Niccolò Machiavelli about cowardice (“The Prince”, 1532) - But when you disarm them, you at once offend them by showing that you distrust them, either for cowardice or for want of loyalty, and either of these opinions breeds hatred against you.
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But when you disarm them, you at once offend them by showing that you distrust them, either for cowardice or for want of loyalty, and either of these opinions breeds hatred against you.
 Niccolò MachiavelliThe Prince (1532). copy citation

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Translated by W. K. Marriott
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