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I consider it a mark of great prudence in a man to abstain from threats or any contemptuous expressions, for neither of these weaken the enemy, but threats make him more cautious, and the other excites his hatred, and a desire to revenge himself.
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Niccolò Machiavelli

a statesman of Florence who advocated a strong central government (1469-1527)

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