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Quotations by author » Niccolo Machiavelli
Italian writer and statesman, Florentine patriot, author of 'The Prince', 1469-1527
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A prince must be prudent enough to know how to escape the bad reputation of those vices that would lose the state for him, and must protect himself from those that will not lose it for him, if this is possible; but if he cannot, he need not concern h
Reputation
A prince must imitate the fox and the lion, for the lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves. Those that wish to be only lions do not understand this. Therefore, a prudent ruler ought not to keep faith when by so doing it would be against his interest, and when the reasons which made him bind himself no longer exist. If men were all good, this precept would not be a good one; but as they are bad, and would not observe their faith with you, so you are not bound to keep faith with them.
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A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise
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A prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding. If his own prowess fails to compare with theirs, at least it has an air of greatness about it.
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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.
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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.
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A son could bear complacently the death of his father while the loss of his inheritance might drive him to despair
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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.
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A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.
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Ability and perseverance are the weapons of weakness.
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And here comes in the question whether it is better to be loved rather than feared, or feared rather than loved. It might perhaps be answered that we should wish to be both; but since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved....I sum up by saying that since his being loved depends upon his subjects, while his being feared depends upon himself, [one] should build on what is his own, and not on what rests with others.
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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 does not become known, or, if it does become known, that you have a ready and quick defense
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As the observance of divine institutions is the cause of the greatness of republics, so the disregard of them produces their ruin; for where the fear of God is wanting, there the country will come to ruin, unless it be sustained the fear of the princ
Democracy
Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if they are to be observed, have need of good morals
Law and lawyersMorality
Before all else, be armed.
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Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better
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each candidate behaved well in the hope of being judged worthy of election. However, this system was disastrous when the city had become corrupt. For then it was not the most virtuous but the most powerful who stood for election, and the weak, even if virtuous, were too frightened to run for office.
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Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
Entrepreneurs
For among other evils caused by being disarmed, it renders you contemptible; which is one of those disgraceful things which a prince must guard against
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For as good habits of the people require good laws to support them, so laws, to be observed, need good habits on the part of the people
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