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Machiavelli

Machiavelli

Florentijns staatsphilosopher

Alive from: 1469-1527

Category: Philosophers

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    I consider it a mark of great prudence in a man to abstain from threats or any contemptuous expressions, for neither of these weaken the enemy, but threats make him more cautious, and the other excites his hatred, and a desire to revenge himself.
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    A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
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    A wise man will see to it that his acts always seem voluntary and not done by compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity.
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    Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
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    Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.
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    God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.
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    Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.
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    It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
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    It should be noted that when he seizes a state the new ruler ought to determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He should inflict them once and for all, and not have to renew them every day.
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    Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations.
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    Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.
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    Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.
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    Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.
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    Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
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    One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.
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