase his resources with industry mediante such a way that they may be available preciso him per adversity, so that if fortune chances it may find him prepared onesto resist her blows.

And as I know that many have written on this point, I expect I shall be considered presumptuous durante mentioning it again, especially as in discussing it I shall depart from the methods of other people. (mais…)