The Prince Author:Machiavelli CONSPIRACY: A prince need trouble little about conspiracies when the people are well disposed, but when they are hostile and hold him in hatred, then he must fear everything and everybody. — MERIT: A prince must show himself a lover of merit, give prefement to the able and honor those who excel in every art. — GOODNESS: A man who wishes to make a ... more »profession of goodness in everything must necessarily come to grief among so many who are not good. Therefore, it is necessary to learn how not to be good, and to use this knowledge and not use it, according to the necessity of the case.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The first impression that one gets of a ruler and of his brains is from seeing the men he has about him.« less