Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
It is not titles that make men illustrious, but men who make titles illustrious.
Men are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.
Never was anything great achieved without danger.
One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.
Politics have no relation to morals.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.
Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.
/ Niccolo Machiavelli