Machiavelli Quotes

  • Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
  • It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
  • The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
  • A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.
  • 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.
  • Before all else, be armed.
  • Politics have no relation to morals.
  • A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
  • He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.
  • It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
  • There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.
  • I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
  • Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.
  • God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.
  • If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
  • It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.
  • Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.
  • It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
  • The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

Niccolo Machiavelli












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