Zitat des Tages von Niccolo Machiavelli:
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.
The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.
Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.
War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.
To understand the nature of the people one must be a prince, and to understand the nature of the prince, one must be of the people.
Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
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.
It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces.
He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.
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.
A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.
Before all else, be armed.
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.
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.
Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.
Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.
A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair.
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.
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
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.
Politics have no relation to morals.