Niccolò Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian Renaissance historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer. He has often been called the founder of modern political science. He also wrote comedies, carnival songs, and poetry.
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There is nothing more difficult to take in hand more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
The main foundations of every state new states as well as ancient or composite ones are good laws and good arms you cannot have good laws without good arms and where there are good arms good laws inevitably follow.
It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope.
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.
Men should be either treated generously or destroyed because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot.
God is not willing to do everything and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.
One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.