Disaffected Prep

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

 

Quote of the Day: Machiavelli

When evening comes, I return home [from work and from the local tavern] and go to my study. On the threshold, I strip naked, taking off my muddy, sweaty work day clothes, and put on the robes of court and palace, and, in this graver dress, I enter the courts of the ancients, and am welcomed by them, and there I taste the food that alone is mine, and for which I was born. And there I make bold to speak to them and ask the motives of their actions, and they, in their humanity, reply to me. And for the space of four hours I forget the world, remember no vexation, fear poverty no more, tremble no more at death; I pass indeed into their world.

-Niccolo Machiavelli, letter to Francesco Vettori

I'm currently reading Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind. In it, Professor Bloom references Machiavelli's quote, though in a far more watered-down form. I tracked down the original, which is above.

While I have a post planned regarding The Closing of the American Mind (in relation to Shopclass as Soulcraft, which I just read as well), the above quote is strong enough to stand alone. No commentary needed. Just enjoy.

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