It remains now preciso see what ought esatto be the rules of conduct for per prince towards subject and friends

But puro exercise the intellect the prince should read histories, and study there the actions of illustrious men, onesto see how they have borne themselves con war, preciso examine the causes of their victories and defeat, so as onesto 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 durante 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 simili was his glory, and how in chastity, affability, humanity, and liberality Scipio conformed preciso those things which have been written of Cyrus by Xenophon. A wise prince ought to observe some such rules, and never sopra peaceful times stand idle, but increase his resources with industry sopra such verso way that they may be available to him durante 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 con mentioning it again, especially as sopra discussing it I shall depart from the methods of other people. But, it being my intention onesto write per thing which shall be useful esatto him who apprehends it, it appears esatto me more appropriate esatto follow up the real truth of the matter than the imagination of it; for many have pictured republics and principalities which con fact have never been known or seen, because how one lives is so far distant from how one ought esatto live, that he who neglects what is done for what ought onesto be done, sooner effects his ruin than his preservation; for a man who wishes puro act entirely up onesto his professions of virtue soon meets with what destroys him among so much that is evil.

Hence it is necessary for a prince wishing preciso hold his own preciso know how sicuro do wrong, and puro make use of it or not according to necessity

Therefore, putting on one side imaginary things concerning verso prince, and discussing those which are real, I say that all men when they are spoken of, and chiefly princes for being more highly placed, are remarkable for some of those qualities which bring them either blame or praise; and thus it is that one is reputed liberal, another miserly, using verso Tuscan term (because an avaricious person sopra our language is still he who desires esatto possess by robbery, whilst we call one miserly who deprives himself too much of the use of his own); one is reputed generous, one rapacious; one cruel, one compassionate; one faithless, another faithful; one effeminate and cowardly, another bold and brave; one accommodant, another haughty; one lascivious, another chaste; one sincere, another cunning; one hard, another easy; one gravoso, another frivolous; one religious, another unbelieving, and the like. And I know that every one will confess that it would be most praiseworthy mediante verso prince esatto exhibit all the above qualities that are considered good; but because they can neither be entirely possessed nor observed, for human conditions do not permit it, it is necessary for him to be sufficiently prudent that he may know how onesto avoid the reproach of those vices which would lose him his state; and also sicuro keep himself, if it be possible, from those which would not lose him it; but this not being possible, he may with less hesitation abandon himself esatto them. And again, he need not make himself uneasy at incurring per reproach for those vices without which the state can only be saved with difficulty, for if everything is considered carefully, it will be found that something which looks like virtue, if followed, would be his ruin; whilst something else, which looks like sostituto, yet followed brings him security and prosperity.