A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.Niccolò Machiavelli
A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.Niccolò Machiavelli
God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.Niccolò Machiavelli
Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.Niccolò Machiavelli
It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope.Niccolò Machiavelli
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.Niccolò Machiavelli
Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.Niccolò Machiavelli
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
Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.Niccolò Machiavelli
Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.Niccolò Machiavelli
Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot.Niccolò Machiavelli
Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.Niccolò Machiavelli
Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.Niccolò Machiavelli
Never was anything great achieved without danger.Niccolò Machiavelli
No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.Niccolò Machiavelli
One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.Niccolò Machiavelli
Politics have no relation to morals.Niccolò Machiavelli
Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.Niccolò Machiavelli
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
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.Niccolò Machiavelli
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
The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.Niccolò Machiavelli
The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes.Niccolò Machiavelli
There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.Niccolò Machiavelli
There is no avoiding war it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.Niccolò Machiavelli
There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.Niccolò Machiavelli
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.Niccolò Machiavelli
To understand the nature of the people one must be a prince, and to understand the nature of the prince, one must be of the people.Niccolò Machiavelli
War is just when it is necessary arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.Niccolò Machiavelli
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
Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.Niccolò Machiavelli
Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.Niccolò Machiavelli
Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.Niccolò Machiavelli
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