Niccolò Machiavelli Quote

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

Variant translation: And the first opinion which one forms of a prince, and of his understanding, is by observing the men he has around him

The Prince (1513), Chapter XXII

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The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

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The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

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The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

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The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.