Maxims and Reflections of a Renaissance Statesman: Francesco Guicciardini: of maxims and observations, the Ricordi. His political thought is frequently akin. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. Francesco Guicciardini. ciardini uses mind to restrict the force and the effectiveness of Fortune’s blows. “Remember this,” he warns, “whoever lives a life of.

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The maxims provide a window on an age and a record of renaissance political thought during the greatness of the Italian Renaissance. The Laws of Human Nature. FG’s maxim, however, must be reviewed now that fundamentalists of many kinds, in many countries, attempt to or do control education, science, rule of law, and basic human rights using partial or total theocracy. It’s a brilliant picture of an observant mind. Ricordi by Francesco Guicciardini.

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Guicciardini served under three popes and while i Francesco Guicciardini was a famous Italian Statesman, living in the late 15th century and early 16th century. Nicole Holding rated it liked it Jun 20, Jul 01, Mark Singer rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is a magnum opus. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But when I remember that it requires getting involved with other men- and most of the time with mad and wicked men who know neither how to be silent nor how to act- there is nothing I abhor more than to think about such things.

University of Pennsylvania Press. The Art of Worldly Wisdom: Guicciardini is considered as the Father of Modern History, due to his use of government documents to verify his “History of Italy.

It was written to help his contemporaries survive their version of the rat-race and even come out on top, and since human nature hasn’t changed it still has the power to do the same thing for us. Oct 28, Mandy rated it it was ok. Francesco Guicciardini was a 16th century Florentine diplomat and historian who collected his observations on politics for posterity. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. That said, I find Guicciardini to be perhaps the most wise of all the Aphorists in matters of business.

Hi Sixteenth century Italy is remembered as the time of Machiavelli, but it also produced another noteworthy author of maxims and other works in Francesco Guicciardini March 6, – May 22, In spite of increasing skepticism, Guicciardini argues in these maxims for the superiority of reason over ignorance.


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I ran across his writing in some modern collection of Aphorisms, as most others probably did. From Taliban bombings of girls’ schools to the religious anti-science in the US, these guicfiardini must be resisted, even if or because they are “strongly rooted in the minds of fools. Kevin gyicciardini it liked it Mar 06, His Maxims and Reflections were recorded over the better part of two decades and reflect his thoughts on various questions based on his personal experience.

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John rated it liked it Jan 09, Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Guicciardini served under three popes and while in his musings he was highly critical of popes and ‘princes’ he continue on the employ of both well past the sack of Rome, having spent some time in jail as a rebel and afterwards having the task of visiting justice on his jailers who were resisting the Medici family rule.

It belongs to a class of books which teach what I call the art of ‘Crooked Wisdom,’ but which could be more simply thought of as the art of survival refoections a far from perfect world. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Marianna rated it it was ok Sep 26, Other Aphorists offer profound commentary into the human condition, or good advice for living within bureaucracies, or truths which

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