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Saint of the Day for Friday, February 13th, 2015 : St. Catherine de Ricci


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St. Catherine de Ricci

St. Catherine was born in Florence in 1522. Her baptismal name was Alexandrina, but she took the name of Catherine upon entering religion. From her earliest infancy she manifested a great love of … continue reading

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quotation: The wise man does at once what the fool does finally. Niccolo Machiavelli


The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

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Quotation: Niccolo Machiavelli “If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”


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If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: NICCOLÒ MACHIAVELLI (1469)


Niccolò Machiavelli (1469)

Machiavelli was a prominent Florentine author and statesman. He entered political service in 1498 and became acquainted with power politics through diplomatic missions, but he eventually fell out of favor and died embittered. His best-known work, The Prince, describes the means by which a leader may gain and maintain power. The adjective “Machiavellian” has since come to describe amoral cunning and justification by power. Did Machiavelli write the work as serious advice or as satire? More… Discuss

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QUOTATION: Niccolo Machiavelli


There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless.

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QUOTATION: Niccolo Machiavelli: He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss.


He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss.

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Today In History:Girolamo Savonarola Executed for Heresy (1498)


Girolamo Savonarola Executed for Heresy (1498)

Savonarola was an Italian preacher and religious reformer. After the overthrow of the Medici family, he became the ruler of Florence, setting up a democratic but severely puritanical government. He was opposed by the allies of the Medici and by Pope Alexander VI, who attempted to restrain Savonarola’s unusual interpretations of scripture and his claim of prophecy. He was tried, convicted of heresy, and hanged. His government was known for its “bonfire of the vanities,” which was what? More… Discuss