“Never was anything great achieved without danger.
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”
“Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.”
“it is much safer to be feared than loved because ...love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.”
Politics have no relation to morals.
It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to
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.
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.