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.
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.
Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions
A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.
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.
Upon this, one has to remark that men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.
Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot.
The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes.
Men never do good unless necessity drives them to it; but when they are free to choose and can do just as they please, confusion and disorder become rampant.
It is not titles that make men illustrious, but men who make titles illustrious.