Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli

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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The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once and for all.

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

There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.

The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous.

One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.

It is better to be feared than loved if you cannot be both.

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.

It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.

There is no avoiding war, it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.

The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not.

He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.

Before all else be armed.

Nature that framed us of four elements warring within our breasts for regiment doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.

To understand the nature of the people one must be a prince and to understand the nature of the prince one must be of the people.

Men rise from one ambition to another: first they seek to secure themselves against attack and then they attack others.

We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.

It is not titles that honor men but men that honor titles.

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