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My favorite quotes from “The Prince” ( Niccolo Machiavelli ) Ripped, mixed and burned by  Maarten Cannaerts Images from ww...
[DISCLAIMER] (From translator David Wootton) “ The Prince” is a book about  . . . . power  not principle
[DISCLAIMER] Some see Machiavelli as the founder of a new, objective  science of politics , concerned  not with what shoul...
[DISCLAIMER] …  a description of what men do, and  not what they ought to do. (Francis Bacon)
There is a general rule to be noted: People should either be  caressed  or  crushed . If you do them minor damage they wil...
Never  postpone  action  to  avoid  war
We have to distinguish between  cruelty well used  and  cruelty abused .
The conclusion is: when you take control of a state, you should make a  list of all the crimes  you have to commit and do ...
The principal foundations of the power of any government is  good laws  and  good armies
Since it is very difficult to be both loved and feared, I maintain it is  much safer to be feared than loved
Men are quicker  to forget the  death of their father  than the  Loss of their inheritance
Because you cannot always win if you respect the rules,  you must be prepared to  break them
Rulers should delegate responsibility for unpopular actions, while taking personal responsibility for those that will win ...
It is better to be headstrong than cautious, for  fortune is a lady . It is necessary if you want to master her, to beat a...
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Macchiavelli quotes

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Macchiavelli quotes

  1. 1. My favorite quotes from “The Prince” ( Niccolo Machiavelli ) Ripped, mixed and burned by Maarten Cannaerts Images from www.sxc.hu
  2. 2. [DISCLAIMER] (From translator David Wootton) “ The Prince” is a book about . . . . power not principle
  3. 3. [DISCLAIMER] Some see Machiavelli as the founder of a new, objective science of politics , concerned not with what should be, but with what is , not with hopes and fears, but with practical realities.
  4. 4. [DISCLAIMER] … a description of what men do, and not what they ought to do. (Francis Bacon)
  5. 5. There is a general rule to be noted: 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.
  6. 6. Never postpone action to avoid war
  7. 7. We have to distinguish between cruelty well used and cruelty abused .
  8. 8. The conclusion is: when you take control of a state, you should make a list of all the crimes you have to commit and do them all at once. (That way you do not have to commit new atrocities every day.)
  9. 9. The principal foundations of the power of any government is good laws and good armies
  10. 10. Since it is very difficult to be both loved and feared, I maintain it is much safer to be feared than loved
  11. 11. Men are quicker to forget the death of their father than the Loss of their inheritance
  12. 12. Because you cannot always win if you respect the rules, you must be prepared to break them
  13. 13. Rulers should delegate responsibility for unpopular actions, while taking personal responsibility for those that will win favor
  14. 14. It is better to be headstrong than cautious, for fortune is a lady . It is necessary if you want to master her, to beat and strike her. Moreover, since she is a lady, she smiles on the young , for they are less cautious, more ruthless, and overcome her with their boldness.

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