Divide and Govern

Divide a nation into parties, or set your enemies at loggerheads, and you can have your own way. A maxim of Machiavelli, a noted political writer of Florence (1469-1527).

“Every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” —Matthew xii. 25.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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