“…Princes who have accomplished great deeds are those who have cared little for keeping their promises and who have known how to manipulate the minds of men by shrewdness; and in the end have surpassed those who laid their foundations upon honesty.” I believe that Machiavelli is portraying human nature in a somewhat accurate way, although he does say a few things that I am not entirely sure are
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down and try to run away. Throughout The Prince Machiavelli is basically telling the prince to do whatever is necessary to maintain his kingdom and stay in power. Ironically, man is doing whatever it takes to get what he needs done from the prince, ”…while you work for their good…they are completely yours, offering you their blood…their lives, and their sons,” and then breaking his promise to you when danger comes his way.