Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise.
A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.