Aphorisms by author: Niccolo Machiavelli

Wisdom consists of knowing how to distinguish the nature of trouble, and in choosing the lesser evil.
By theme : Wisdom
Republics have a longer life and enjoy better fortune than principalities, because they can profit by their greater internal diversity. They are the better able to meet emergencies.
By theme : Democracy Politics
Though fraud in all other actions be odious, yet in matters of war it is laudable and glorious, and he who overcomes his enemies by stratagem is as much to be praised as he who overcomes them by force.
By theme : War
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
By theme : Stupidity Wisdom
Never was anything great achieved without danger.
By theme : Life Wisdom
Politics have no relation to morals.
By theme : Morality Politics
It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
By theme : Behavior Politics
Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes; but few have the gift of penetration.
By theme : Knowledge Psychology Wisdom
Make no small plans for they have not the power to stir men`s blood.
By theme : Behavior Knowledge Wisdom
There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when everyone can tell you the truth, you lose their respect.
By theme : Behavior Person Psychology Wisdom
To be feared is much safer than to be loved.
By theme : Politics Society Wisdom
Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
By theme : Feelings Psychology
When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content.
By theme : Politics Society
Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.
By theme : Love Wisdom
One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves.
By theme : Politics Society
Hatred may be engendered by good deeds as well as bad ones.
By theme : Behavior Good Hatred
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
By theme : Society State Truth
War cannot be avoided; it can only be postponed to the other`s advantage.
By theme : Politics War
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
By theme : Person Politics Psychology
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