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Top 250 Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes (2022 Update)
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Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Rome remained free for four hundred years and Sparta eight hundred, although their citizens were armed all that time; but many other states that have been disarmed have lost their liberties in less than forty years.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “There is simply no comparison between a man who is armed and one who is not. It is simply unreasonable to expect that an armed man should obey one who is unarmed, or that an unarmed man should remain safe and secure when his servants are armed.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “A man who is used to acting in one way never changes; he must come to ruin when the times, in changing, no longer are in harmony with his ways.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “It makes him hated above all things, as I have said, to be rapacious, and to be a violator of the property and women of his subjects, from both of which he must abstain.”
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: “Change has no constituency.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “In respect to foresight and firmness, the people are more prudent, more stable, and have better judgement than princes.”
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: “We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “There are three kinds of minds: first those that attain insight and understanding of things by their own means, then those that recognize what is right when others explain it to them, and finally those that are capable of neither one nor the other.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “And truly it is a very natural and ordinary thing to desire to acquire, and always, when men do it who can, they will be praised or not blamed; but when they cannot, and wish to do it anyway, here lies the error and the blame.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Delusion gives you more happiness than truth gives to me. For injuries ought to be done all at one time, so that, being tasted less, they offend less; benefits ought to be given little by little, so that the flavour of them may last longer.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “For as good habits of the people require good laws to support them, so laws, to be observed, need good habits on the part of the people.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “The greatest remedy that is used against a plan of the enemy is to do voluntarily what he plans that you do by force.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men walk almost always in the paths trodden by others, proceeding in their actions by imitation.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “When fortune wishes to bring mighty events to a successful conclusion, she selects some man of spirit and ability who knows how to seize the opportunity she offers.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men may second fortune, but they cannot thwart her.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “The Swiss are well armed and enjoy great freedom.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “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.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Whoever is the cause of another becoming powerful, is ruined himself; for that power is produced by him either through craft or force; and both of these are suspected by the one who has been raised to power.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Whoever takes it upon himself to establish a commonwealth and prescribe laws must presuppose all men naturally bad, and that they will yield to their innate evil passions as often as they can do so with safety.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “The nature of man is such that people consider themselves put under an obligation as much by the benefits they confer as by those they receive.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “War is a profession by which a man cannot live honorably; an employment by which the soldier, if he would reap any profit, is obliged to be false, rapacious, and cruel.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow.”
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: “To ensure victory the troops must have confidence in themselves as well as in their commanders.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “A multitude is strong while it holds together, but so soon as each of those who compose it begins ro think of his own private danger, it becomes weak and contemptible.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “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.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “The end of the republic is to enervate and to weaken all other bodies so as to increase its own body.”
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: “I say that every prince must desire to be considered merciful and not cruel. He must, however, take care not to misuse this mercifulness.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “And above all you ought to guard against leading an army to fight which is afraid or which is not confident of victory. For the greatest sign of an impending loss is when one does not believe one can win.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “In our own days we have seen no princes accomplish great results save those who have been accounted miserly.”
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: “The answer is, of course, that it would be best to be both loved and feared. But since the two rarely come together, anyone compelled to choose will find greater security in being feared than in being loved.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Then also pretexts for seizing property are never wanting, and one who begins to live by rapine will always find some reason for taking the goods of others, whereas causes for taking life are rarer and more quickly destroyed.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “It is the duty of a man of honor to teach others the good which he has not been able to do himself because of the malignity of the times, that this good finally can be done by another more loved in heaven.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “My view is that it is desirable to be both loved and feared; but it is difficult to achieve both and, if one of them has to be lacking, it is much safer to be feared than loved.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Without doubt, ferocious and disordered men are much weaker than timid and ordered ones. For order chases fear from men and disorder lessens ferocity.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men are able to assist fortune but not to thwart her. They can weave her designs, but they cannot destroy them.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “And if such malignity is hidden for a time, it proceeds from the unknown reason that would not be known because the experience of the contrary had not been seen, but time, which is said to be the father of every truth, will cause it to be discovered.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if they are to be observed, have need of good morals.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “When they remain in garrison, soldiers are maintained with fear and punishment; when they are then led to war, with hope and reward.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “If the course of human affairs be considered, it will be seen that many things arise against which heaven does not allow us to guard.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “A blast in the human breast is nothing to boast of.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “When you disarm your subjects, however, you offend them by showing that either from cowardliness or lack of faith, you distrust them; and either conclusion will induce them to hate you.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Knowing how to fight made men more bold, because no one fears doing what it seems to him he has learned to do. Therefore, the ancients wanted their citizens to be trained in every warlike action.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “And if, to be sure, sometimes you need to conceal a fact with words, do it in such a way that it does not become known, or, if it does become known, that you have a ready and quick defense.”
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