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Thus it is well to seem merciful faithful humane religious and upright and also to be so but the mind should remain so balanced that were it needful not to be so you should be able and know how to change to the contrary.


Niccolò Machiavelli

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Men nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed in their affairs by imitation, even t...
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For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearance, as though they were realities and a...
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A prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been out...
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When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content.
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"Corruption continues with us beyond the grave," She said, "and then plays merry hell with all ideas
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States that rise quickly, just as all the other things of nature that are born and grow rapidly, can...
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Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be...
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Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Every o...
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The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
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It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
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Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.
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The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws ...
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Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.
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Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will alwa...
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One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.
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There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its ...
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I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
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I hope and hoping feeds my pain
I weep and weeping feeds my failing heart
I laugh but the lau...
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Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries ...
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Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if th...
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I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
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Only those means of security are good, are certain, are lasting, that depend on yourself and your ow...
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A son could bear complacently the death of his father while the loss of his inheritance might drive ...
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As the observance of divine institutions is the cause of the greatness of republics, so the disregar...
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When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either throu...
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For as good habits of the people require good laws to support them, so laws, to be observed, need go...
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So long as the great majority of men are not deprived of either property or honor, they are satisfie...
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And if, to be sure, sometimes you need to conceal a fact with words, do it in such a way that it doe...
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A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him...
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It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.
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Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see...
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Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations.
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No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execu...
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each candidate behaved well in the hope of being judged worthy of election. However, this system was...
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A prince must be prudent enough to know how to escape the bad reputation of those vices that would l...
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A wise man will see to it that his acts always seem voluntary and not done by compulsion, however mu...
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There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates wh...
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War cannot be avoided; it can only be postponed to the other's advantage.
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There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its s...
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Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries ...
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Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
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Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
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Hence it comes about that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have bee...
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The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
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He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.
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There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates...
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A prince must be prudent enough to know how to escape the bad reputation of those vices that would l...
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Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if th...
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Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be rui...
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It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are...
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The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
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For among other evils caused by being disarmed, it renders you contemptible; which is one of those d...
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I shall always esteem it not much to live in a city where the laws do less than men, because that fa...
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There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to ha...
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The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them onc...
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No one should therefore fear that he cannot accomplish what others have accomplished, for, men are b...
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Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of t...
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When you disarm your subjects you offend them by showing that either from cowardliness or lack of fa...
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