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
More Quotes from Niccolo Machiavelli:Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.
For on Cardinal Rohan saying to me that the Italians did not understand war, I replied that the French did not understand politics.
When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred.
There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.
It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
As laws are necessary that good manners may be preserved, so there is need of good manners that laws may be maintained.
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