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Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes

(1469-1527), Italian Author, Statesman

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.

Category: Leaders And Leadership

Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.

Category: Leaders And Leadership

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.

Category: Nations

A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.

Category: Promises

The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.

Category: Promises

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.

Category: Prudence

Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces.

Category: Punctuality

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.

Category: Purpose

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.

Category: Totalitarianism

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.

Category: Vice

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.

Category: Virtue

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.

Category: War

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.

Category: Weapons

God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.

Category: Will And Will Power

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.

Category: Will And Will Power