quote by Niccolo Machiavelli

I desire to go to Hell and not to Heaven. In the former I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes, while in the latter are only beggars, monks and apostles

— Niccolo Machiavelli

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There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

I'm just the mere shadow of my former selfishness. I crave the silhouette of your kiss.

You learn something out of everything, and you come to realize more than ever that we're all here for a certain space of time, and, and then it's going to be over, and you better make this count.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

The night before my amputation, my former basketball coach brought me a magazine with an article on an amputee who ran in the New York Marathon. It was then I decided to meet this new challenge head on and not only overcome my disability, but conquer it in such a way that I could never look back and say it disabled me.

I can see both trends among the youths: people who are ready for a constructive, critical and active presence, and others who are ready to become invisible Muslims and to compromise to be accepted. I put my hope in the former and pray for the latter.

The basis of any independent government is a national language, and we can no longer continue aping our former colonizers ... those who feel they cannot do without English can as well pack up and go.

An electrician isn't an opinion former, but a graphic designer is.

My argument is that all graphic designers hold high levels of responsibility in society. We take invisible ideas and make them tangible. That's our job.

Breathe, believe, and battle.' My former coach, Troy Tanner, told us that before each match. Breathe-be in the moment. Believe-have faith that you can rise above it. Battle-you gotta be prepared to go for as long as it takes.

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men.

True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.

There is no such thing as a former KGB man.

We who were formerly no people at all, and who knew of no peace, are now called to be...a church...of peace. True Christians do not know vengeance. They are the children of peace. Their hearts overflow with peace. Their mouths speak peace, and they walk in the way of peace.

Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.

Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.

There's a big, wonderful world out there for you.

It belongs to you. It's exciting and stimulating and rewarding. Don't cheat yourselves out of this promise.

Time is a vindictive bandit to steal the beauty of our former selves.

We are left with sagging, rippled flesh and burning gums with empty sockets.

I would have loved to have met some former spies, but they don't readily advertise themselves unless they're not living in Moscow, and even then. I'm sure I've met some without realizing it.

The difference between burlesque and the newspapers is that the former never pretended to be performing a public service by exposure.

My diminished girth, in tailor phraseology, was hardly conceivable even by my own friends, or my respected medical adviser, until I put on my former clothing, over what I now wear, which is a thoroughly convincing proof of the remarkable change.

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

There was reference made to a book written in Greek by a former Rabbi who had been converted to Christianity. There was reference to a publication of a high clergyman of Milan. Not even did Jews raise objections to that book.

I am a former Kleagie of the Klu Klux Klan in Raleigh County and adjoining counties of the state, having been appainted to this office [by] Mr. J. L. Baskin of Arlington, Virginia, in 1942... It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state in the union.

Some of us are more concerned with our reputation than our character.

The latter takes care of the former.

The orbit of human vision has widened and art has annexed fresh territories that were formerly denied to it.

I didn't say 'former president,' I said 'president,' and I have the constitutional rights according to the constitution, including immunity from prosecution.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.

The difference between a great soul and an ordinary man is this: the latter weeps while leaving this body, whereas the former laughs. Death seems to him a mere play.

So as far as Serbia is concerned, it does not have the right to influence the privatization or to claim any property, because Kosovo is a former member of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

As both a former governor and a Naval officer I can tell you energy security remains among biofuels' most important benefits.

How rich are we that we can look on these worlds with the perspective of modern science ... that we do not have to wonder as did former men whether stars are jewels hanging from celestial drapery or peepholes in the astral skin of creation!

Corruption is worse than prostitution.

The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.

Innocence can be redefined and called stupidity.

Honesty can be called gullibility. Candor becomes lack of common sense. Interest in your work can be called cowardice. Generosity can be called soft-headedness, and observe : the former is disturbing

He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatest of the soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported without the latter.

These left-overs from the former Young Turk Party, who should have been made to account for the millions of our Christian subjects who were ruthlessly driven en masse, from their homes and massacred, have been restive under the Republican rule.

As a former professional patient advocate, I believe prescription drugs are an essential part of high-quality medical treatment, and I supported enactment of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act.