Authors - Niccolo Machiavelli

Brief Biography

Niccolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (3 May 1469 - 21 June 1527) was an Italian historian, diplomat, philosopher, humanist and writer based in Florence during the Renaissance. A founder of modern political science, he was a diplomat, political philosopher, playwright, and a civil servant of the Florentine Republic. He also wrote comedies, carnival songs, and poetry. His personal correspondence is renowned in the Italian language. He was Secretary to the Second Chancery of the Republic of Florence from 1498 to 1512, when the Medici were out of power. He wrote his masterpiece, The Prince after the Medici had recovered power and he no longer held a position of responsibility in Florence, and is respectively interpreted by many as a satire of these powers. - Wikipedia

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Quote 568by Anonymous on 05/01/2011

For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances as though they were realities. and are often more influenced by things that seem than by those that are.
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    Quote 934by Anonymous on 09/01/2011

    Government consists in nothing else but so controlling subjects that they shall neither be able to, nor have cause to do it harm.
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      Quote 974by Anonymous on 09/01/2011

      Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
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        Quote 1223by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

        There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first is excellent, the second good, and the third useless.
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          Quote 1385by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

          Men rise from one ambition to another. First they seek to secure themselves from attack, and then they attack others.
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            Quote 2706by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

            It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new one.
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              Quote 3638by Anonymous on 08/02/2011

              Occasionally words must serve to veil the facts. But this must happen in such a way that no one becomes aware of it; or, if it should be noticed, excuses must be at hand, to be produced immediately.
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                Quote 3647by Anonymous on 08/02/2011

                War should be the only study of a prince.
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                  Quote 3848by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                  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.
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                    Quote 4441by Anonymous on 21/02/2011

                    Rome remained free for four hundred years and Sparta eight hundred, although their citizens were armed all that time; but many other states that have been disarmed have lost their liberties in less than forty years.
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                      Quote 4452by Anonymous on 21/02/2011

                      Rhis is to be asserted in general of men: that they are ungrateful, fickle, false, cowardly, covetous, and as long as you succeed, are yours entirely; they will offer you their blood, property, life, and children...when the need is far distant; but when it approaches, they will turn against you.
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                        Quote 5364by Anonymous on 23/06/2011

                        If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
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                          Quote 5685by Anonymous on 18/08/2011

                          A prince should therefore have no other aim or thought, nor take up any other thing for his study but war and it organization and discipline, for that is the only art that is necessary to one who commands.
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                            Quote 6058by Anonymous on 12/09/2011

                            There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless.
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                              Quote 6190by Anonymous on 16/09/2011

                              When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the marjority of men live content.
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                                Quote 6343by Anonymous on 18/09/2011

                                War cannot be avoided; it can only be postponed to the other's advantage.
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                                  Quote 6351by Anonymous on 18/09/2011

                                  Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.
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                                    Quote 7016by Anonymous on 16/10/2011

                                    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.
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                                      Quote 8857by Anonymous on 01/06/2012

                                      Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.
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                                        Quote 9632by Anonymous on 10/08/2012

                                        There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
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                                          Quote 11151by Anonymous on 27/11/2012

                                          Politics have no relation to morals.
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                                            Quote 11743by Anonymous on 19/01/2013

                                            Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
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                                              Quote 11754by Anonymous on 21/01/2013

                                              Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.
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                                                Quote 12213by Anonymous on 18/03/2013

                                                No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.
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                                                  Quote 12621by Anonymous on 04/05/2013

                                                  He who has not first laid his foundations may be able with great ability to lay them afterwards, but they will be laid with trouble to the architect and danger to the building.
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                                                    Quote 13173by Anonymous on 26/06/2013

                                                    There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when everyone can tell you the truth, you lose their respect.
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                                                      Quote 13573by Anonymous on 04/08/2013

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