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Niccolo Machiavelli
A prince must be prudent enough to know how to escape the bad reputation of those vices that would lose the state for him, and must protect himself from those that will not lose it for him, if this is possible; but if he cannot, he need not concern h
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#Escape

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Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.
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#Fear #Italian Writer

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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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#Free Will

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Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if they are to be observed, have need of good morals
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#Law And Lawyers

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Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better
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#Taste

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Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
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#Men #Italian Writer

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The chief foundations of all states... are good laws and good arms. And as there cannot be good laws where there are not good arms... where there are good arms there must be good laws...
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#Constitution

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Men nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed in their affairs by imitation, even though they cannot entirely keep to the tracks of others or emulate the prowess of their models. So a prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding. If his own prowess fails to compare with theirs, at least it has an air of greatness about it. He should behave like those archers who, if they are skilful, when the target seems too distant, know the capabilities of their bow and aim a good deal higher than their objective, not in order to shoot so high but so that by aiming high they can reach the target.
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#Imitation

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Hence it comes about that all armed prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed prophets have been destroyed.
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#Italian Writer

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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.
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#Italian Writer #Man

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Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.
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#Italian Writer

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There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt
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#Contempt

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The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not.
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#Italian Writer

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If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared
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#Man

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Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
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#Italian Writer

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A prince must imitate the fox and the lion, for 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. Those that wish to be only lions do not understand this. Therefore, a prudent ruler ought not to keep faith when by so doing it would be against his interest, and when the reasons which made him bind himself no longer exist. If men were all good, this precept would not be a good one; but as they are bad, and would not observe their faith with you, so you are not bound to keep faith with them.
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#Fox

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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.
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#Men #Italian Writer

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I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
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#Italian Writer

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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...
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#Confidence

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In truth, there never was any remarkable lawgiver amongst any people who did not resort to divine authority, as otherwise his laws would not have been accepted by the people; for there are many good laws, the importance of which is known to be the sa
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#Authority

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Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed ought drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.
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#Italian Writer

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Ability and perseverance are the weapons of weakness.
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#Ability

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Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.
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#Death #Inheritance

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A son could bear complacently the death of his father while the loss of his inheritance might drive him to despair
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#Death

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There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, that to institute a new order of things
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#Doubt