One who imitates what is bad always goes beyond his model; while one who imitates what is good always comes up short of it.
Other quotes by Francesco Guicciardini
Like other men, I have sought honours and preferment, and often have obtained them beyond my wishes or hopes. Yet never have I found in them that content which I had figured beforehand in my mind. A strong reason, if we well consider it, why we should disencumber ourselves of vain desires.