Updated: Jul 11
Have you ever read a page of a book, only to realize you didn't read it at all, and then you have to re-read it, but then you find that you didn't understand or internalize any of it?
In the middle of reading, I knew that this is the kind of book you have to read again and again, not just once. This is exactly what made reading this tiny book by Niccolo Machiavelli such a huge chore.
I agreed "The Prince" is one of the most dangerous books but we all still must read it, and not avoiding it.
Niccolo Machiavelli knew deep down of human mind, their behaviors, man's nature and how they response. He cited the history lessons and he shows the remedy. Probably he wrote the book with good intention to let the future Prince and all people know about the Power.
“The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.” /Niccolò Machiavelli
“It is much safer to be feared than loved because ...love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.” /Niccolo Machiavelli
“There is nothing more important than appearing to be religious.” /Niccolò Machiavelli