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Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes

A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.

 

He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.

 

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.

 

It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.

 

Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked. 

 

Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.

 

Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries – for heavy ones they cannot.

 

Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.

 

Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds. 

 

Never was anything great achieved without danger.

 

No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.

 

One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others. 

 

Politics have no relation to morals.

 

Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.

 

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

 

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.

 

There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.

 

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.

 

War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.

 

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.

 

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.

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