Statue of Guicciardini in the Uffizi, Florence
Francesco Guicciardini (March 6, 1483 - May 22, 1540) was an Italian historian and statesman. A friend and critic of Niccol Machiavelli, he is considered one of the major political writers of the Italian Renaissance.
Affairs that depend on many rarely succeed.
One who imitates what is bad always goes beyond his model; while one who imitates what is good always comes up short of it.
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