1. 10

    Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.

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  2. 9

    The government will take the fairest of names, but the worst of realities--mob rule.

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  3. 8

    Nor ought we ever to allow any growing power to acquire such a degree of strength as to be able to tear from us, without resistance, our natural, undisputed rights.

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  4. 7

    From this I conclude that the best education for the situations of actual life consists of the experience we acquire from the study of serious history. For it is history alone which without causing us harm enables us to judge what is the best course in any situation or circumstance.

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  5. 6

    All things are subject to decay and change.

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  6. 5

    Since the masses of the people are inconstant, full of unruly desires, passionate, and reckless of consequences, they must be filled with fears to keep them in order. The ancients did well, therefore, to invent gods, and the belief in punishment after death.

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  7. 4

    A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.

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  8. 3

    Monarchy degenerates into tyranny, aristocracy into oligarchy, and democracy into savage violence and chaos.

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  9. 2

    If history is deprived of the Truth, we are left with nothing but an idle, unprofitable tale.

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  10. 1

    How highly should we honor the Macedonians, who for the greater part of their lives never cease from fighting with the barbarians for the sake of the security of Greece? For who is not aware that Greece would have constantly stood in the greater danger, had we not been fenced by the Macedonians and the honorable ambition of their kings?

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