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… Men almost always follow the beaten track; and even if one cannot quite keep to the ways that others took, or always attain their ability which one is imitating, one should in all prudence take to the paths trodden by great men, who are the best to imitate, so that, even if one’s ability does not match theirs, it may give some inkling of it.

One should act as skilful archers do: when the mark which they wish to hit is apparently too far away, they know the power of their bows, and they aim higher than the destined target, not so that their arrows will reach that height, but that so, aiming high, they will hit the target.

Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
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