By Francesco Guicciardini, Mario Domandi, Nicolai Rubinstein
Softcover. college of Pennsylvania Press.
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Provided you can do so without upsetting everything, you should have altemate plans, in case the opposite of what you expect should occur. Experience shows this to be the wise course to take, for things quite often tum out very differently from what had been generally predicted. • • • 82. INNINGS, hardly worthy of notice, are often the cause of great misfortune or of great success. Thus, it is very wise to note and to weigh everything, no matter how tiny. • • • 83. 1 USED TO think that what did not occur to me at once would not occur to me later, no matter how rouch 1 thought about it.
Were it not for that, 1 should have loved Martin Luther as much as myself-not so that 1 might be free of the laws based on Christian religion as it is generally interpreted and understood; but to see this bunch of rascals get their just deserts, that is, to be either without vices or without authority. • • • 29. 1 HAVE SAID many times, and it is very true, that it was harder for the Florentines to achieve their small dominion than SERIES C 49 for the Venetians to achieve their large territorial gains.
But a careful reading of these ricordi will show that for him the opposition of reason and experience, of which later generations made so rouch, simply did not exist. When he tells us (C 12) that the similarity of proverbs in ali countries is due to the fact that people everywhere have the same, or similar, experiences, he is simply e'stablishing the homogeneity of experience, which makes it possible to deal with matters consistently, rationally, and universally. For him, experience and reason are simply the two sides of the same coin.
Maxims and Reflections by Francesco Guicciardini, Mario Domandi, Nicolai Rubinstein