Hence it comes about that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed.
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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.
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
Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.
There is no other way for securing yourself against flatteries except that men understand that they do not offend you by telling you the truth but when everybody can tell you the truth, you fail to get respect
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, the third is useless.
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