Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy, Page 510
Explaining Machiavelli’s political view:
“But there is also, in politics, the question of means. It is futile to pursue a political purpose by methods that are bound to fail; if the end is held good, we must choose means adequate to its acheivement.
“The question of means can be treated in a purely scientific manner, without regard to the goodness or badness of the ends. ‘Success’ means the achievement of your purpose, whatever it may be.
“If there is a science of success it can be studied just as well in the successes of the wicked as in those of the good — indeed better, since the examples of successful sinners are more numerous than those of successful saints.
“But the science, once established, will be just as useful to the saint as to the sinner. For the saint, if he concerns himself with politics, must wish, just as the sinner does, to achieve success.”
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