Happy Birthday Nicco...

Happy Niccolo Machiavelli birthday... You were the original self-help guru...

"I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it. "

"Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage."

"It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles."

"The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it."

"Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked."

"No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution."

"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things."

"One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived."

"The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him."

"If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared." and on the same vein "Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared. "

"A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise."
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