The Prince ought to have no other aim or thought, nor select anything else for his study, than war and its rules and discipline; for this is the sole art that belongs to him who rules, and it is of such force that it not only upholds those who are born princes, but it often enables men to rise from a private station to that rank. And, on the contrary, it is seen that when princes have thought more of ease than of arms they have lost their states. And the first cause of your losing it is to neglect this art; and what enables you to acquire a state is to be master of the art. Francesco Sforza, though being martial, from a private person became Duke of Milan; and the sons, through avoiding the hardships and troubles of arms, from dukes became private persons. For among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised, and this is one of those ignominies against which a prince ought to guard himself, as is shown later on. —  Niccolo Machiavelli - The Prince, 1513
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not sure if I used the right picture, but whatever I still think it came out okay

eltigrechico:

not sure if I used the right picture, but whatever I still think it came out okay

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

This was a quote that Carl Bunce, Ron Paul’s campaign chairman for the state of Nevada, posted on Facebook. 

I think it’s the most fitting quote with which to say goodbye to Dr. Ron Paul and to let him know that even when he slides into near obscurity and time fades out the relevance of his name, we should be thankful that he gave new life to ideas of liberty and freedom that once seemed lost to time and he recruited new torch bearers who will march on.