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.
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.
It is not titles that make men illustrious, but men who make titles illustrious.
The best fortress which a prince can possess is the affection of his people.
One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.