The first impression that one gets of a ruler and of his brains is from seeing the men that he has about him.[E la prima coniettura che si fa di un signore, e del cervel suo, è vedere gli uomini che lui ha d’intorno.]
The faults of the people spring from the faults of their rulers.[Che gli peccati de’ popoli nascono dai principi.]
God is alive. Magic is afoot. God is alive. Magic is afoot. God is afoot. Magic is alive. Alive is afoot. Magic never died. God never sickened. Many poor men lied. Many sick men lied. Magic never weakened. Magic never hid. Magic always ruled. God is afoot. God was ruler though his funeral lengthened. Though his mourners thickened Magic never fled…
A wise ruler takes advice, but should never be seen to take it. Let them think you know more than you do. It will not harm them, and it will help you.