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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteIf an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteMen should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteIt is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteThe first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteMen nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed in their affairs by imitation, even though they cannot entirely keep to the tracks of others or emulate the prowess of their models. So a prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding. If his own prowess fails to compare with theirs, at least it has an air of greatness about it. He should behave like those archers who, if they are skilful, when the target seems too distant, know the capabilities of their bow and aim a good deal higher than their objective, not in order to shoot so high but so that by aiming high they can reach the target.

 Niccolo Machiavelli quotes (Italian writer and statesman, Florentine patriot, author of 'The Prince', 1469-1527)

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteA prince must imitate the fox and the lion, for the lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves. Those that wish to be only lions do not understand this. Therefore, a prudent ruler ought not to keep faith when by so doing it would be against his interest, and when the reasons which made him bind himself no longer exist. If men were all good, this precept would not be a good one; but as they are bad, and would not observe their faith with you, so you are not bound to keep faith with them.
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 Niccolo Machiavelli quotes (Italian writer and statesman, Florentine patriot, author of 'The Prince', 1469-1527)

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteWise men say, and not without reason, that whoever wished to foresee the future might consult the past.

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteMen rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.

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