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January 5, 2010

Armed Prophets

“It is necessary,
therefore, if we desire to discuss this matter thoroughly, to inquire whether these innovations can rely on themselves or have to depend on others: That is to say, whether to consummate their enterprise, have they to use prayer or can they use force. In the first instance they always succeed badly and never compass anything, but when they can rely on themselves and use force; then they are rarely endangered. Hence it is that all armed prophets have conquered and the unarmed ones have been destroyed”. -- Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince

Posted by Vanderleun at January 5, 2010 7:59 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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