Inspirational Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes

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Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes

“Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. ”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“Never was anything great achieved without danger.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.”
Niccolò Machiavelli quotes

“There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.”
Niccolò Machiavelli

“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.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“Men are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“It is much safer to be feared than loved because …love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see but few can test by feeling. Everyone sees what you seem to be, few know what you really are; and those few do not dare take a stand against the general opinion.”
Niccolò Machiavelli quotes

“He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“How we live is so different from how we ought to live that he who studies what ought to be done rather than what is done will learn the way to his downfall rather than to his preservation.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“It is not titles that honour men, but men that honour titles.”
Niccolò Machiavelli quotes

“Wisdom consists of knowing how to distinguish the nature of trouble, and in choosing the lesser evil.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“There is nothing more important than appearing to be religious.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“Because there are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, the third is useless.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“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.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

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