Niccolo Machiavelli – A return to first principles…

A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues…


“A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.”
-Niccolo Machiavelli

Laura Riding – I feel an intense intimacy…

I feel an intense intimacy with those who have this loathing interest in me. Further…


“I feel an intense intimacy with those who have this loathing interest in me. Further than this, I know what they mean, I sympathize with them, I understand them. There should be a name (as poetic as love) for this relationship between loather and loathed it is of the closest and more full of passion than incest.”
-Laura Riding