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Italian philosopher, statesman, diplomatist and writer
(1469 - 1527)
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A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
      - [Royalty]

A soldier ought to consider peace only as a breathing-spell, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes ability to execute, military plans.
      - [Soldiers]

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
      - [Ambition]

And if, to be sure, sometimes you need to conceal a fact with words, do it in such a way that it does not become known, or, if it does become known, that you have a ready and quick defense.
      - [Concealment]

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.
      - [Law]

Before all else, be armed.
      - [Preparation]

Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.
      - [Benefit]

For among other evils caused by being disarmed, it renders you contemptible; which is one of those disgraceful things which a prince must guard against.
      - [Defense]

For as good habits of the people require good laws to support them, so laws, to be observed, need good habits on the part of the people.
      - [Habit]

For it is not titles that reflect honor on men, but men on their titles.
      - [Titles]

For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearance, as though they were realities and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.
      - [Appearance]

God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.
      - [Free Will]

He who makes war his profession cannot be otherwise than vicious. War makes thieves, and peace brings them to the gallows.
      - [War]

Hence it comes about that all armed prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed prophets have been destroyed.
      - [Prophets]

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.
      - [Threats]

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
      - [Injury]

If the course of human affairs be considered, it will be seen that many things arise against which heaven does not allow us to guard.
      - [Destiny]

It is a true observation of ancient writers, that as men are apt to be cast down by adversity, so they, are easily satiated with prosperity, and that joy and grief produce the same effects. For whenever men are not obliged by necessity to fight they fight from ambition, which is so powerful a passion in the human breast that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
      - [Ambition]

It is often found that modesty and humility not only do no good, but are positively hurtful, when they are shown to the arrogant who have taken up a prejudice against you, either from envy or from any other cause.
      - [Modesty]

It is the duty of a man of honor to teach others the good which he has not been able to do himself because of the malignity of the times, that this good finally can be done by another more loved in heaven.
      - [Teaching]

Men are so simple, and yield so much to necessity, that he who will deceive will always find him who will lend himself to be deceived.
      - [Deceit]

Men as a whole judge more with their eyes than with their hands.
      - [Judgment]

Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes; but few have the gift of penetration.
      - [Appearance]

Men may second fortune, but they cannot thwart her.
      - [Fortune]

Politics have no relation to morals.
      - [Politics]

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