Florentine Histories III.13 (Machiavelli)

“Do not be dismayed by the antiquity of the blood they berate us for; because everyone, having the same beginning, is equally ancient, and nature has made us in a single fashion. Strip us bare: you will see our similarity; dress us in their clothes and them in ours: no doubt, we will appear noble and them ignoble; because poverty and wealth are the only things that makes us unequal.”