Quotes from Niccolo Machiavelli's the Prince

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“Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

“If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
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“There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, Machiavelli Niccolo : Prince

“it is much safer to be feared than loved because ...love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

“Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see but 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.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

“Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. ”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

“A man who is used to acting in one way never changes; he must come to ruin when the times, in changing, no longer are in harmony with his ways.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, Machiavelli Niccolo : Prince

“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
tags: philosophy

“There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

“It is best to be both feared and loved; however, if one cannot be both it is better to be feared than loved.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

“A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent, so that if he does not attain to their greatness, at any rate he will get some tinge of it.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, Prince

“Therefore, it is necessary to be a fox to discover the snares and a lion to terrify the wolves”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, Il Principle

“Men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

“The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

“A prince must not have any other object nor any other thought… but war, its institutions, and its discipline; because that is the only art befitting one who commands.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

“The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

“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, The Prince

“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.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, Unknown Book 6404579

“In conclusion, the arms of others either fall from your back, or they weigh you down, or they bind you fast.”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

“He who becomes a Prince through the favour of the people should always keep on good terms with them; which it is easy for him to do, since all they ask is not to be oppressed”  ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

“Therefore it is unnecessary for a prince to have all...
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