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Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes


71 Niccolo Machiavelli quotes:



"Never was anything great achieved without danger"
Author: Machiavelli Quotes Category: Danger Quotes
"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..."
"A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests."
"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"
Author: Machiavelli Quotes Category: Evil Quotes
"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."
"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."
"He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command."
"It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved."
"A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair."
"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."
"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."
"A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise."
"Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better."
"If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared."
"Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions."
"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."
"The wise man does at once what the fool does finally."
"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."
"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 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."



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