By Niccolò Machiavelli
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And THE PRINCE nine is that once a robust foreigner enters a province, the entire much less strong population develop into his adherents, jnoved through the envy they endure to these ruling over them ; a lot in order that in regards to those minor potentates he has no hassle no matter what in successful them over, for they willingly subscribe to forces with the country that he has obtained. He has in simple terms to be cautious that they don't think an excessive amount of energy and authority, and he can simply together with his personal forces and their favour positioned down those who are robust and stay in everyAnd he who factor the arbiter of that province. doesn't govern good during this approach will quickly lose what he has got, and whereas he holds it's going to meet with countless hassle and hassle. The Romans within the provinces they took, consistently this coverage ; they confirmed colonies, flattered the fewer strong with no expanding their energy, positioned down the main robust and didn't permit overseas rulers to procure impression in them. i'm going to allow the only province of Greece suffice as an instance. They made neighbors with the Achaei and the ^Etoli, the dominion of Macedonia used to be solid down, and Antiochus pushed out, nor did they permit the advantages of the Achaei or the ^Etoli to achieve them any bring up of territory, nor did the persuasions of Philip result in them to befriend him with no decreasing him, nor might the ability of Antiochus lead them to consent to permit him to carry any nation in that province. For the Romans did subsequently what all clever princes may still do, who glance not just at the present hazards but additionally at destiny ones and diligently safeguard opposed to them ; for being foreseen they could simply be remedied, but when one waits until they're to hand, the drugs isn't any longer in time because the illness has turn into incurable ; it occurring with this as with these annoying fevers spoken of via medical professionals, which at their starting are effortless to healing yet tough to- the rule of thumb NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI 10 realize, yet in process time after they have first been acknowledged and handled, develop into effortless to know and hard to treatment. therefore it occurs in concerns of country ; for figuring out afar off (which it's only given to a prudent guy to do) the yet evils which are brewing, they're simply cured. while, for wish of such wisdom, they're allowed to develop in order that each one can realize them, there is not any longer any treatment to be stumbled on. despite the fact that, the Romans, looking at those problems whereas but distant, have been regularly capable of finding a treatment, and not allowed them to continue as a way to keep away from a struggle ; for they knew that conflict used to be to not be kept away from, and will be deferred basically to the benefit of the opposite facet; they for that reason declared battle opposed to Philip and Antiochus in Greece, in order to not need to struggle them in Italy, even though they may on the time have kept away from both ; this they didn't decide to do, by no means being concerned to do this that's now each day to be heard within the mouths of our clever males, to benefit from the merits of time, yet who prefer these in their personal advantage and prudence, for time brings with all of it issues, and should produce indifferently both reliable or evil.