Utopia Philosophical Viewpoints: Political Philosophy Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Book.Page) based on the 1989 Cambridge University Press edition
At the same time [counsellors] endorse and flatter the most absurd statements of the prince's special favorites, through whose influence they hope to stand well with the prince. (1.14)
This sound-bite is pretty representative of Hythloday's general attitude toward political life: courts are places for flattery, not philosophical honesty.
When I had finished this account, I added that I saw no reason why this policy could not be adopted even in England [...] but the lawyer replied that such a system could never be practiced [...] without putting the commonwealth in danger (1.25)
Idealism, meet realism. Hythloday uses this as an example of why his voice would not be welcome in a Renaissance court.