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"Occasionally words must serve to veil the facts. But this must happen in such a way that no one becomes aware of it; or, if it should be noticed, excuses must be at hand, to be produced immediately." -
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Top 5 quotes from Nicolo Machiavelli
"For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances as though they were realities. and are often more influenced by things that seem than by those that are."
"It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new one."
"Government consists in nothing else but so controlling subjects that they shall neither be able to, nor have cause to do it harm."
"Men rise from one ambition to another. First they seek to secure themselves from attack, and then they attack others."
"Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied."
Top 5 quotes from Talking, Truth & Lies
"One deceit needs many others, and so the whole house is built in the air and must soon come to the ground."
"Truth sits upon the lips of dying men."
"All malice has injustice at it's end, an end achieved by violence or by fraud; while both are sins that earn the hate of heaven, since fraud belongs exclusively to man, God hates it more and, therefore, far below, the fraudulent are placed and suffer most."
"Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit."
"I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs."