Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.
No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearance, as though they were realities and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are
Make no small plans for they have no power to stir the soul.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
For as laws are necessary that good manners be preserved, so there is need of good manners that law may be maintained
In truth, there never was any remarkable lawgiver amongst any people who did not resort to divine authority, as otherwise his laws would not have been accepted by the people; for there are many good laws, the importance of which is known to be..
He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.
So long as the great majority of men are not deprived of either property or honor, they are satisfied.
Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.
Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.
A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair.
When you disarm your subjects you offend them by showing that either from cowardliness or lack of faith, you distrust them; and either conclusion will induce them to hate you.
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.