Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes (129 quotes)
“It should be noted that when he seizes a state the new ruler ought to determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He should inflict them once and for all, and not have to renew them every day.”
The Prince (1513), Ch. VIII - Of Those Who Have Attained a Principality through Crimes
“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.”
Discourses on Livy (Italian: Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio), Book I, CHAPTER XVIII.: How in a corrupt state a free government may be maintained, assuming that one exists there already; and how it could be introduced, if none had previously existed
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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.
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