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Favorite Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes

Spread Fear and Reap Rewards

  1. Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.
  2. 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.
  3. The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
  4. There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.
  5. Never was anything great achieved without danger.
  6. Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.
  7. Men are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.
  8. It is not titles that honour men, but men that honour titles.
  9. Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
  10. Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved
  11. The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar.
  12. 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.
  13. There is nothing more important than appearing to be religious.
  14. Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.
  15. Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.

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