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All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.

Niccolò Machiavelli

 

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The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

Plato, Πλάτων

Fortis cadere, cedere non potest. (A brave man may fall, but he cannot yield.)

Latin Proverb

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. (It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one’s country.)

Horace