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It's really wonderful to keep your promises. It just doesn't get you very far in real life.
‘The rulers who have done great things are the ones who have set little store by keeping their word.’ This, from Machiavelli in Chapter 18 of The Prince, is meant as a compliment to them.
Truly, to tell lies isnot honourable; butwhen the truth entailstremendous ruin, tospeak dishonourablyis pardonable.
‘A prudent man cannot keep his word, nor should he, when such fidelity would damage him.’ Again, we're forced to confront the huge gulf between the world as we would like it to be, and the world that we know actually exists out there. We're all taught at school to always tell the truth, to be a man (or ...