Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes

Niccolò Machiavelli QuotesWhosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.

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

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

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

So in all human affairs one notices, if one examines them closely, that it is impossible to remove one inconvenience without another emerging.

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

It ought to be remembered that 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.

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

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

Never was anything great achieved without danger.

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.

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.

Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel.

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

Few men are brave by nature, but good discipline and experience make many so.

Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.

I believe that it is possible for one to praise, without concern, any man after he is dead since every reason and supervision for adulation is lacking.

A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent.

Everyone sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.

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

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.

A prince ought to have no other aim or thought, nor select anything else for his study, than war and its rules and discipline; for this is the sole art that belongs to him who rules, and it is of such force that it not only upholds those who are born princes, but it often enables men to rise from a private station to that rank.

I say that every prince must desire to be considered merciful and not cruel. He must, however, take care not to misuse this mercifulness.

A prince who is not wise himself will never take good advice.

Good order and discipline in an army are more to be depended upon than ferocity.

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

Nothing is of greater importance in time of war than in knowing how to make the best use of a fair opportunity when it is offered.

Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.

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