V.

MACHIAVELISM.

Mendacity and Faithlessness.
(BEFORE THE WAR.)
362. A stock of inherited conceptions of integrity and morality is a necessity for government.-- H. v. TREITSCHKE , P., Vol. i., p. 317.
363. When one really meditates a war, one must say no word about it; one must envelop one's designs in a profound mystery; then, suddenly and without warning, one leaps like a thief in the night--as the Japanese destroyers leapt upon the unsuspecting Port Arthur, as Frederick II. threw himself upon Silesia.*-- A. WIRTH , U.A.P., p. 36.
364. The brilliant Florentine was the first to infuse into politics the great idea that the State is Power. The consequences of this thought are far-reaching. It is the truth, and those who dare not face it had better leave politics alone.-- H. v. TREITSCHKE, P., Vol. i., p. 85.
365. As real might can alone guarantee the endurance of peace and security, and as war is the best test of real might, war contains the promise of future peace.
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Frederick the Great's principle was: "When kings want war they begin it, and leave learned professors to come after and prove that it was just."

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