Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.

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

War connot be avoided; it can only be postponed to the others advantage.

He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss.

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

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

War is a profession by which a man cannot live honorably; an employment by which the soldier, if he would reap any profit, is obliged to be false, rapacious, and cruel.

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.

Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws, must start with assuming that all men are bad and ever ready to display their vicious nature, whenever they may find occasion for it.

God creates men, but they choose each other.

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

A prince should therefore have no other aim or thought, nor take up any other thing for his study but war and it organization and discipline, for that is the only art that is necessary to one who commands.

When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the marjority of men live content.

There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when everyone can tell you the truth, you lose their respect.

Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.

It is a base thing to look to others for your defense instead of depending upon yourself. That defense alone is effectual, sure, and durable which depends upon yourself and your own valor.

He who has not first laid his foundations may be able with great ability to lay them afterwards, but they will be laid with trouble to the architect and danger to the building.

To be feared is much safer then to be loved.

Is necessary to take such measures that, when they believe no longer, it may be possible to make them believe by force.

We have not seen great things done in our time except by those who have been considered mean; the rest have failed.

One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves.

People are by nature fickle, and it is easy to persuade them of something, but difficult to keep them persuaded.

Hatred may be engendered by good deeds as well as bad ones.

Nothing feeds upon itself as liberality does.