...it is a base thing to look to others for your defense instead of depending upon yourself. That defense alone is effectual, sure, and durable which depends upon yourself and your own valor. The Prince

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...people are by nature fickle, and it is easy to persuade them of something, but difficult to keep them persuaded. The Prince

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A prince should therefore have no other aim or thought, nor take up any other thing for his study but war and it organization and discipline, for that is the only art that is necessary to one who commands. The Prince

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Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.

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God creates men, but they choose each other. quoted in O Magazine November 2003

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Hatred may be engendered by good deeds as well as bad ones. The Prince (1513)

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He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss.

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He who has not first laid his foundations may be able with great ability to lay them afterwards, but they will be laid with trouble to the architect and danger to the building. The Prince

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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.

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Is necessary to take such measures that, when they believe no longer, it may be possible to make them believe by force. The Prince

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