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Niccolo Machiavelli quotes

The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.

The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

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.

Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed ought drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.

When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred.

Politics have no relation to morals.

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.

Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.

Never was anything great achieved without danger.

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.

It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

Before all else, be armed.

I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.

He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.

Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot.

Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.

Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.