The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
Ability is nothing without opportunity.
Men take only their needs into consideration - never their abilities.
The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains.
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, is to be a god.
In order to govern, the question is not to follow out a more or less valid theory but to build with whatever materials are at hand. The inevitable must be accepted and turned to advantage.
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
What is history but a fable agreed upon?
Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.
All religions have been made by men.
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.
I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.
Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.
Ambition never is in a greater hurry than I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.