September 22, 2003

Counsel 101

Tonight I offered this advice to a dear friend; all who read this, ignore it at your peril:

And the first opinion which one forms of a prince, and of his understanding, is by observing the men he has around him; and when they are capable and faithful he may always be considered wise, because he has known how to recognize the capable and to keep them faithful. But when they are otherwise one cannot form a good opinion of him, for the prime error which he made was in choosing them.

Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince, Ch. 22

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