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  • For that reason, let a prince have the credit of conquering and holding his state, the means will always be considered honest, and he will be praised by everybody because the vulgar are always taken by what a thing seems to be and by what comes of it; and in the world there are only the vulgar, for the few find a place there only when the many have no ground to rest on.
    (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")

  • 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.
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")

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


  • A man who wishes to profess at all times will come to ruin among so many who are not good.
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")

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

  • A prince is also esteemed when he is a true friend and a true enemy.
    (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")

  • When a newly acquired State has been accustomed, as I have said, to live under its own laws and in freedom, there are three methods whereby it may be held. The first is to destroy it; the second, to go and reside there in person; the third, to suffer it to live on under its own laws, subjecting it to a tribute, and entrusting its government to a few of the inhabitants who will keep the rest your friends
    (Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince")

  • A prince must not have any other object nor any other thoughtà but war, its institutions, and its discipline; because that is the only art befitting one who commands.
    (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")

  • 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")

  • 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")


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