The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli–Animated Book Review

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  1. How we live is so different from how we ought to live that he who studies what ought to be down, rather than what is done will learn the way to his downfall rather than his preservation.
  2. Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin amongst the great number who are not good. Hence a prince who wants to keep his authority must learn “how not to be good”, and use that knowledge, or refrain from using it, as necessity requires.
  3. The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar.
  4. Men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore, the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.
  5. Princes must delegate difficult tasks to others and keep popular ones for themselves.