501. “The sinews of war are not gold, but good soldiers.”
— Niccolò Machiavelli
502. “A prince ought to have two fears, one from within, on account of his subjects, the other from without, on account of external powers.”
503. “It is much better to tempt fortune where it can favor you than to see your certain ruin by not tempting it.”
504. “Benefits should be granted little by little, so that they may be better enjoyed.”
505. “They have not any difficulties on the way up because they fly, but they have many when they reach the summit.”
506. “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.”
507. “When men receive favours from someone they expected to do them ill, they are under a greater obligation to their benefactor...”
508. “There are three kinds of brains: One understands of itself, another can be taught to understand, and the third can neither understand to itself or be taught to understand.”
509. “When settling disputes between his subjects, he should ensure that his judgement is irrevocable; and he should be so regarded that no one ever dreams of trying to deceive or trick him.”
510. “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.”
511. “To be feared is much safer then to be loved.”
512. “Present wars impoverish the lords that win as much as those that lose.”
513. “Necessities can be many, but the one that is stronger is that which constrains you to win or to die.”
514. “Nothing feeds upon itself as liberality does.”
515. “In the armies, and among every ten men, there must be one of more life, of more heart, or at least of more authority, who with his spirit, with his words, and with his example keeps the others firm and disposed to fight.”
516. “There is nothing that Nature seems to have inclined us to as much as society.”
517. “Ognuno vede quello che tu pari, pochi sentono quello che tu se.”
518. “There is in everything a latent evil peculiar to it.”
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