Only the Greatest and the Best Quotes from Niccolo Machiavelli
Quote : "The wish to acquire is in truth very natural and common, and men always do so when they can, and for this they will be praised not blamed; but when they cannot do so, yet wish to do so by any means, then there is folly and blame."
Quote : "He who is the cause of another becoming powerful is ruined; because that predominancy has been brought about either by astuteness or else by force, and both are distrusted by him who has been raised to power."
Quote : "He who has relied least on fortune is established the strongest."
Quote : "It was necessary, therefore, to Moses that he should find the people of Israel in Egypt enslaved and oppressed by the Egyptians, in order that they should be disposed to follow him so as to be delivered out of bondage. It was necessary that Romulus should not remain in Alba, and that he should be abandoned at his birth, in order that he should become King of Rome and founder of the fatherland. It was necessary that Cyrus should find the Persians discontented with the Medes."
Quote : "Those who by valorous ways become princes, like these men, acquire a principality with difficulty, but they keep it with ease."
Quote : "There is nothing more difficult to take in hand than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things."
Quote : "The nature of the people is variable, and whilst it is easy to persuade them, it is difficult to fix them in that persuasion."