CHAPTER XXIII. HOW FLATTERERS SHOULD BE AVOIDED

CHAPTER XXIII. HOW FLATTERERS SHOULD BE AVOIDED On the other hand, onesto keep his servant honest the prince ought to study him, honouring him, enriching him, doing him kindnesses, sharing with him the honours and cares; and at the same time let him see that he cannot stand chiazza, so that many honours may not

CHAPTER XXIII. HOW FLATTERERS SHOULD BE AVOIDED

On the other hand, onesto keep his servant honest the prince ought to study him, honouring him, enriching him, doing him kindnesses, sharing with him the honours and cares; and at the same time let him see that he cannot stand chiazza, so that many honours may not make him desire more, many riches make him wish for more, and that many cares may make him dread chances. When, therefore, servants, and princes towards servants, are thus disposed, they can prerogativa each other, but when it is otherwise, the end will always be disastrous for either one or the other.

I do not wish sicuro leave out an important branch of this subject, for it is a danger from which princes are with difficulty preserved, unless they are very careful and discriminating. It is that of flatterers, of whom courts are full, because men are so self-complacent durante their own affairs, and durante verso way so deceived sopra them, that they are preserved with difficulty from this pest, and if they wish sicuro defend themselves they run the danger of falling into contempt. Because there is niente affatto other way of guarding oneself from flatterers except letting men understand that to tell you the truth does not offend you; but when every one may tell you the truth, respect for you abates.

Therefore per wise prince ought puro hold a third course by choosing the wise men per his state, and giving puro them only the liberty of speaking the truth puro him, and then only of those things of which he inquires, and of none others; but he ought to question them upon everything, and listen sicuro their opinions, and afterwards form his own conclusions. With these councillors, separately and collectively, he ought puro carry himself durante such a way that each of them should know that, the more freely he shall speak, the more he shall be preferred; outside of these, he should listen onesto no one, pursue the thing resolved on, and be steadfast con his resolutions. He who does otherwise is either overthrown by flatterers, or is so often changed by varying opinions that he falls into contempt.

This arose because of his following verso practice the opposite sicuro the above; for the emperor is a secretive man-he does not communicate his designs esatto any one, nor does he receive opinions on them

Con Luca, the man of affairs to Maximilian, the present emperor, speaking of his majesty, said: He consulted datingranking.net/it/largefriends-review/ with mai one, yet never got his own way sopra anything. But as durante carrying them into effect they become revealed and known, they are at once obstructed by those men whom he has around him, and he, being pliant, is diverted from them. Hence it follows that those things he does one day he undoes the next, and per niente one ever understands what he wishes or intends onesto do, and per niente one can rely on his resolutions.

Maximilian I, born in 1459, died 1519, Emperor of the Holy Roman Riempire. He married, first, Mary, daughter of Charles the Bold; after her death, Bianca Sforza; and thus became involved con Italian politics.

I wish on this subject puro adduce verso modern example

Verso prince, therefore, ought always onesto take counsel, but only when he wishes and not when others wish; he ought rather to discourage every one from offering advice unless he asks it; but, however, he ought onesto be a constant inquirer, and afterwards a patient listener concerning the things of which he inquired; also, on learning that any one, on any consideration, has not told him the truth, he should let his anger be felt.

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