The Desire to Acquire Companies

Niccolo Machiavelli writes in Chapter III (“De Principati Misti”) of The Prince (Italian: De Principatibus):

The desire to acquire is a very common and natural thing; and when a man who is capable of doing it makes the attempt, he will generally be praised, or at least not blamed; error and blame arise when a man lacks the necessary ability and still wants to make the attempt at all costs.

The original, in Italian,

E’ cosa veramente molto naturale e ordinaria desiderare di acquistare; e sempre quando gli uomini lo fanno che possono, saranno laudati, o non biasimati; ma quando non possono, e vogliono farlo in ogni modo, qui e’ lo errore e il biasimo.

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