Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes


71 Niccolo Machiavelli quotes:



"There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, that to institute a new order of things"
Author: Machiavelli Quotes Category: Doubt Quotes
"Before all else, be armed."
"The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it."
"God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us."
"Hence it comes about that all armed prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed prophets have been destroyed."
"Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking."
"The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present."
"It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both."
"Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society."
"There is no other way for securing yourself against flatteries except that men understand that they do not offend you by telling you the truth; but when everybody can tell you the truth, you fail to get respect"
Author: Machiavelli Quotes Category: Men Quotes
"Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others."
"Ability and perseverance are the weapons of weakness."
"For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearance, as though they were realities and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are"
"It should be noted that when he seizes a state the new ruler ought to determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He should inflict them once and for all, and not have to renew them every day."
"Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if they are to be observed, have need of good morals"
"The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not."
"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."
"Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces."
"Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times."
"Never was anything great achieved without danger."



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