Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes (129 quotes)
“When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred.”
The Prince (1513), Ch. XX
“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.”
The Prince (1513), Ch. XXV
Book III, Chapter 2 - The History of Florence (1521 - 1525)
“The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.”
As quoted in: Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources, Rev. James Wood, F. Warne and Company, 1899, p. 449
“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 kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.”
The Prince (1513), Ch. XXII - "Of the Advisers of Princes"
“God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.”
The Prince (1513)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsNiccolo Machiavelli
Born: May 3, 1469
Died: June 21, 1527 (aged 58)
Bio: Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli 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.