Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes - Page 2
Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.
Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot.
Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
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.
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.
Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.
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.
God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.
A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.