"A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example."
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."Niccolo Machiavelli on Frederick Douglass
"I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman."Niccolo Machiavelli on Anais Nin
"Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance."Niccolo Machiavelli on Oscar Wilde
"Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?"Niccolo Machiavelli on Confucius
"Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men."Niccolo Machiavelli on Mahatma Gandhi
"No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution."
"One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others."
"Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times."
"A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests."
"Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear."
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