Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius eBook

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VIII.  Why certain Nations leave their ancestral seats and overflow the
Countries of others

IX.  Of the Causes which commonly give rise to wars between States

X. That contrary to the vulgar opinion, Money is not the sinews of War

XI.  That it were unwise to ally yourself with a Prince who has reputation rather than strength

XII.  Whether when Invasion is imminent it is better to anticipate or to await it

XIII.  That Men rise from humble to high fortunes rather by Fraud than by

XIV.  That Men often err in thinking they can subdue Pride by Humility

XV.  That weak States are always dubious in their resolves; and that tardy resolves are always hurtful

XVI.  That the Soldiers of our days depart widely from the methods of ancient Warfare

XVII.  What importance the Armies of the present day should allow to Artillery; and whether the commonly received opinion concerning it be just

XVIII.  That the authority of the Romans and the example of ancient warfare should make us hold Foot Soldiers of more account than Horse

XIX.  That conquests made by ill governed States and such as follow not the valiant methods of the Romans, lend rather to their ruin than to their aggrandizement

XX.  Of the dangers incurred by Princes or Republics who resort to Auxiliary or Mercenary Arms

XXI.  That Capua was the first City to which the Romans sent a Praetor; nor there, until four hundred years after they began to make war

XXII.  That in matters of moment Men often judge amiss

XXIII.  That in chastising then Subjects when circumstances required it the Romans always avoided half measures

XXIV.  That, commonly, Fortresses do much more harm than good

XXV.  That he who attacks a City divided against itself, must not think to get possession of it through its divisions

XXVI.  That Taunts and Abuse breed hatred against him who uses them, without yielding him any advantage

XXVII.  That prudent Princes and Republics should be content to have obtained a victory; for, commonly, when they are not, their victory turns to defeat

XXVIII.  That to neglect the redress of Grievances, whether public or private, is dangerous for a Prince or Commonwealth

XXIX.  That Fortune obscures the minds of Men when she would not have them hinder her designs

XXX.  That really powerful Princes and Commonwealths do not buy Friendships with money, but with their valour and the fame of then prowess

XXXI.  Of the danger of trusting banished men

XXXII.  In how many ways the Romans gained possession of Towns

XXXIII.  That the Romans entrusted the Captains of their Armies with the fullest Powers


I. For a Sect or Commonwealth to last long, it must often be brought back to its beginnings

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