He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.
It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
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.
Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot.
Never was anything great achieved without danger.
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
Politics have no relation to morals.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.
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