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Simplicity is the glory of expression. - Walt Whitman
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When I give, I give myself. - Walt Whitman
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A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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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. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Before all else, be armed. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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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
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For among other evils caused by being disarmed, it renders you contemptible; which is one of those disgraceful things which a prince must guard against. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Hence it comes about that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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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. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Never was anything great achieved without danger. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Politics have no relation to morals. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed ought drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once and for all. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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The wise man does at once what the fool does finally. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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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. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others. - Niccolo Machiavelli
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