You must know, then, that there are two methods of fighting, the one by law, the other by force: the first method is that of men, the second of beasts; but as the first method is often insufficient, one must have recourse to the second. It is therefore necessary to know well how to use both the beast and the man.
It is far safer to be feared than loved.
An unavoidable war is called justice. When brutality is the only option left it is holy.
Men for the most part follow in the footsteps and imitate the actions of others...
Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.
There are many who think a wise prince ought, when he has the chance, to foment astutely some enmity, so that by suppressing it he will augment his greatness.
These opportunities, then, gave these men the chance they needed, and their great abilities made them recognize it.
Nothing consumes itself so much as generosity, because while you practise it you're losing the wherewithal to go on practising it.
From this arises an argument: whether it is better to be loved than feared. I reply that one should like to be both one and the other; but since it is difficult to join them together, it is much safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.