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In The Prince Machiavelli discusses the importance of portraying virtues but not necessarily practicing them The English dictionary defines virtue as an act of moral goodness On the contrary the text defines it as a kind of personal strength and spirit that gives a Prince the power and faith to carry out his mission The capturing and retaining of a principality are the main focus of the author He warns of certain virtues that are often praised but ultimately lead to the destruction of a Prince Machiavelli believes that a virtue is the ability to gain an advantage through certain situations by the use of personal powers In his remarks on the Princes who gained their states by virtue he states one does not see that they had anything else from fortune then the opportunitypg48 Their virtue of spirit allowing them to capitalize For example Moses found the people of Israel enslaved and oppressed by the Egyptians and gave them a reason to follow him out of their life of servitude If a leader becomes a prince through the path of virtue it only means that he has used his own personal excellence and strength to take advantage of the opportunity that appeared to him Such virtuous Princes acquire their principality with difficulty but hold onto it easily They hold it easily because they have the natural qualities of leadership and strength needed to hold onto a state Machiavelli discusses many types of other Princes He shows his disregard toward virtues with the approval of the tactics used by Cesar Borgia to acquire and govern land Machiavelli stresses the importance of taking the necessary measures to ensure the security and success of a state These measures would include minimal amounts of force to obtain control Machiavelli warns that a Prince who is too liberal with his subjects may run serious risks He suggests that it is better to be held liberalpg64
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