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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2002 3:09 am 
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Can someone tell me who said that?

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"divide and conquer" who said this?


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There are two Latin phrases, divide et impera and divide et regna. One means "divide and conquer/rule", the second, "divide and rule." Machiavelli cited these as "ancient political maxims."

Divide et impera was the motto of Philip of Macedon and Louis XI of France in dealing with his nobles. Polybius, Bossuet and Montesquieu used it, but it is mainly ascribed to Machiavelli.

Separa et impera was used by Sir Francis Bacon in a letter to James I in 1615.

Jonathan Swift had this quote: As Machiavel taught 'em, divide and ye govern (1732).


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