Tag: maxims

Friday maxim

This was the fortune cookie message from lunch yesterday: “For a good cause, wrongdoing may be virtuous.”I told my assistant that it sounded like a license to steal…but many other dark ideas came to mind.In any...

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Wednesday’s Maxim

Always deny what you don’t want to be known, and always affirm what you want to be believed. For, though there be much – even conclusive – evidence to the contrary, a fervent affirmation or denial will often...

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Wednesday’s Maxim

Guicciardini on the perils of bandwagoning (allying with the strong against the weak), and generally of being a minor power:I was in Spain when the news came that the Venetians had made an alliance with the king of France...

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Wednesday’s Maxim

Nicollò Machiavelli is a household name among educated adult; most people who have taken an international-relations or political-theory course have read, at least in part, sections of The Prince or of the Discourse on Livy.His...

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