A priest visited [Italian philosopher] Niccolo Machiavelli on his deathbed. The priest urged Machiavelli to repent of his sins and renounce Satan. Machiavelli, eyes closed, said nothing. Again the priest implored, "Repent of your sins and renounce Satan." Still Machiavelli was silent. So the priest raised his voice and demanded "WILL YOU REPENT OF YOUR SINS AND RENOUNCE SATAN?" And finally Machiavelli opened one eye and whispered, "Father, at a time like this, one tries not to make new enemies."
Dinesh D'Souza, "Life after Death: the Evidence."
Regnery Publishing, Washington, 2009
Blessed Be everyone,