A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on belief, difficulty, enemies, experience, fear, force, government, incredulity, laws, men, opportunity, order, rules, security, success, and uncertainty

Those who by valorous ways become princes, like these men ['Moses, Cyrus, Romulus, Theseus, and such like'], acquire a principality with difficulty, but they keep it with ease. The difficulties they have in acquiring it rise in part from the new rules and methods which they are forced to introduce to establish their government and its security. And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, then to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. 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. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them. Thus it happens that whenever those who are hostile have the opportunity to attack they do it like partisans, whilst the others defend lukewarmly, in such wise that the prince is endangered along with them.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: The Prince, 1532

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A Quote by Napoléon Buonaparte (Napoléon I) on imagination, rules, and world

Imagination Rules the World.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821)

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A Quote by Mignon McLaughlin on crime, heart, justice, and rules

The head never rules the heart, but just becomes its partner in crime.

Mignon McLaughlin (1915 -)

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A Quote by Michael Levine on good, manners, rules, and society

Good manners are like traffic rules for society.

Michael Levine (1954? -)

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A Quote by Michael Levine on children and rules

Three things that children ought to know: who is in charge, what are the rules and who is going to enforce them.

Michael Levine (1954? -)

Source: Lessons at the Halfway Point

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A Quote by Margaret Fuller on exceptions, nature, and rules

Nature provides exceptions to every rule.

Margaret Fuller (1810 - 1850)

Source: Woman in the Nineteenth Century

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A Quote by Marcus Fabius Quintilian on rules


Without the assistance of natural capacity, rules and precepts are of no efficacy.

Marcus Fabius Quintilian (c. 35 - 95)

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A Quote by Loyd J. Ericson on ability, commitment, competition, conflict, direction, emotion, evil, guidance, ideas, life, lust, parenthood, rules, seriousness, solution, spirit, uncertainty, war, weakness, and youth

When confronted with an issue, the stones and thorns in life will reveal a weakness - by unrest within. Sometimes a confusing unrest is caused by the uncertainty of conflicts between external and internal directions. A person often finds himself in a mental and emotional tug-of-war as differing ideas compete for his commitment. The Apostle Paul recommended a solution to this when he counseled: "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh, for the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." (Galatians 5:16,17) Not all external direction is wrong or evil. For instance, our parents gave us specific directions and rules in our childhood and youth to protect us and guide us away from serious misadventures. This direction is usually continued until we gradually demonstrated an ability to act for ourselves.

Loyd J. Ericson

Source: Loyd J. Ericson, The Sower and the Divine Pattern of Progress, Boise, Idaho, 1998

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A Quote by Lewis Carroll on certainty, children, friendship, niceness, rules, and simplicity

It was all very well to say, 'Drink me,' but the wise little Alice was not going to do that in a hurry.  'No, I'll look first,' she said, 'and see whether it's marked 'poison' or not'; for she had read several nice little stories about children who had got burnt, and eaten up by wild beasts and other unpleasant things, all because they would not remember the simple rules their friends had taught them: that a red-hot poker will burn you if you hold it too long, and that if you cut your finger very deeply with a knife, it usually bleeds. And she had never forgotten that if you drink too much from a bottle marked 'Poison,' it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Alice in Wonderland 13-14

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on guidance, humility, lies, oppression, people, rules, and sage

Why is the sea king of a hundred streams? Because it lies below them... If the sage would guide the people, he must serve with humility. If he would lead them, he must follow behind. In this way when the sage rules, the people will not feel oppressed...

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: The Tao Te Ching, (66)

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