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One never finds anything perfectly pure and ... exempt from danger.
War is just when it is necessary arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.
He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.
Fear is secured by a dread of punishment.
War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans.
One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.
Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked.
Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.
A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.
Men are always averse to enterprises in which they foresee difficulties.
Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.
There is no avoiding war it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
Only those means of security are good are certain are lasting that depend on yourself and your own vigor.
Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
Politics have no relation to morals.
Men are always wicked at bottom unless they are made good by some compulsion.
Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
Benefits should be granted little by little so that they may be better enjoyed.
To understand the nature of the people one must be a prince, and to understand the nature of the prince, one must be of the people.