Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes (129 quotes)
“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.”
The Prince (1513)
“Men never do good unless necessity drives them to it; but when they are free to choose and can do just as they please, confusion and disorder become rampant.”
Book 1, Ch. 3 (as translated by L.J. Walker & B. Crick) - Discourses on Livy (1517)
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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.