What is a free life? Between Form and Event: Machiavelli’s Theory of Political Freedom By Miguel E. Vatter .

Niccolo Machiavelli

Many have imagined republics and principalities that no has ever seen or known in reality; for there is such a difference between how one lives and how one ought to live that he who neglects what is done for the sake of what ought to be done learns his own ruin rather than preservation; because a man who wants to profess his goodness in everything is bound to come to ruin among so many who are not good.

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