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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.


Niccolo Machiavelli


#another #desires #find #men #moment

Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.


Niccolo Machiavelli


#destroyed #done #either #feared #greatly

The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes.


Niccolo Machiavelli


#acquire #admittedly #always #common #common thing

Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.


Niccolo Machiavelli


#gain #general #greedy #hypocritical #mankind

Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.


Niccolo Machiavelli


#conquers #demolish #does #error #expect

It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope.


Niccolo Machiavelli


#act #always #arranges #evil #free

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


Niccolo Machiavelli


#armed #been #comes #destroyed #hence

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.


Niccolo Machiavelli


#among #being #caused #contemptible #disarmed

Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed ought drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.


Niccolo Machiavelli


#dealt #drop #give #handed #less

Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.


Niccolo Machiavelli


#breasts #doth #elements #four #framed






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