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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It is in reference to Pope Julius that Machiavelli moralizes on the resemblance between Fortune and women, and concludes that it is the bold rather than the cautious man that will win and hold them both.

Let no one oppose this belief of mine with that well-worn proverb: 'He who builds on the people builds on mud.

Men hesitate less to injure a man who makes himself loved than to injure one who makes himself feared, for their love is held by a chain of obligation which, because of men's wickedness, is broken on every occasion for the sake of selfish profit; but their fear is secured by a dread of punishment.

Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.

One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.

Should the prince who is afraid of his people more than they fear foreigners to pay tribute to castles, but the fear of foreigners more than they feared the people to work without them, the good is what all the forts based on people's love for the Prince.

The demands of a free populace, too, are very seldom harmful to liberty, for they are due either to the populace being oppressed or to the suspicious that it is going to be oppressed... and, should these impressions be false, a remedy is provided in the public platform on which some man of standing can get up, appeal to the crowd, and show that it is mistaken. And though, as Tully remarks, the populace may be ignorant, it is capable of grasping the truth and readily yields when a man, worthy of confidence, lays the truth before it.

The prince must be a lion, but he must also know how to play the fox.

In conclusion, the arms of others either fall from your back, or they weigh you down, or they bind you fast.

It is necessary for a prince to know how to use animal nimbly, of all he must choose the fox and the lion, for the lion cannot defend himself from traps, and the fox is defenseless against wolves; is therefore necessary to know to be fox traps and lion to frighten wolves. Those who simply adopt the lion do not understand the subject

Licensed former army and created a new one; let old friends and made ??other; and so, surrounded by soldiers and addicted friends, could build on such foundations as building wanted; and what he had worked so hard to acquire, retain cost him little.

Men intrinsically do not trust new things that they have not experienced themselves.

Never do any enemy a small injury for they are like a snake which is half beaten and it will strike back the first chance it gets.

One never finds anything perfectly pure and... exempt from danger.

Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.

The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love.

The prince must consider, as has been in part said before, how to avoid those things which will make him hated or contemptible; and as often as he shall have succeeded he will have fulfilled his part, and he need not fear any danger in other reproaches.

In general, men judge more by the eyes than by intelligence, as everyone can see, but few understand what they see.

It is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity.

Machiavelli fought for unity, not morality.

Men must either be caressed or else destroyed.

Nevertheless, he must be cautious in believing and acting, and must not inspire fear of his own accord, and must proceed in a temperate manner with prudence and humanity, so that too much confidence does not render him incautious, and too much diffidence does not render him intolerant. From this arises the question whether it is better to be loved more than feared, or feared more than loved.

One of the best and most efficacious methods for dealing with such a State is for the Prince who acquires it to go and dwell there in person, since this will tend to make his tenure more secure and lasting.

Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved

The end of the republic is to enervate and to weaken all other bodies so as to increase its own body.

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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