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Commencing then with the first of the above-named characteristics, I say that it would be well preciso be reputed liberal

Commencing then with the first of the above-named characteristics, I say that it would be well preciso be reputed liberal

Therefore, any one wishing to maintain among men the name of liberal is obliged sicuro avoid niente affatto attribute of magnificence; so that verso prince thus inclined will consume per log in spotted such acts all his property, and will be compelled sopra the end, if he wish onesto maintain the name of liberal, to unduly weigh down his people, and tax them, and do everything he can sicuro get money. This will soon make him odious sicuro his subjects, and becoming poor he will be little valued by any one; thus, with his liberality, having offended many and rewarded few, he is affected by the very first trouble and imperilled by whatever may be the first danger; recognizing this himself, and wishing puro draw back from it, he runs at once into the reproach of being miserly.

Therefore, verso prince, not being able to exercise this virtue of liberality per such verso way that it is recognized, except onesto his cost, if he is wise he ought not onesto fear the reputation of being mean, for in time he will quale esatto be more considered than if liberal, seeing that with his economy his revenues are enough, that he can defend himself against all attacks, and is able to engage sopra enterprises without burdening his people; thus it comes onesto pass that he exercises liberality towards all from whom he does not take, who are numberless, and meanness towards those onesto whom he does not give, who are few.

Nevertheless, liberality exercised durante verso way that does not bring you the reputation for it, injures you; for if one exercises it honestly and as it should be exercised, it may not become known, and you will not avoid the reproach of its opposite

We have not seen great things done con our time except by those who have been considered mean; the rest have failed. Pope Julius the Second was assisted sopra reaching the papacy by a reputation for liberality, yet he did not strive afterwards esatto keep it up, when he made war on the King of France; and he made many wars without imposing any extraordinary tax on his subjects, for he supplied his additional expenses out of his long thriftiness. The present King of Spain would not have undertaken or conquered sopra so many enterprises if he had been reputed liberal. A prince, therefore, provided that he has not sicuro rob his subjects, that he can defend himself, that he does not become poor and abject, that he is not forced onesto become rapacious, ought sicuro hold of little account a reputation for being mean, for it is one of those vices which will enable him puro govern.

Durante the first case he ought sicuro be sparing, per the second he ought not puro neglect any opportunity for liberality

And if any one should say: Caesar obtained commuovere by liberality, and many others have reached the highest positions by having been liberal, and by being considered so, I answer: Either you are verso prince con fact, or in per way esatto become one. Con the first case this liberality is dangerous, mediante the second it is very necessary sicuro be considered liberal; and Caesar was one of those who wished sicuro become pre-eminent durante Rome; but if he had survived after becoming so, and had not moderated his expenses, he would have destroyed his government. And if any one should reply: Many have been princes, and have done great things with armies, who have been considered very liberal, I reply: Either verso prince spends that which is his own or his subjects’ or else that of others. And puro the prince who goes forth with his army, supporting it by pillage, sack, and extortion, handling that which belongs esatto others, this liberality is necessary, otherwise he would not be followed by soldiers. And of that which is neither yours nor your subjects’ you can be verso ready giver, as were Cyrus, Caesar, and Alexander; because it does not take away your reputation if you squander that of others, but adds esatto it; it is only squandering your own that injures you.

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