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Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (, also US: ; Italian: [nikkoˈlɔ mmakjaˈvɛlli]; 3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian diplomat, philosopher, politician, historian and writer who lived during the Renaissance. He is best known for The Prince (Il Principe), written about 1513. He has often been called the father of modern political philosophy and political science.

For many years he served as a senior official in the Florentine Republic with responsibilities in diplomatic and military affairs. He wrote comedies, carnival songs, and poetry. His personal correspondence is of high importance to historians and scholars. He worked as secretary to the Second Chancery of the Republic of Florence from 1498 to 1512, when the Medici were out of power.

Machiavelli's name came to evoke unscrupulous acts of the sort he advised most famously in The Prince. His experience showed him that politics have always been played with deception, treachery and crime. He also notably said that a ruler who is establishing a kingdom or a republic, and is criticized for his deeds, including violence, should be excused when the intention and the result is beneficial. Machiavelli’s Prince was much read as a manuscript long before it was published in 1532 and the reaction was mixed. Some considered it a straightforward description of the evil means used by bad rulers; others read in it evil recommendations to tyrants to help them maintain their power.

The term Machiavellian often connotes political deceit, deviousness, and realpolitik. Even though Machiavelli has become most famous for his work on principalities, scholars also give attention to the exhortations in his other works of political philosophy. While much less well known than The Prince, the Discourses on Livy (composed c. 1517) is often said to have paved the way of modern republicanism.

quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: It is better to act and repent, than not to act and regret. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: It is better to act and repent, than not to act and regret....

It is better to act and repent, than not to act and regret.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: And if, to be sure, sometimes you need to conceal a fact with words, do it in such a way that it does not become known, or if it does becom… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: And if, to be sure, sometimes you need to conceal a fact with words, do it in such a way that it doe...

And if, to be sure, sometimes you need to conceal a fact with words, do it in such a way that it does not become known, or if it does become known, that you have a ready and quick defense.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: For the mob is always impressed by appearances and by results, and the world is composed of the mob. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: For the mob is always impressed by appearances and by results, and the world is composed of the mob....

For the mob is always impressed by appearances and by results, and the world is composed of the mob.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: There is nothing so difficult or so dangerous as to undertake to change the order of things. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: There is nothing so difficult or so dangerous as to undertake to change the order of things....

There is nothing so difficult or so dangerous as to undertake to change the order of things.

--Niccolo Machiavelli

Longer Version:

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.


quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Men rise from one ambition to another. First, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Men rise from one ambition to another. First, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and the...

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

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Men may second fortune, but they cannot thwart her. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Men may second fortune, but they cannot thwart her....

Men may second fortune, but they cannot thwart her.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: For titles do not reflect honor on men, but rather men on their titles. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: For titles do not reflect honor on men, but rather men on their titles....

For titles do not reflect honor on men, but rather men on their titles.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one's own ignorance. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one's own ignorance....

A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one's own ignorance.

--Niccolo Machiavelli

quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: One should never permit a disorder to persist in order to avoid a war, for wars cannot be avoided and can only be deferred to the advantage… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: One should never permit a disorder to persist in order to avoid a war, for wars cannot be avoided an...

One should never permit a disorder to persist in order to avoid a war, for wars cannot be avoided and can only be deferred to the advantage of others.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws, must start with assuming that all men are bad and ever ready to display their vicious na… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws, must start with assuming that all men are bad and...

Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws, must start with assuming that all men are bad and ever ready to display their vicious nature, whenever they may find occasion for it.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Men are always wicked at bottom unless they are made good by some compulsion. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Men are always wicked at bottom unless they are made good by some compulsion....

Men are always wicked at bottom unless they are made good by some compulsion.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Whoever takes it upon himself to establish a commonwealth and prescribe laws must presuppose all men naturally bad, and that they will yiel… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Whoever takes it upon himself to establish a commonwealth and prescribe laws must presuppose all men...

Whoever takes it upon himself to establish a commonwealth and prescribe laws must presuppose all men naturally bad, and that they will yield to their innate evil passions as often as they can do so with safety.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: It is better to be adventurous than cautious, because fortune is a woman. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: It is better to be adventurous than cautious, because fortune is a woman....

