Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes.
Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
Before all else, be armed.
We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.
The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes.
No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.
A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair.
Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.
Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.
The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once and for all.
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.
It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope.
Power is the pivot on which everything hinges. He who has the power is always right; the weaker is always wrong.
The unarmed man is not just defenseless – he is also contemptible.