Niccolò Machiavelli On The Company We Keep

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Nearly 500-years-ago, Niccolò Machiavelli understood the that the company we keep says a lot about us.

“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince [1532]

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