It is better to be adventurous than cautious, because fortune is a woman.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Only those means of security are good, are certain, are lasting, that depend on yourself and your own vigor. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Only those means of security are good, are certain, are lasting, that depend on yourself and your ow...

Only those means of security are good, are certain, are lasting, that depend on yourself and your own vigor.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Benefits should be granted little by little, so that they may be better enjoyed. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Benefits should be granted little by little, so that they may be better enjoyed....

Benefits should be granted little by little, so that they may be better enjoyed.

--Niccolo Machiavelli


quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: For as laws are necessary that good manners be preserved, so there is need of good manners that law may be maintained. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: For as laws are necessary that good manners be preserved, so there is need of good manners that law ...

For as laws are necessary that good manners be preserved, so there is need of good manners that law may be maintained.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Always assume incompetence before looking for conspiracy. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Always assume incompetence before looking for conspiracy....

Always assume incompetence before looking for conspiracy.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: For without invention, no one was ever a great man in his own trade. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: For without invention, no one was ever a great man in his own trade....

For without invention, no one was ever a great man in his own trade.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Nothing feeds upon itself as liberality does. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Nothing feeds upon itself as liberality does....

Nothing feeds upon itself as liberality does.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are, and those few dare not oppose themselves to the opinion of the many, wh… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are, and those few dare not oppose th...

Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are, and those few dare not oppose themselves to the opinion of the many, who have the majesty of the state to defend them.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: It is often found that modesty and humility not only do no good, but are positively hurtful, when they are shown to the arrogant who have t… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: It is often found that modesty and humility not only do no good, but are positively hurtful, when th...

It is often found that modesty and humility not only do no good, but are positively hurtful, when they are shown to the arrogant who have taken up a prejudice against you, either from envy or from any other cause.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Among other causes of misfortune which your not being armed brings upon you, it makes you despised. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Among other causes of misfortune which your not being armed brings upon you, it makes you despised....

Among other causes of misfortune which your not being armed brings upon you, it makes you despised.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: For friendships that are acquired by a price and not by greatness and nobility of character are purchased but are not owned, and at the pro… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: For friendships that are acquired by a price and not by greatness and nobility of character are purc...

For friendships that are acquired by a price and not by greatness and nobility of character are purchased but are not owned, and at the proper moment they cannot be spent.

--Niccolo Machiavelli

quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the thing… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and...

For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: So in all human affairs one notices, if one examines them closely, that it is impossible to remove one inconvenience without another emergi… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: So in all human affairs one notices, if one examines them closely, that it is impossible to remove o...

So in all human affairs one notices, if one examines them closely, that it is impossible to remove one inconvenience without another emerging.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Whoever is the cause of another becoming powerful, is ruined himself. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Whoever is the cause of another becoming powerful, is ruined himself....

Whoever is the cause of another becoming powerful, is ruined himself.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: In respect to foresight and firmness, the people are more prudent, more stable, and have better judgement than princes. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: In respect to foresight and firmness, the people are more prudent, more stable, and have better judg...

In respect to foresight and firmness, the people are more prudent, more stable, and have better judgement than princes.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: It is a common failing of man not to take account of tempests during fair weather. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: It is a common failing of man not to take account of tempests during fair weather....

It is a common failing of man not to take account of tempests during fair weather.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar....

The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: I hope and hoping feeds my pain 
I weep and weeping feeds my failing heart
I laugh but the laughter does not pass within
I burn but the bur… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: I hope and hoping feeds my pain 
I weep and weeping feeds my failing heart
I laugh but the laughter ...

I hope and hoping feeds my pain
I weep and weeping feeds my failing heart
I laugh but the laughter does not pass within
I burn but the burning makes no mark outside.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: It is a base thing to look to others for your defense instead of depending upon yourself. That defense alone is effectual, sure, and durabl… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: It is a base thing to look to others for your defense instead of depending upon yourself. That defen...

It is a base thing to look to others for your defense instead of depending upon yourself. That defense alone is effectual, sure, and durable which depends upon yourself and your own valor.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: For it must be noted, that men must either be caressed or else annihilated; they will revenge themselves for small injuries, but cannot do … with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: For it must be noted, that men must either be caressed or else annihilated; they will revenge themse...

For it must be noted, that men must either be caressed or else annihilated; they will revenge themselves for small injuries, but cannot do so for great ones; the injury therefore that we do to a man must be such that we need not fear his vengeance.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Ability and perseverance are the weapons of weakness. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Ability and perseverance are the weapons of weakness....

