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    Nor do I hold with those who regard it as a presumption if a man
    of low and humble condition dare to discuss and settle the
    concerns of princes; because, just as those who draw landscapes
    place themselves below in the plain to contemplate the nature of
    the mountains and of lofty places, and in order to contemplate the
    plains place themselves upon high mountains, even so to understand
    the nature of the people it needs to be a prince, and to
    understand that of princes it needs to be of the people.

    Take then, your Magnificence, this little gift in the spirit in
    which I send it; wherein, if it be diligently read and considered
    by you, you will learn my extreme desire that you should attain
    that greatness which fortune and your other attributes promise.
    And if your Magnificence from the summit of your greatness will
    sometimes turn your eyes to these lower regions, you will see how
    unmeritedly I suffer a great and continued malignity of fortune.


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