1. 10

    When people are too comfortable, it is not possible to restrain them within the bounds of their duty? They may be compared to mules who, being accustomed to burdens, are spoilt by rest rather than labour.

  2. 9

    Bakers of bread rolls and pastry cooks will not buy grain before eleven o'clock in winter and noon in summer.

  3. 8

    To mislead a rival, deception is permissable; one may use all means against his enemies.

  4. 7

    To know how to dissemble is the knowledge of kings. [Fr., Savoir dissimuler est le savoir des rois.]

  5. 6

    Deception is the knowledge of kings.

  6. 5

    Give me six lines written by the most honorable person alive, and I shall find enough in them to condemn them to the gallows.

  7. 4

    If God forbade drinking, would He have made wine so good?

  8. 3

    A single word has sometimes lost or won an empire.

  9. 2

    Friendship is the medicine for all misfortune; but ingratitude dries up the fountain of all goodness.

  10. 1

    Harshness towards individuals who flout the laws and commands of the state is for the public good; no greater crime against the public interest is possible than to show leniency to those who violate it.

  11. Last Update: 24 May 2022

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