Machiavelli #25

You’ll be held in contempt if you’re seen as changeable, superficial, fearful, effeminate or indecisive. –Niccolò Machiavelli Follow @oxhorn

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Machiavelli #24

In general, people judge by appearances than first-​hand experience, because everyone gets to see you but hardly anyone deals with you directly. –Niccolò Machiavelli Follow @oxhorn

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Machiavelli #23

People are so gullible and so caught up with immediate concerns that a con man will always find someone ready to be conned. –Niccolò Machiavelli Follow @oxhorn

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Machiavelli #22

The reader must bear in mind that there are two ways of doing battle: using the law and using force. Typically, humans use laws and animals use force. –Niccolò Machiavelli Follow @oxhorn

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Machiavelli #21

Above all, [a ruler] mustn’t seize other people’s property. A man will sooner forget the death of his father than the loss of his inheritance. –Niccolò Machiavelli Follow @oxhorn

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Machiavelli #20

Men are less worried about letting down someone who has made himself loved than someone who makes himself feared. Love binds when someone recognizes that he should be grateful to you, but, since men are a sad lot, gratitude is

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Machiavelli #19

We can say this of most people: that they are ungrateful and unreliable; they lie, they fake, they’re greed for cash and they melt away in the face of danger. –Niccolò Machiavelli Follow @oxhorn

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