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The Memoirs Of Cardinal de Retz — Volume 3 [Historic court memoirs]

by Jean Francois Paul De Gondi De Retz

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One of the greatest mischiefs which the despotic authority of ministers has occasioned in the world in these later times is a practice, occasioned by their own private mistaken interests, of always supporting superiors against their inferiors. It is a maxim borrowed from Machiavelli, whom few understand, and whom too many cry up for an able man because he was always wicked.



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