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    Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: time  men  future  human  wishes  facts  passion 
     
    Laa shay'a waqi'un moutlaq bale kouloun moumkine...We work in the Dark, to serve the Light.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: work  dark 
     
    Men are so stupid and concerned with their present needs, they will always let themselves be deceived.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: men  present 
     
    it is better to act and repent than not to act and regret.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: regret 
     
    If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: men 
     
    Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    Always assume incompetence before looking for conspiracy.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    I desire to go to Hell and not to Heaven. In the former I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes, while in the latter are only beggars, monks and apostles
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: desires  hell  company  heaven 
     
    How perilous it is to free a people who prefer slavery.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: people  slavery 
     
    One of the great secrets of the day is to know how to take possession of popular prejudices and passions, in such a way as to introduce a confusion of principles which makes impossible all understanding between those who speak the same language and have the same interests.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    You know better than I that in a Republic talent is always suspect. A man attains an elevated position only when his mediocrity prevents him from being a threat to others. And for this reason a democracy is never governed by the most competent, but rather by those whose insignificance will not jeopardize anyone else's self-esteem.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: men  talent  democracy 
     
    Politics have no relation to morals.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: politics  morals 
     
    A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one's own ignorance.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: men  reality  eyes  gift 
     
    Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: experience 
     
    A government which does not trust its citizens to be armed is not itself to be trusted.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: trust  government 
     
    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.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: deception 
     
    Women are the most charitable creatures, and the most troublesome. He who shuns women passes up the trouble, but also the benefits. He who puts up with them gains the benefits, but also the trouble. As the saying goes, there's no honey without bees.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: women  saying  honey 
     
    The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: men  intelligence 
     
    Power is the pivot on which everything hinges. He who has the power is always right; the weaker is always wrong.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: power  wrong 
     
    Never was anything great achieved without danger.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: danger 
     
    The state is not an organism capable of bringing either moral or material improvements to the populace...but merely a vehicle of power for the men and party in power.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: men  power  improvement  morals 
     
    I hold it to be a proof of great prudence for men to abstain from threats and insulting words toward anyone, for neither diminishes the strength of the enemy.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: enemies  men  enemy  strength 
     
    It is a foolish prince who entrusts the safety of his lands to hired men.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: men 
     
    Ability and perseverance are the weapons of weakness.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: present  broken 
     
    It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: pleasure 
     
    Gold will not always get you good soldiers, but good soldiers can get you gold.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    There is nothing as likely to succeed as what the enemy believes you cannot attempt.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: enemies  believe  enemy 
     
    If you only notice human proceedings, you may observe that all who attain great power and riches, make use of either force or fraud; and what they have acquired either by deceit or violence, in order to conceal the disgraceful methods of attainment, they endeavor to sanctify with the false title of honest gains.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: power  human  violence 
     
    For a long time I have not said what I believed, nor do I ever believe what I say, and if indeed sometimes I do happen to tell the truth, I hide it among so many lies that it is hard to find.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: time  truth  believe  lies 
     
    Men are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: fear  men 
     
    The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: men  wise  fools 
     
    Change has no constituency.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    The ends justifies the means.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    There is nothing more important than appearing to be religious.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: religious 
     
    Men are of three different capacities: one understands intuitively; another understands so far as it is explained; and a third understands neither of himself nor by explanation. The first is excellent, the second, commendable, and the third, altogether useless.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: men 
     
    Impetuosity and audacity often achieve what ordinary means fail to achieve.
    — Niccolo Machiavelli
    tags: achieve  fail 
     
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    niccolo machiavelli
    Birth    : May 3, 1469
    Death  : June 21, 1527
    Occupation  : Historian

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