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Power
Engrave this Quote Men seldom rise from low condition to high rank without employing either force or fraud, unless that rank should be attained either by gift or inheritance.
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-Niccolo Machiavelli, Discourses 1517
Promises
Engrave this Quote The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
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Engrave this Quote A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
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Prudence
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Punctuality
Engrave this Quote Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces.
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Purpose
Engrave this Quote The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not.
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Reading
Engrave this Quote I hope and hoping feeds my pain
I weep and weeping feeds my failing heart
I laugh but the laughter does not pass within
I burn but the burning makes no mark outside
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-Niccolo Machiavelli, Machiavelli's poem (undated)
Virtue
Engrave this Quote A prince must be prudent enough to know how to escape the bad reputation of those vices that would lose the state for him, and must protect himself from those that will not lose it for him, if this is possible; but if he cannot, he need not concern himself unduly if he ignores these less serious vices.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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War
Engrave this Quote There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
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Engrave this Quote The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow.
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Engrave this Quote It should be noted that when he seizes a state the new ruler ought to determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He should inflict them once and for all, and not have to renew them every day.
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Will, Willpower
Engrave this Quote God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.
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Engrave this Quote Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
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Wisdom
Engrave this Quote A wise man will see to it that his acts always seem voluntary and not done by compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity.
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