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 :: 1469-1527, Italian Author, Statesman

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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 the two must be lacking.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Totalitarianism]

 

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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 himself unduly if he ignores these less serious vices.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Vice]

 

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The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Virtue]

 

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There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [War]

 

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A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Promises]

 

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The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Promises]

 

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I consider it a mark of great prudence in a man to abstain from threats or any contemptuous expressions, for neither of these weaken the enemy, but threats make him more cautious, and the other excites his hatred, and a desire to revenge himself.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Prudence]

 

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Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Punctuality]

 

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The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Purpose]

 

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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.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Intelligence and Intellectuals]

 

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Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Judgment and Judges]

 

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Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see, but only a few can test by feeling. Everyone sees what you seem to be, few know what you really are, and those few do not dare take a stand against the general opinion.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Judgment and Judges]

 

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Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Judgment and Judges]

 

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Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Leaders and Leadership]

 

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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.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Leaders and Leadership]

 

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States that rise quickly, just as all the other things of nature that are born and grow rapidly, cannot have roots and ramifications; the first bad weather kills them.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Nations]

 

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Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Favors]

 

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It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Fear]

 

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The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Greed]

 

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Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli - [Hatred]

 

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