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[70] Such men have had the same aims as kingsā€”to suffer no want, to be subject to no authority, to enjoy their liberty, that is, in its essence, to live just as they please.

21. So, while this desire is common to men of political ambitions and men of retirement, of whom I have just spoken, the one class think they can [p. 73] attain their end if they secure large means; the1 other, if they are content with the little they have And, in this matter, neither way of thinking is altogether to be condemned; but the life of retirement is easier and safer and at the same time less burdensome or troublesome to others, while the career of those who apply themselves to statecraft and to conducting great enterprises is more profitable to mankind and contributes more to their own greatness and renown.

1 The life of public service vs. the life of retirement.

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