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Quote Left There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others. Quote Right
Quote Left Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws, must start with assuming that all men are bad and ever ready to display their vicious nature, whenever they may find occasion for it. Quote Right
Quote Left A wise man ought always to follow the paths beaten by great men, and to imitate those who have been supreme, so that if his ability does not equal theirs, at least it will savor of it. Let him act like the clever archers who, designing to hit the mark which yet appears too far distant, and knowing the limits to which the strength of their bow attains, take aim much higher than the mark, not to reach by their strength or arrow to so great a height, but to be able with the aid of so high an aim to hit the mark they wish to reach. Quote Right
Quote Left Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot Quote Right
Quote Left A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise. Quote Right
Quote Left A son could bear complacently the death of his father while the loss of his inheritance might drive him to despair Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command. Quote Right
Quote Left Men nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed in their affairs by imitation, even though they cannot entirely keep to the tracks of others or emulate the prowess of their models. So 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. He should behave like those archers who, if they are skilful, when the target seems too distant, know the capabilities of their bow and aim a good deal higher than their objective, not in order to shoot so high but so that by aiming high they can reach the target. Quote Right
Quote Left War is a profession by which a man cannot live honorably; an employment by which the soldier, if he would reap any profit, is obliged to be false, rapacious, and cruel. Quote Right
Quote Left If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared Quote Right
Quote Left There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Quote Right
Quote Left No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left ...people are by nature fickle, and it is easy to persuade them of something, but difficult to keep them persuaded. Quote Right
Quote Left He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss. Quote Right
Quote Left When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration. Quote Right
Quote Left I shall always esteem it not much to live in a city where the laws do less than men, because that fatherland is desirable where possessions and friends can be securely enjoyed, not where they can be easily taken from you, and friends for few of thems Quote Right
Quote Left The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. Quote Right
Quote Left Let a prince therefore act to seize and to maintain the state; his methods will always be judged honorable and will be praised by all; for ordinary people are always deceived by appearances and by the outcome of a thing; and in the world there is nothing but ordinary people.... Quote Right
Quote Left Hatred may be engendered by good deeds as well as bad ones. Quote Right
Quote Left 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 Quote Right
Quote Left Many have dreamed up republics and principalities that have never in truth been known to exist; the gulf between how one should live and how one does live is so wide that a man who neglects what is actually done for what should be done learns the way to self-destruction rather than self-preservation. Quote Right
Quote Left A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair. Quote Right
Quote Left There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order to things. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Quote Right