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Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “He who has not first laid his foundations may be able with great ability to lay them afterwards, but they will be laid with trouble to the architect and danger to the building.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “It is necessary that the prince should know how to color his nature well, and how to be a hypocrite and dissembler. For men are so simple, and yield so much to immediate necessity, that the deceiver will never lack dupes.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men are so stupid and concerned with their present needs, they will always let themselves be deceived.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “For this is the tragedy of man circumstances change, but he does not.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Princes should delegate to others the enactment of unpopular measures and keep in their own hands the means of winning favours.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “You have to be a prince to understand the people, and you have to belong to the people to understand the princes...”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “And here comes in the question whether it is better to be loved rather than feared, or feared rather than loved. It might perhaps be answered that we should wish to be both; but 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 Quote: “You must never believe that the enemy does not know how to conduct his own affairs. Indeed, if you want to be deceived less and want to bear less danger, the more the enemy is weak or the less the enemy is cautious, so much more must you esteem him.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent, so that if he does not attain to their greatness, at any rate he will get some tinge of it.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men never do good unless necessity drives them to it; but when they are free to choose and can do just as they please, confusion and disorder become rampant.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Whoever is the cause of another becoming powerful, is ruined himself.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Occasionally words must serve to veil the facts. But let this happen in such a way that no one become aware of it; or, if it should be noticed, excuses must be at hand to be produced immediately.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “So long as the great majority of men are not deprived of either property or honor, they are satisfied.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “But in Republics there is a stronger vitality, a fiercer hatred, a keener thirst for revenge. The memory of their former freedom will not let them rest; so that the safest course is either to destroy them, or to go and live in them.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Ognuno vede quello che tu pari, pochi sentono quello che tu se.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “It is better to be bold than too circumspect, because fortune is of a sex which likes not a tardy wooer and repulses all who are not ardent.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Appear as you may wish to be.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “For one change always leaves a dovetail into which another will fit.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men seldom rise from low condition to high rank without employing either force or fraud, unless that rank should be attained either by gift or inheritance.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “We have not seen great things done in our time except by those who have been considered mean; the rest have failed.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “The world has always been the same; and there is always as much good fortune as bad in it.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Everyone who wants to know what will happen ought to examine what has happened: everything in this world in any epoch has their replicas in antiquity.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Speaking generally, men are ungrateful, fickle, hypocritical, fearful odanger and covetous ogain.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “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.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once and for all.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Few men are brave by nature, but good discipline and experience make many so.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Republics have a longer life and enjoy better fortune than principalities, because they can profit by their greater internal diversity. They are the better able to meet emergencies.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “To know in war how to recognize an opportunity and seize it is better than anything else.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “For among other evils caused by being disarmed, it renders you contemptible; which is one of those disgraceful things which a prince must guard against.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men generally decide upon a middle course, which is most hazardous, for they know neither how to be entirely good nor entirely bad.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “The Swiss are well armed and enjoy great freedom.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “So in all human affairs one notices, if one examines them closely, that it is impossible to remove one inconvenience without another emerging.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “In order not to annul our free will, I judge it true that Fortune may be mistress of one half our actions but then even she leaves the other half, or almost, under our control.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “All the armed prophets conquered; all the unarmed ones perished.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “You must know, then, that there are two methods of fighting, the one by law, the other by force: the first method is that of men, the second of beasts; but as the first method is often insufficient, one must have recourse to the second.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “He who makes war his profession cannot be otherwise than vicious. War makes thieves, and peace brings them to the gallows.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “A wise prince will seek means by which his subjects will always and in every possible condition of things have need of his government, and then they will always be faithful to him.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “When men receive favours from someone they expected to do them ill, they are under a greater obligation to their benefactor...”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Decide which is the line of conduct that presents the fewest drawbacks and then follow it out as being the best one, because one never finds anything perfectly pure and unmixed, or exempt from danger.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “It is a foolish prince who entrusts the safety of his lands to hired men.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “He who would foresee what is to happen should look to what has happened: for all that is has its counterpart in time past.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Never lead your soldiers to battle if you have not first confirmed their spirit and known them to be without fear and ordered; and never test them except when you see that they hope to win.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Results are often obtained by impetuosity and daring which could never have been obtained by ordinary methods.”
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