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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: “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: “To ensure victory the troops must have confidence in themselves as well as in their commanders.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men may second fortune, but they cannot thwart her.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Few men are brave by nature, but good discipline and experience make many so.”
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: “To know in war how to recognize an opportunity and seize it is better than anything else.”
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: “Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.”
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: “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: “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: “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 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: “The end of the republic is to enervate and to weaken all other bodies so as to increase its own body.”
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: “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: “Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “A wise man will see to it that his acts always seem voluntary and not done by compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity.”
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: “War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.”
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: “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: “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: “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: “Results are often obtained by impetuosity and daring which could never have been obtained by ordinary methods.”
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: “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: “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: “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: “All the armed prophets conquered; all the unarmed ones perished.”
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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “Men are always averse to enterprises in which they foresee difficulties.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “For without invention, no one was ever a great man in his own trade.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “A blast in the human breast is nothing to boast of.”
Niccolò Machiavelli Quote: “I believe that it is possible for one to praise, without concern, any man after he is dead since every reason and supervision for adulation is lacking.”
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: “Since the handling of arms is a beautiful spectacle, it is delightful to young men.”
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: “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: “He who has once begun to live by rapine always finds reasons for taking what is not his.”
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: “The sinews of war are not gold, but good soldiers.”
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