Quotes by: Niccolo Machiavelli
A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair.
God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.
A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.
The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once and for all.
Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.
We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.
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.
Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.
Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.
War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans.
To understand the nature of the people one must be a prince, and to understand the nature of the prince, one must be of the people.
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 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.
The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.