"You concern yourself with infinite, I with finite affairs. You raise your ladder to the heavens, while I rest mine upon earth lest I should mount so high that I may fall. Now it seems to me only just and honest that I should prefer the good name and honor of my house to you: that I should work for my own interest rather than for yours. You and I will act like two big dogs who, when they meet, smell one another and then, because they both have teeth, go their ways." ~ Cosimo de’ Medici to an angry rival.
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