The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.
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.
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny.
The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.