Ability and perseverance are the weapons of weakness.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Everyone who wants to know what will happen ought to examine what has happened: everything in this world in any epoch has their replicas in… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Everyone who wants to know what will happen ought to examine what has happened: everything in this w...

Everyone who wants to know what will happen ought to examine what has happened: everything in this world in any epoch has their replicas in antiquity.

--Niccolo Machiavelli


quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Since the handling of arms is a beautiful spectacle, it is delightful to young men. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Since the handling of arms is a beautiful spectacle, it is delightful to young men....

Since the handling of arms is a beautiful spectacle, it is delightful to young men.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: It is better to be bold than too circumspect, because fortune is of a sex which likes not a tardy wooer and repulses all who are not ardent. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: It is better to be bold than too circumspect, because fortune is of a sex which likes not a tardy wo...

It is better to be bold than too circumspect, because fortune is of a sex which likes not a tardy wooer and repulses all who are not ardent.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Men are so simple of mind, and so much dominated by their immediate needs, that a deceitful man will always find plenty who are ready to be… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Men are so simple of mind, and so much dominated by their immediate needs, that a deceitful man will...

Men are so simple of mind, and so much dominated by their immediate needs, that a deceitful man will always find plenty who are ready to be deceived.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: A blast in the human breast is nothing to boast of. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: A blast in the human breast is nothing to boast of....

A blast in the human breast is nothing to boast of.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Men are of three different capacities: one understands intuitively; another understands so far as it is explained; and a third understands … with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Men are of three different capacities: one understands intuitively; another understands so far as it...

Men are of three different capacities: one understands intuitively; another understands so far as it is explained; and a third understands neither of himself nor by explanation. The first is excellent, the second, commendable, and the third, altogether useless.

--Niccolo Machiavelli

quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: The world has always been the same; and there is always as much good fortune as bad in it. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: The world has always been the same; and there is always as much good fortune as bad in it....

The world has always been the same; and there is always as much good fortune as bad in it.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: For as good habits of the people require good laws to support them, so laws, to be observed, need good habits on the part of the people. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: For as good habits of the people require good laws to support them, so laws, to be observed, need go...

For as good habits of the people require good laws to support them, so laws, to be observed, need good habits on the part of the people.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations....

Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Therefore it is unnecessary for a prince to have all the good qualities I have enumerated, but it is very necessary to appear to have them. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Therefore it is unnecessary for a prince to have all the good qualities I have enumerated, but it is...

Therefore it is unnecessary for a prince to have all the good qualities I have enumerated, but it is very necessary to appear to have them.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Sometimes it has been of great moment while the fight is going on, to disseminate words that pronounce the enemies' captain to be dead, or … with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Sometimes it has been of great moment while the fight is going on, to disseminate words that pronoun...

Sometimes it has been of great moment while the fight is going on, to disseminate words that pronounce the enemies' captain to be dead, or to have been conquered by another part of the army. Many times this has given victory to him who used it.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Every little advantage is of great moment when men have to come to blows. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Every little advantage is of great moment when men have to come to blows....

Every little advantage is of great moment when men have to come to blows.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: In our own days we have seen no princes accomplish great results save those who have been accounted miserly. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: In our own days we have seen no princes accomplish great results save those who have been accounted ...

In our own days we have seen no princes accomplish great results save those who have been accounted miserly.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: A battle that you win cancels any other bad action of yours. In the same way, by losing one, all the good things worked by you before becom… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: A battle that you win cancels any other bad action of yours. In the same way, by losing one, all the...

A battle that you win cancels any other bad action of yours. In the same way, by losing one, all the good things worked by you before become vain.

--Niccolo Machiavelli

quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: The answer is, of course, that it would be best to be both loved and feared. But since the two rarely come together, anyone compelled to ch… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: The answer is, of course, that it would be best to be both loved and feared. But since the two rarel...

The answer is, of course, that it would be best to be both loved and feared. But since the two rarely come together, anyone compelled to choose will find greater security in being feared than in being loved.

--Niccolo Machiavelli

quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: He who neglects what is done for what ought to be done, sooner effects his ruin than his preservation. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: He who neglects what is done for what ought to be done, sooner effects his ruin than his preservatio...

