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8527Some words from a Florentine

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  • ivancabler
    Jun 1, 2003
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      "...he who becomes master of a city accustomed to freedom and does
      not destroy it, may expect to be destroyed by it, for in rebellion it
      has always the watchword of liberty and its ancient privileges as a
      rallying point, which neither time nor benefits will ever cause it to
      forget. And whatever you may do or provide against, they never forget
      that name or their privileges unless they are disunited or dispersed,
      but at every chance they immediately rally to them..."


      Machiavelli "The Prince" Chapter V
      http://www.ibiblio.org/gutenberg/cgi-bin/sdb/t9.cgi?entry=1232