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One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived. Options
Daemon
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One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)
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One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)
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Absolutely, we make our own enemies; we allow them to deceive us, to abuse us, to manipulate as they wish and then we start complaining.
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Greed is perhaps the greatest folly of man. As long as man continues to be consumed by greed, deceit and grief will forever plague mankind.
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It sounds like the vow of a dictator.
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One who deceives is on friendly terms with the second one who bribes.

So pa la enferma
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Un príncipe ideal es un tirano suprrmamente adaptable, amoral y calculador.
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Daemon wrote:
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)


Yeah. Some are created for each other. They take no rest until they’ll find each other... Sorry, I’m so romantic today.
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Context from THE PRINCE
by Nicolo Machiavelli
Translated by W. K. Marriott


CHAPTER XVIII(*) — CONCERNING THE WAY IN WHICH PRINCES SHOULD KEEP FAITH

(*) "The present chapter has given greater offence than any
other portion of Machiavelli's writings." Burd, "Il
Principe,"


Every one admits how praiseworthy it is in a prince to keep faith, and to live with integrity and not with craft. Nevertheless our experience has been that those princes who have done great things have held good faith of little account, and have known how to circumvent the intellect of men by craft, and in the end have overcome those who have relied on their word. You must know there are two ways of contesting,(*) the one by the law, the other by force; the first method is proper to men, the second to beasts; but because the first is frequently not sufficient, it is necessary to have recourse to the second. Therefore it is necessary for a prince to understand how to avail himself of the beast and the man. This has been figuratively taught to princes by ancient writers, who describe how Achilles and many other princes of old were given to the Centaur Chiron to nurse, who brought them up in his discipline; which means solely that, as they had for a teacher one who was half beast and half man, so it is necessary for a prince to know how to make use of both natures, and that one without the other is not durable. A prince, therefore, being compelled knowingly to adopt the beast, ought to choose the fox and the lion; because the lion cannot defend himself against snares and the fox cannot defend himself against wolves. Therefore, it is necessary to be a fox to discover the snares and a lion to terrify the wolves. Those who rely simply on the lion do not understand what they are about. Therefore a wise lord cannot, nor ought he to, keep faith when such observance may be turned against him, and when the reasons that caused him to pledge it exist no longer. If men were entirely good this precept would not hold, but because they are bad, and will not keep faith with you, you too are not bound to observe it with them. Nor will there ever be wanting to a prince legitimate reasons to excuse this non-observance. Of this endless modern examples could be given, showing how many treaties and engagements have been made void and of no effect through the faithlessness of princes; and he who has known best how to employ the fox has succeeded best.

(*) "Contesting," i.e. "striving for mastery." Mr Burd
points out that this passage is imitated directly from
Cicero's "De Officiis": "Nam cum sint duo genera decertandi,
unum per disceptationem, alterum per vim; cumque illud
proprium sit hominis, hoc beluarum; confugiendum est ad
posterius, si uti non licet superiore."


But it is necessary to know well how to disguise this characteristic, and to be a great pretender and dissembler; and men are so simple, and so subject to present necessities, that he who seeks to deceive will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived. One recent example I cannot pass over in silence. Alexander the Sixth did nothing else but deceive men, nor ever thought of doing otherwise, and he always found victims; for there never was a man who had greater power in asserting, or who with greater oaths would affirm a thing, yet would observe it less; nevertheless his deceits always succeeded according to his wishes,(*) because he well understood this side of mankind.

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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 2:39:12 PM
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Daemon wrote:
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)


A sucker is born every minute, how could a deceiver not find one?
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_As if it were so difficult a task. Sometimes it just looks like the world is teeming with them.
They simply abound out there, willing to be deceived.-
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