Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes (129 quotes)
“Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.”
The Prince (1513), Ch. VIII
The historical, political, and diplomatic writings of Niccolo Machiavelli, translated by C.E. Detmold, 1882, p. 382
“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.”
Discourse upon the First Ten Books of Livy
quoted in O Magazine, November 2003
“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.”
The Prince (1513)
“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.”
The Discourses (2013 edition), Penguin UK - ISBN: 9780141913186
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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.