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Nobody's Perfect

Today is the birthday of Niccolò Machiavelli. He was born on this day in 1469. Even though the adjective ‘Machiavellian’ has become a pejorative term to describe someone who aims to deceive and manipulate others for personal advantage. 802 more words

Brilliant Europeans

Machiavelli's Virtue

Harvey Mansfield
Title: Machiavelli’s Virtue
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Year of publication: 1996
Place of publication: Chicago
Ownership: Borrowed from the Social Science library at Oxford University. 24 more words


Have you thought about (HYTA) how we are not really the nice people we think are?

To immerse myself further into my Japanese studies, I got around to watching Liar Game. Its premise, though not exactly original, is simple – an elaborately designed arena where contestants compete among themselves for a payout at the end. 612 more words


Happy Happy Birthday, Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli was born today in Florence in 1469. It is the misfortune of some people to become a misleading adjective, and this was never more true than of poor Machiavelli. 526 more words

When evening comes, I return home and go into my study. On the threshold I strip of my muddy, sweaty, workday clothes, and put on the robes of court and palace, and in this graver dress I enter the antique courts of the ancients and am welcomed by them, and there I taste the food that is alone mine, and for which I was born.

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The Malignant Mockers of May

Two influential people were born this week in history. (Actually, a lot of influential people were born this week in history, but I’d like to focus your attention on these two men for the moment.) 589 more words

It is better to be feared than loved

A question arises: is it better to be loved than feared, or to be feared than loved? The answer is that a prince would like to be both. 225 more words