Thursday, October 26, 2006

" I conclude, then, inasmuch as fortune is changeable, that men who persist obstinately in their own ways will be successful only so long as those ways coincide with those of fortune; and whenever these differ, they fail.

But, on the whole, I judge impetuosity to be better than caution; for fortune is a woman, and if you wish to master her, you must strike and beat her, and you will see that she allows herself to be more easily vanquished by the rash and the violent than by those who proceed more slowly and coldly. And therefore, as a woman, she ever favours youth more than age, for youth is less cautious and more energetic, and commands fortune with greater audacity."

Niccolo Machiavelli
The Prince
Pp 96-97.

1 comment:

Araceli said...

This is an interesting quote, except that part where you have to strike and beat her...If you do that, you are playing with fire.