Niccolo Machiavelli

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Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli

One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It should be noted that when he seizes a state the new ruler ought to determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He should inflict them once and for all, and not have to renew them every day.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see, but only a few can test by feeling. Everyone sees what you seem to be, few know what you really are, and those few do not dare take a stand against the general opinion.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Many have dreamed up republics and principalities that have never in truth been known to exist; the gulf between how one should live and how one does live is so wide that a man who neglects what is actually done for what should be done learns the way to self-destruction rather than self-preservation.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed in their affairs by imitation, even though they cannot entirely keep to the tracks of others or emulate the prowess of their models. So a prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding. If his own prowess fails to compare with theirs, at least it has an air of greatness about it. He should behave like those archers who, if they are skilful, when the target seems too distant, know the capabilities of their bow and aim a good deal higher than their objective, not in order to shoot so high but so that by aiming high they can reach the target.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
States that rise quickly, just as all the other things of nature that are born and grow rapidly, cannot have roots and ramifications; the first bad weather kills them.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I consider it a mark of great prudence in a man to abstain from threats or any contemptuous expressions, for neither of these weaken the enemy, but threats make him more cautious, and the other excites his hatred, and a desire to revenge himself.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.More Niccolo Machiavelli [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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