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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1457
AUTHOR: John Wesley (1703–91)
QUOTATION: My cool judgement is, that if all the other doctrines of devils which have been committed to writing since letters were in the world were collected together in one volume, it would fall short of this; and that, should a Prince form himself by this book, so calmly recommending hypocrisy, treachery, lying, robbery, oppression, adultery, whoredom, and murder of all kinds, Domitian or Nero would be an angel of light compared to that man.
ATTRIBUTION: JOHN WESLEY, comment after reading The Works of Nicholas Machiavel, journal entry for January 26, 1737.—The Journal of the Rev. John Wesley, A.M., ed. Nehemiah Curnock, vol. 1, p. 313 (1909).