He who neglects what is done for what ought to be done, sooner effects his ruin than his preservation.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: The chief foundations of all states, new as well as old or composite, are good laws and good arms. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: The chief foundations of all states, new as well as old or composite, are good laws and good arms....

The chief foundations of all states, new as well as old or composite, are good laws and good arms.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: It is necessary that the prince should know how to color his nature well, and how to be a hypocrite and dissembler. For men are so simple, … with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: It is necessary that the prince should know how to color his nature well, and how to be a hypocrite ...

It is necessary that the prince should know how to color his nature well, and how to be a hypocrite and dissembler. For men are so simple, and yield so much to immediate necessity, that the deceiver will never lack dupes.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: One must consider the final result. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: One must consider the final result....

One must consider the final result.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: The ends justifies the means. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: The ends justifies the means....

The ends justifies the means.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Delusion gives you more happiness than truth gives to me. For injuries ought to be done all at one time, so that, being tasted less, they o… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Delusion gives you more happiness than truth gives to me. For injuries ought to be done all at one t...

Delusion gives you more happiness than truth gives to me. For injuries ought to be done all at one time, so that, being tasted less, they offend less; benefits ought to be given little by little, so that the flavour of them may last longer.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: He who makes war his profession cannot be otherwise than vicious. War makes thieves, and peace brings them to the gallows. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: He who makes war his profession cannot be otherwise than vicious. War makes thieves, and peace bring...

He who makes war his profession cannot be otherwise than vicious. War makes thieves, and peace brings them to the gallows.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Few men are brave by nature, but good discipline and experience make many so. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Few men are brave by nature, but good discipline and experience make many so....

Few men are brave by nature, but good discipline and experience make many so.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if they are to be observed, have need of goo… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if th...

Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if they are to be observed, have need of good morals.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: The Swiss are well armed and enjoy great freedom. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: The Swiss are well armed and enjoy great freedom....

The Swiss are well armed and enjoy great freedom.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: The innovator has for enemies all who have done well under the old, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: The innovator has for enemies all who have done well under the old, and lukewarm defenders in those ...

The innovator has for enemies all who have done well under the old, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: I desire to go to Hell and not to Heaven. In the former I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes, while in the latter are only… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: I desire to go to Hell and not to Heaven. In the former I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings an...

I desire to go to Hell and not to Heaven. In the former I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes, while in the latter are only beggars, monks and apostles.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: For a prince should have two fears: one, internal concerning his subjects; the other, external, concerning foreign powers. From the latter … with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: For a prince should have two fears: one, internal concerning his subjects; the other, external, conc...

For a prince should have two fears: one, internal concerning his subjects; the other, external, concerning foreign powers. From the latter he can always defend himself by his good troops and friends; and he will always have good friends if he has good troops.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: When settling disputes between his subjects, he should ensure that his judgement is irrevocable; and he should be so regarded that no one e… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: When settling disputes between his subjects, he should ensure that his judgement is irrevocable; and...

When settling disputes between his subjects, he should ensure that his judgement is irrevocable; and he should be so regarded that no one ever dreams of trying to deceive or trick him.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Republics have a longer life and enjoy better fortune than principalities, because they can profit by their greater internal diversity. The… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Republics have a longer life and enjoy better fortune than principalities, because they can profit b...

Republics have a longer life and enjoy better fortune than principalities, because they can profit by their greater internal diversity. They are the better able to meet emergencies.

--Niccolo Machiavelli


quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: So far as he is able, a prince should stick to the path of good but, if the necessity arises, he should know how to follow evil. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: So far as he is able, a prince should stick to the path of good but, if the necessity arises, he sho...

So far as he is able, a prince should stick to the path of good but, if the necessity arises, he should know how to follow evil.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: The sinews of war are not gold, but good soldiers. with background image:

The sinews of war are not gold, but good soldiers.

--Niccolo Machiavelli

Longer Version:

The sinews of war are not gold, but good soldiers; for gold alone will not procure good soldiers, but good soldiers will always procure gold.


quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Good order makes men bold, and confusion, cowards. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Good order makes men bold, and confusion, cowards....

Good order makes men bold, and confusion, cowards.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereaf...

He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: 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 rece… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: The nature of man is such that people consider themselves put under an obligation as much by the ben...

