Niccolò Machiavelli, formally Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli

Niccolò
Machiavelli, formally Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli
1469
1527

Italian Florentine Statesman, Political Philosopher, Historian, Humanist and Writer

Author Quotes

Men will not look at things as they really are, but as they wish them to be--and are ruined.

Nothing is of greater importance in time of war than in knowing how to make the best use of a fair opportunity when it is offered.

Prince also takes advantage of great benefit when it works great and prominent in the internal management ... It is the religious aspect should Prince Find a suitable way to reward and punishment ... and when the two come to the work of the individual feat whether it is good or evil. Prince Ali and also to seek in every business that earns fame greatness and excellence.

That men thinking to better their condition, are always ready to change masters, and in this expectation will take up arms against any ruler; wherein they deceive themselves, and find afterwards by experience that they are worse off than before.

The memory of their former freedom will not let them rest; so that the safest course is either to destroy them, or to go and live in them.

If the chief party, whether it be the people, or the army, or the nobility, which you think most useful and of most consequence to you for the conservation of your dignity, be corrupt, you must follow their humor and indulge them, and in that case honesty and virtue are pernicious.

It is better to do and repent, and do not repent.

It should be noted that when he seizes a state the new ruler ought to determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He should inflict them once and for all, and not have to renew them every day.

Men are so self-complacent in their own affairs, and so willing to deceive themselves, that they are rescued with difficulty from this pest. If they wish to defend themselves they run the risk of becoming contemptible.

Minds are of three kinds: one is capable of thinking for itself; another is able to understand the thinking of others; and a third can neither think for itself nor understand the thinking of others. The first is of the highest excellence, the second is excellent, and the third is worthless.

Nothing leads to respect for Prince strongly only works great, and is a regular business in general

Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.

That prince is highly esteemed who conveys this impression of himself, and he who is highly esteemed is not easily conspired against; for, provided it is well known that he is an excellent man and revered by his people, he can only be attacked with difficulty.

The men al offend before they love what they fear all.

If the course of human affairs be considered, it will be seen that many things arise against which heaven does not allow us to guard.

It is calculated that the charity talk erase the impact of the above abuse of the hearts of the great .. it has made ??a mistake

It was the verdict of ancient writers that men afflict themselves in evil and weary themselves in the good, and that the same effects result from both of these passions. For whenever men are not obliged to fight from necessity, they fight from ambition; which is so powerful in human breasts, that it never leaves them no matter to what rank they rise. The reason is that nature has so created men that they are able to desire everything but are not able to attain everything: so that the desire being always greater than the acquisition, there results discontent with the possession and little satisfaction to themselves from it. From this arises the changes in their fortunes; for as men desire, some to have more, some in fear of losing their acquisition, there ensues enmity and war, from which results the ruin of that province and the elevation of another.

Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.

Moreover, a Republic trusting to her own forces is with greater difficulty than one which relies on foreign arms brought to yield obedience to a single citizen. Rome and Sparta remained for ages armed and free. The Swiss are at once the best armed and the freest people in the world.

Occasionally words must serve to veil the facts. But let this happen in such a way that no one become aware of it; or, if it should be noticed, excuses must be at hand to be produced immediately.

Princes should devolve on others those matters that entail responsibility, and reserve to themselves those that relate to grace and favor.

The best fortress which a prince can possess is the affection of his people.

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

If the errors must be well situated to be at once so as to be less influential than the projections keep multiple effects. The advantages should be given to nationals dose does even enjoy them and feel their usefulness.

It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

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First Name
Niccolò
Last Name
Machiavelli, formally Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli
Birth Date
1469
Death Date
1527
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Italian Florentine Statesman, Political Philosopher, Historian, Humanist and Writer