A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.
When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content.
The chief foundations of all states... are good laws and good arms. And as there cannot be good laws where there are not good arms... where there are good arms there must be good laws...
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.
We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.
I consider it a mark of great prudence in a man to abstain from threats or any contemptuous expressions, for neither of these weaken the enemy, but threats make him more cautious, and the other excites his hatred, and a desire to revenge himself.
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.
Politics have no relation to morals.
A son could bear complacently the death of his father while the loss of his inheritance might drive him to despair.
When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred...
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