A man who wishes to profess at all times will come to ruin among so many who are not good.
More Quotes from Niccolo Machiavelli:One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.
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.
Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
A prince must imitate the fox and the lion, for the lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves. Those that wish to be only lions do not understand this. Therefore, a prudent ruler ought not to keep faith when by so doing it would be against his interest, and when the reasons which made him bind himself no longer exist. If men were all good, this precept would not be a good one but as they are bad, and would not observe their faith with you, so you are not bound to keep faith with them.
God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.
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I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.
Follow thy fair sun, unhappy shadow.