Tuesday, May 03, 2011

A Fair Opportunity

Santi di Tito’s famous portrait of Niccolò MachiavelliNo enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution. Nothing is of greater importance in time of war than in knowing how to make the best use of a fair opportunity when it is offered.

-- Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Florentine political philosopher, Dell'arte della Guerra (The Art of War), Book 7 (1520), translated by Neal Wood (1965)

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