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Niccolo Machiavelli;
"No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution"
"Make no small plans for they have no power to stir the soul"
"Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration."
"The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him"
"He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command"
"When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content"
"It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both"
"I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it."
"Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil"
"Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage"
" There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others"
"If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared"
"A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests"
"Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better "