Niccolò Machiavelli
Florence

Quotes

11 November 2014
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
11 November 2014
The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous.
11 November 2014
A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
States that rise quickly, just as all the other things of nature that are born and grow rapidly, cannot have roots and ramifications; the first bad weather kills them.
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
For among other evils caused by being disarmed, it renders you contemptible; which is one of those disgraceful things which a prince must guard against.
11 November 2014
Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
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.

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