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PinkMonkey.com-MonkeyNotes-The Prince, by Nicolo Machiavelli
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QUOTATION: A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
QUOTATION: A prince must be prudent enough to know how to escape the
bad reputation of those vices that would lose the state for him, and must
protect himself from those that will not lose it for him, if this is possible;
but if he cannot, he need not concern himself unduly if he ignores these
less serious vices.
QUOTATION: 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.
QUOTATION: Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they
will taste better.
QUOTATION: There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the
advantage of others.
QUOTATION: Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss
of their patrimony.
QUOTATION: States that rise quickly, just as all the other things of
nature that are born and grow rapidly, cannot have roots and ramifications;
the first bad weather kills them.
QUOTATION: It should be noted that when he seizes a state the new ruler
ought to determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He should
inflict them once and for all, and not have to renew them every day.
QUOTATION: 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.
QUOTATION: 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.
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