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IN WHAT WAY PRINCES SHOULD KEEP THEIR WORD Although frankness is praised over craftiness history shows that leaders who practiced deceit overcame those that lived by their pledges There can be identified two ways of fighting by law which is proper for men and by force which is proper for animals A prince must know how to fight both ways in order to be successful Furthermore a price is competing as an animal both sly and fierce He should break promises when they are against his interest as men are naturally bad and will break their promises to him He must exude charity integrity humanity uprightness and especially piety They are judged by appearance and results Once he wins he will be thought honorable and the means he used to get their will be forgotten To support his point of view Machiavelli looks through the writers of ancient Greece and to the story of how Achilles the Greek mythological hero was trained by Chiron the centaur half man and half beast This is to show that a warrior needs to be trained in the fighting ways of both men and animals So a prince must know and understand when to act like a man and like a beast as circumstances require both - just one is not enough In addition a prince must have qualities of both the fox and the lion one is useless without the other Lions cannot defend themselves against traps and foxes cannot defend themselves against wolves You have to be like a fox to see traps and like a lion to terrify the wolves If all people was always totally trustworthy you only had to be like a lion In reality you have to be like a cunning fox at times Princes that are cunning and strong as appropriate
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