Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
Nothing is of greater importance in time of war than in knowing how to make the best use of a fair opportunity when it is offered.
It is not titles that make men illustrious, but men who make titles illustrious.
Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.
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.
War makes thieves, and peace hangs them.
There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.