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Niccolò Machiavelli

May 3, 1469 - June 21, 1527 ·


Upon this, one has to remark that men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.

- Niccolò Machiavelli (1513) ·

The Romans never allowed a trouble spot to remain simply to avoid going to war over it, because they knew that wars don't just go away, they are only postponed to someone else's advantage.

- Niccolò Machiavelli (1513) ·

It is not titles that make men illustrious, but men who make titles illustrious.

- Niccolò Machiavelli (1517) ·

The best fortress which a prince can possess is the affection of his people.

- Niccolò Machiavelli (1513) ·

One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.

- Niccolò Machiavelli (1513) ·

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.

- Niccolò Machiavelli (1513) ·