Niccolo Machiavelli

1469 - 1527

A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on track, imitation, prowess, emulate, prudence, and greatness

Men nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed in their affairs by imitation, even though they cannot entirely keep to the tracks of others or emulate the prowess of their models. So a prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: The Prince, ch. 6, 1514

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli

Machiavelli fought for unity, not morality.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli

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 (1469 - 1527)

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on innovation and creativity

It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. For the initator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institutions and merely lukewarm defenders of those who would gain by the new ones.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: 1513

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli

Nothing is more difficult than to introduce a new order. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on difficult, doubtful, success, dangerous, initiate, new order, reformer, enemies, profit, old order, defenders, fear, adversaries, laws, incredulity, mankind, believe, and experience

There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.  For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the laws in their favour; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had the actual experience of it.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: The Prince (Dover Thrift Editions)

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on fear, love, and control

It is better to be feared than loved. Fear you can control; love, never.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: The 48 Laws of Power, Pages: 87

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on company, desires, heaven, and hell

I desire to go to Hell, not to Heaven. In Hell I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes, but in Heaven are only beggars, monks, hermits and apostles.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on evil, good, and hatred

Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli

Before all else, be armed.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

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