According to the story, Machiavelli might have actually been aiming this quote at the reining Medici family of his day. However, since the 16th century when it was made, it has struck a chord of relevance all the way into the 21st.
It’s a long way up the food chain of business, and being at the top is often about proving yourself at the very bottom.
This is a bit of a cynical quote from the first President of the USA, but Good ol’ G.W. was certainly insightful. Everyone has a price, and few, strong-willed men are able to stand against it. This is a quote of two tales.
Napoleon may have said this about world domination, but take this in reference to the simple things; walks on the beach with your soul mate, days at the park with your son, time with friends and family. If you have plans, your enemy is time itself.