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

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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.

It's better to be impulsive than cautious; fortune is female and if you want to stay on top of her you have to slap and thrust. You'll see she's more likely to yield that way than to men who go about her coldly. And being a woman she likes her men young, because they're not so cagey, they're wilder and more daring when they master her.

Men are so simple, and governed so absolutely by their present needs, that he who wishes to deceive will never fail in finding willing dupes.

My view is that it is desirable to be both loved and feared; but it is difficult to achieve both and, if one of them has to be lacking, it is much safer to be feared than loved.

Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.

Returning to the question of being feared or loved, I conclude that since men love at their own will and fear at the will of the prince, a wise prince must build a foundation on what is his own, and not on what belongs to others.

The best forts is based on people's love for their leader if you possess strong forts they will not protect you from people hate you, it Sachehr gun in your face and will not be in need of foreign help him.

The nature of man is such that people consider themselves put under an obligation as much by the benefits they confer as by those they receive.

If the ruler... does not recognize evils until the above it is not really wise. '

It is enough to ask somebody for his weapons without saying 'I want to kill you with them', because when you have his weapons in hand, you can satisfy your desire.

Just as artists who draw landscapes get down in the valley to study the mountains and go up to the mountains to look down on the valley, so one has to be a prince to get to know the character of a people and a man of the people to know the character of a prince.

Men are so simple-minded and obedient to the immediate needs that one who deceives will always find those who are fooled.

Nature creates few men brave, industry and training makes many.

One can make this generalization about men: they are ungrateful, fickle, liars and deceivers, they shun danger and are greedy for profit; while you treat them well, they are yours. They would shed their blood for you, risk their property, their lives, their children, so long, as I said above, as danger is remote; but when you are in danger they turn against you.

Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed ought drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.

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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