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Chapter 6-8

Machiavelli, The Prince: Chapters 6-8

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University of Toronto St. George
Political Science
Clifford Orwin

thPOL200Y1 Visions of the JustGood Society January 25 2012Machiavelli The Prince Chapter 6 Of New Principalities That Are Acquired Through Ones Own Arms and Virtue y Because most men walk on paths beaten by others and proceed in their actions by imitation unable to either stay on the paths of other altogether or to attain the virtue of those whom you imitate a prudent man should always enter upon the paths beaten by great men and imitate those who have been most excellent so that if his own virtue does not reach that far it is at least in the odor of it y Prudent men should set their aim much higher than the place intended not to reach such height w their arrow but to be able w the aid of so high an aim to achieve their plan y In new principalities where there is a new prince one encounters more or less difficulty in maintaining them according to whether the one who acquires the is more or less virtuous y He who has relied less on fortune has maintain himself more y If one examines the actions and lives of the most excellent eg Moses Romulus Cyrus one does not see that they has anything else from fortune than the opportunity which gave them the matter enabling them to introduce any form they pleased y Wo that opportunity their virtue of spirit would have been eliminated and wo that virtue the opportunity would have come in vain y It was necessary then for Moses to find the people of Israel in Egypt
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