(1469-1527)    (1469-1527) [Click on each photo to display description]     


"So in all human affairs one notices, if one examines them closely, that it is impossible to remove one inconvenience without another emerging."

"For it is the man who uses violence to spoil things that is blameworthy, not the man who uses violence to mend them."

"Men resemble certain little birds of prey in whom so strong is the desire to catch the prey which nature incites them to pursue, that they do not notice another greater bird of prey which hovers over them ready to pounce and kill."

"It is easy for force to acquire a title, but not for a title to acquire force."

"It does not help to have won victories in the past, for the present disaster cancels them all out."

"In corrupt republics, especially in untroubled times, men of first-class ability are ousted by the envy and ambitious scheming of others."

"The reason why men are sometimes unfortunate, sometimes fortunate, depends upon whether their behavior is in conformity with the times."

"In human affairs there is, in addition to others, this difficulty: When one wants to bring things up to perfection, one always finds that, bound up with what is good, there is some evil... and it would seem impossible to have one without the other."

"It is not shameful to fail to keep a promise which you have been forced to make."

"He who reads the Bible with discernment will see that, in order that Moses might set about making laws and institutions, he had to kill a very great number of men who, out of envy and nothing else, were opposed to his plans."