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.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: States that rise quickly, just as all the other things of nature that are born and grow rapidly, cannot have roots and ramifications; the f… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: States that rise quickly, just as all the other things of nature that are born and grow rapidly, can...

States that rise quickly, just as all the other things of nature that are born and grow rapidly, cannot have roots and ramifications; the first bad weather kills them.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: In order not to annul our free will, I judge it true that Fortune may be mistress of one half our actions but then even she leaves the othe… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: In order not to annul our free will, I judge it true that Fortune may be mistress of one half our ac...

In order not to annul our free will, I judge it true that Fortune may be mistress of one half our actions but then even she leaves the other half, or almost, under our control.

--Niccolo Machiavelli

quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: A prince who is not himself wise cannot be wisely advised... Good advice depends on the shrewdness of the prince who seeks it, and not the … with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: A prince who is not himself wise cannot be wisely advised... Good advice depends on the shrewdness o...

A prince who is not himself wise cannot be wisely advised... Good advice depends on the shrewdness of the prince who seeks it, and not the shrewdness of the prince on good advice.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: We work in the Dark, to serve the Light. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: We work in the Dark, to serve the Light....

We work in the Dark, to serve the Light.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: When fortune wishes to bring mighty events to a successful conclusion, she selects some man of spirit and ability who knows how to seize th… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: When fortune wishes to bring mighty events to a successful conclusion, she selects some man of spiri...

When fortune wishes to bring mighty events to a successful conclusion, she selects some man of spirit and ability who knows how to seize the opportunity she offers.

--Niccolo Machiavelli


quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: We have not seen great things done in our time except by those who have been considered mean; the rest have failed. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: We have not seen great things done in our time except by those who have been considered mean; the re...

We have not seen great things done in our time except by those who have been considered mean; the rest have failed.

--Niccolo Machiavelli

quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: He who would foresee what is to happen should look to what has happened: for all that is has its counterpart in time past. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: He who would foresee what is to happen should look to what has happened: for all that is has its cou...

He who would foresee what is to happen should look to what has happened: for all that is has its counterpart in time past.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: When every province of the world so teems with inhabitants that they can neither subsist where they are nor remove themselves elsewhere. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: When every province of the world so teems with inhabitants that they can neither subsist where they ...

When every province of the world so teems with inhabitants that they can neither subsist where they are nor remove themselves elsewhere.

--Niccolo Machiavelli

quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: A wise prince then...should never be idle in times of peace but should industriously lay up stores of which to avail himself in times of ad… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: A wise prince then...should never be idle in times of peace but should industriously lay up stores o...

A wise prince then...should never be idle in times of peace but should industriously lay up stores of which to avail himself in times of adversity so that when fortune abandons him he may be prepared to resist her blows.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: 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 noti… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Occasionally words must serve to veil the facts. But let this happen in such a way that no one becom...

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.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Thus it is well to seem merciful, faithful, humane, sincere, religious, and also to be so; but you must have the mind so disposed that when… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Thus it is well to seem merciful, faithful, humane, sincere, religious, and also to be so; but you m...

Thus it is well to seem merciful, faithful, humane, sincere, religious, and also to be so; but you must have the mind so disposed that when it is needful to be otherwise you may be able to change to the opposite qualities.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: Power is the pivot on which everything hinges. He who has the power is always right; the weaker is always wrong. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: Power is the pivot on which everything hinges. He who has the power is always right; the weaker is a...

Power is the pivot on which everything hinges. He who has the power is always right; the weaker is always wrong.

--Niccolo Machiavelli

quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: I hold strongly to this: that it is better to be impetuous than circumspect; because fortune is a woman and if she is to be submissive it i… with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: I hold strongly to this: that it is better to be impetuous than circumspect; because fortune is a wo...

I hold strongly to this: that it is better to be impetuous than circumspect; because fortune is a woman and if she is to be submissive it is necessary to beat and coerce her.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: For he who innovates will have for his enemies all those who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm supporters … with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: For he who innovates will have for his enemies all those who are well off under the existing order o...

For he who innovates will have for his enemies all those who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new.

--Niccolo Machiavelli
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: The reformer has enemies in all who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote: The reformer has enemies in all who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all thos...

The reformer has enemies in all who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order.

--Niccolo Machiavelli

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