How Flatterers Must Be Shunned

“The Prince,” Chapter 32, by Nicolo Machiavelli – 1532

Every ruler has much to fear
From those who’d whisper in his ear
Those words they THINK he wants to hear.

Demand the truth – let this be known
To those who would approach the throne
To seek an audience alone.

Listen fully – believe but half
To separate the wheat from chaff
Then YOU decide – without your staff.

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