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  • For, besides what has been said, it should be borne in mind that the temper of the multitude is fickle, and that while it is easy to persuade them of a thing, it is hard to fix them in that persuasion
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")

  • Therefore a wise prince ought to adopt such a course that his citizens will always in every sort and kind of circumstance have need of the state and of him, and then he will always find them faithful.
    (Niccolo 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.
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")

  • For, in truth, there is no sure way of holding other than by destroying
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")

  • Therefore it is unnecessary for a prince to have all the good qualities I have enumerated, but it is very necessary to appear to have them. And I shall dare to say this also, that to have them and always to observe them is injurious, and that to appear to have them is useful; to appear merciful, faithful, humane, religious, upright, and to be so, but with a mind so framed that should you require not to be so, you may be able and know how to change to the opposite.
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")


  • A wise prince then...should never be idle in times of peace but should industriously lay up stores of which to avail himself in times of adversity so that when Fortune abandons him he may be prepared to resist her blows.
    (Niccolo 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
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")

  • Therefore the best fortress is to be found in the love of the people, for although you may have fortresses they will not save you if you are hated by the people.
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")

  • And although one should not reason about Moses, as he was a mere executor of things that had been ordered for him by God, nonetheless he should be admired if only for that grace which made him deserving of speaking with God.
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")

  • I hold strongly to this: that it is better to be impetuous than circumspect; because fortune is a woman and if she is to be submissive it is necessary to beat and coerce her.
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")

  • Therefore, it is necessary to be a fox to discover the snares and a lion to terrify the wolves
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")

  • And in examining their life and deeds it will be seen that they owed nothing to fortune but the opportunity which gave them matter to be shaped into the form that they thought fit; and without that opportunity their powers would have been wasted, and without their powers the opportunity would have come in vain.
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")

  • In conclusion, the arms of others either fall from your back, or they weigh you down, or they bind you fast.
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")

  • Thus it is well to seem merciful faithful humane religious and upright and also to be so but the mind should remain so balanced that were it needful not to be so you should be able and know how to change to the contrary.
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")

  • And truly it is a very natural and ordinary thing to desire to acquire, and always, when men do it who can, they will be praised or not blamed; but when they cannot, and wish to do it anyway, here lies the error and the blame.
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")


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