" Therefore, those of our princes who had held their possessions for many years must not accuse fortune for having lost them, but rather their own remissness; for having never in quiet times considered that things might change (as it is a common fault of men not to reckon on storms in fair weather) when adverse times came, they only thought of fleeing, instead of defending themselves, and hoped that the people, enraged by the insolence of the conquerors, would recall them."

Chapter 24 Why the Princes of Italy Have Lost Their States, line 7.