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This quote has been modified but, in doing
so, the underlying intent may have been
Formerly, "Every ruler is harsh whose laws
are new" states the political maxim later
documented in Machiavelli's "The Prince"
wherein the invading conqueror of any
Principality would be wise not to change any
laws or taxes, to minimise disaffection by
This revised translation/quotation simply
implies that ALL new rulers are harsh.