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Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.”

Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.

— Niccolò Machiavelli



Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.”

The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.”

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

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not to suffer.”

Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not to suffer.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Before all else, be armed.”

Before all else, be armed.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Make no small plans for they have no power to stir the soul.”

Make no small plans for they have no power to stir the soul.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.”

Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.”

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Politics have no relation to morals.”

Politics have no relation to morals.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.”

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

— Niccolò Machiavelli



Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.”

It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.”

Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”

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

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “It is much safer for the prince to be feared than loved, but he ought to avoid making himself hated.”

It is much safer for the prince to be feared than loved, but he ought to avoid making himself hated.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.”

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

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.”

Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a people that wants to remain servile as it is to enslave a people that wants to remain free.”

It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a people that wants to remain servile as it is to enslave a people that wants to remain free.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Impetuosity and audacity often achieve what ordinary means fail to achieve.”

Impetuosity and audacity often achieve what ordinary means fail to achieve.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Never was anything great achieved without danger.”

Never was anything great achieved without danger.

— Niccolò Machiavelli



Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good.”

Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.”

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

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Wisdom consists of knowing how to distinguish the nature of trouble, and in choosing the lesser evil.”

Wisdom consists of knowing how to distinguish the nature of trouble, and in choosing the lesser evil.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries – for heavy ones they cannot.”

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

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”

I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “There is nothing as likely to succeed as what the enemy believes you cannot attempt.”

There is nothing as likely to succeed as what the enemy believes you cannot attempt.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.”

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

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “How we live is so different from how we ought to live that he who studies what ought to be done rather than what is done will learn the way to his downfall rather than to his preservation.”

How we live is so different from how we ought to live that he who studies what ought to be done rather than what is done will learn the way to his downfall rather than to his preservation.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one’s own ignorance.”

A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one’s own ignorance.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.”

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

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Always assume incompetence before looking for conspiracy.”

Always assume incompetence before looking for conspiracy.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.”

Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Power is the pivot on which everything hinges. He who has the power is always right; the weaker is always wrong.”

Power is the pivot on which everything hinges. He who has the power is always right; the weaker is always wrong.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.”

It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “One must be a fox to recognize traps and a lion to frighten wolves.”

One must be a fox to recognize traps and a lion to frighten wolves.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “So far as he is able, a prince should stick to the path of good but, if the necessity arises, he should know how to follow evil.”

So far as he is able, a prince should stick to the path of good but, if the necessity arises, he should know how to follow evil.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “There is nothing more important than appearing to be religious.”

There is nothing more important than appearing to be religious.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Never do your enemy a minor injury.”

Never do your enemy a minor injury.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “He who builds on the people, builds on the mud.”

He who builds on the people, builds on the mud.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men are always wicked at bottom unless they are made good by some compulsion.”

Men are always wicked at bottom unless they are made good by some compulsion.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.”

Men are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans.”

War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance.”

People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “One should never risk one’s whole fortune unless supported by one’s entire forces.”

One should never risk one’s whole fortune unless supported by one’s entire forces.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “There are three kinds of brains. The one understands things unassisted, the other understands things when shown by others, the third understands neither alone nor with the explanations of others.”

There are three kinds of brains. The one understands things unassisted, the other understands things when shown by others, the third understands neither alone nor with the explanations of others.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.”

There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.”

A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “A wise ruler should rely on what is under his own control, not on what is under the control of others.”

A wise ruler should rely on what is under his own control, not on what is under the control of others.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”

The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

— Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “One must consider the final result.”

One must consider the final result.

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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