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Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes

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A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) The promise given was a necessity of the past: The word broken is a necessity of the present  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) Occasionally words must serve to veil the facts. But let this happen in such a way that no one become aware of it; or, if it should be noticed, excuses must be at hand to be produced immediately  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) In judging policies we should consider the results that have been achieved through them rather than the means by which they have been executed  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) Men seldom rise from low condition to high rank without employing either force or fraud, unless that rank should be attained either by gift or inheritance  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) A wise man will see to it that his acts always seem voluntary and not done by compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) 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  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) Men are so simple of mind, and so much dominated by their immediate needs, that a deceitful man will always find plenty who are ready to be deceived  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) For whoever believes that great advancement and new benefits make men forget old injuries is mistaken  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) And yet we cannot define as skillful killing one's fellow citizens, betraying one's friends, and showing no loyalty, mercy, or moral obligation. These means can lead to power, but not glory  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) Therefore any cruelty has to be executed at once, so that the less it is tasted, the less it offends; while benefits must be dispensed little by little, so that they will be savored all the more  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) But above all he must refrain from seizing the property of others, because a man is quicker to forget the death of his father than the loss of his patrimony  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) The nature of man is such that people consider themselves put under an obligation as much by the benefits they confer as by those they receive  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) It is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) Princes should devolve on others those matters that entail responsibility, and reserve to themselves those that relate to grace and favour  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) Men are so simple, and governed so absolutely by their present needs, that he who wishes to deceive will never fail in finding willing dupes  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) The first way to lose a state is to neglect the art of war; the first way to gain a state is to be skilled in the art of war  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) To defeat Fortune, men must anticipate such evils before they arise, and take prudent steps to avoid them. When the waters have already risen, it is too late to build dikes and embankments  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) Half of these aren't even Machiavelli. Some are Plato, Thucydides etc.... doesn't anyone check these?  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) Good individuals cannot exist without good education, and good education cannot exist without good laws,  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) Never was anything great achieved without danger  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes) Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times  (Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes)
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