Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes (52 quotations)

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1. ...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. - Niccolo Machiavelli

2. ...people are by nature fickle, and it is easy to persuade them of something, but difficult to keep them persuaded. - Niccolo Machiavelli

3. 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. - Niccolo Machiavelli

4. A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair. - Niccolo Machiavelli

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

6. And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. - Niccolo Machiavelli

7. Before all else, be armed. - Niccolo Machiavelli

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

9. God creates men, but they choose each other. - Niccolo Machiavelli

10. Hatred may be engendered by good deeds as well as bad ones. - Niccolo Machiavelli

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

12. 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. - Niccolo Machiavelli

13. Hence it comes about that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed. - Niccolo Machiavelli

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

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

16. It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. - Niccolo Machiavelli

17. It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver. - Niccolo Machiavelli

18. It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles. - Niccolo Machiavelli

19. It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who would profit by the old order, only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new. - Niccolo Machiavelli

20. It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage, than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institutions and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new ones. - Niccolo Machiavelli

21. Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked. - Niccolo Machiavelli

22. Men are so stupid and concerned with their present needs, they will always let themselves be deceived. - Niccolo Machiavelli

23. 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. - Niccolo Machiavelli

24. 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. - Niccolo Machiavelli

25. No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution. - Niccolo Machiavelli

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