Machiavelli, such an optimist

“… This is to be asserted in general of men, that they are ungrateful, fickle, false, cowardly, covetous, and as long as you succeed they are yours entirely: they will offer you their blood, property, life and children, as is said above, when the need is far distant; but when it approaches they turn against you.”-chapter 17, The Prince

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