465 Niccolò Machiavelli and Baltasar Gracián Quotes: Thoughts related to power

Being helpless is a horrible feeling. Everyone would choose more power over less if they had the option. However, it is unacceptable to be so extreme in your attempts to gain control. You must be deceptive, democratic, and clever in order to get power.
This is a list of 465 inspiring and wise quotes attributed to Niccolò Machiavelli and Baltasar Gracián.
The list has no special order.
Certainly, one of them can transform you to inspire your search for more Power.

Some random quotes inside this book:

I burn but the burning makes no mark outside. -Niccolò Machiavelli
War brings out thieves and peace hangs them. -Niccolò Machiavelli
He who becomes a Prince through the favour of the people should always keep on good terms with them; which it is easy for him to do, since all they ask is not to be oppressed. -Niccolò Machiavelli
They make the greatest show of what they have done, who have done least. -Baltasar Gracian
There should be many judges, for few will always do the will of few. -Niccolò Machiavelli
Do not show your wounded finger for everything will knock up against it. -Baltasar Gracian
Surfeits of happiness are fatal. -Baltasar Gracian
The greatest remedy that is used against a plan of the enemy is to do voluntarily what he plans that you do by force. -Niccolò Machiavelli
Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies. -Baltasar Gracian
A man is judged by his friends, for the wise and the foolish have never agreed. -Baltasar Gracian
Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. -Niccolò Machiavelli
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared. -Niccolò Machiavelli
Mix a little mystery with everything, for mystery arouses veneration. -Baltasar Gracian
Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness. -Baltasar Gracian
When desire dies, fear is born. -Baltasar Gracian
It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver. -Niccolò Machiavelli
Wisdom consists of knowing how to distinguish the nature of trouble, and in choosing the lesser evil. -Niccolò Machiavelli
One should never allow chaos to develop in order to avoid going to war, because one does not avoid a war but instead puts it off to his disadvantage. -Niccolò Machiavelli
It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice. -Baltasar Gracian
If the course of human affairs be considered, it will be seen that many things arise against which heaven does not allow us to guard. -Niccolò Machiavelli
Men are always wicked at bottom unless they are made good by some compulsion. -Niccolò Machiavelli
Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed. -Baltasar Gracian
Censure is like the lightning which strikes the highest mountains. -Baltasar Gracian
How perilous it is to free a people who prefer slavery. -Niccolò Machiavelli
Fortunate people often have very favorable beginnings and very tragic endings. What matters isn’t being applauded when you arrive – for that is common – but being missed when you leave. -Baltasar Gracian
The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once and for all. -Niccolò Machiavelli
The reformer has enemies in all who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order. -Niccolò Machiavelli
There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt. -Niccolò Machiavelli
The greatest wisdom often consist in ignorance. -Baltasar Gracian