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Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Dec 2020
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Law And Lawyers
Wisdom consists of knowing how to distinguish the nature of trouble, and in choosing the lesser evil.
Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.
People Change quotes
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
Broken Promises quotes
A son could bear complacently the death of his father while the loss of his inheritance might drive him to despair
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.
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.
A prince must be prudent enough to know how to escape the bad reputation of those vices that would lose the state for him, and must protect himself from those that will not lose it for him, if this is possible; but if he cannot, he need not concern h
Politics have no relation to morals.
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
The chief foundations of all states... are good laws and good arms. And as there cannot be good laws where there are not good arms... where there are good arms there must be good laws...
Law And Lawyers quotes
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
When you disarm your subjects 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
Each candidate behaved well in the hope of being judged worthy of election. However, this system was disastrous when the city had become corrupt. For then it was not the most virtuous but the most powerful who stood for election, and the weak, even if virtuous, were too frightened to run for office.
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.
I shall always esteem it not much to live in a city where the laws do less than men, because that fatherland is desirable where possessions and friends can be securely enjoyed, not where they can be easily taken from you, and friends for few of thems
Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.
Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.
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