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Niccolò Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian political philosopher, historian, musician, poet, and romantic comedic playwright. Machiavelli was also a key figure in realist political theory, crucial to European statecraft during the Renaissance.

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“When evening comes, I return home and enter my study; on the threshold I take off my workday clothes, covered with mud and dirt, and put on the garments of court and palace. Fitted out appropriately, I step inside the venerable courts of the ancients, where, solicitously received by them, I nourish myself on that food that alone is mine and for which I was born; where I am unashamed to converse with them and to question them about the motives for their actions, and they, out of their human kindness, answer me. And for four hours at a time I feel no boredom, I forget all my troubles, I do not dread poverty, and I am not terrified by death. I absorb myself into them completely.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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Quote source: Letter to Francesco Vettori (10 December 1513), as translated by James Atkinson, in Prince Machiavelli (1976), p. 19

“Now, in order to execute a political commission well, it is necessary to know the character of the prince and those who sway his counsels; ... but it is above all things necessary to make himself esteemed, which he will do if he so regulates his actions and conversation that he shall be thought a man of honour, liberal, and sincere. The latter point is highly essential, though too much neglected, as I have seen more than one so lose themselves in the opinion of princes by their duplicity, that they have been unable to conduct a negotiation of the most trifling importance. It is undoubtedly necessary for the ambassador occasionally to mask his game; but it should be done so as not to awaken suspicion and he ought also to be prepared with an answer in case of discovery.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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Quote source: "Instructions given by Niccolo Machiavelli to Rafael Girolami, Ambassador to the Emperor," The History of Florence and of the Affairs of Italy: From the Earliest Times to the Death of Lorenzo the Magnificent; Together with The Prince, and Various Historical Tracts, H.G. Bohn, Editor, p.505–06 (1854). Translations of the passage formatted in bold are often presented out of context, as in Arthur Koestler's Darkness At Noon (1941): Occasionally words must serve to veil the facts. But let this happen in such a way that no one become aware of it; or, if it should be noticed, excuses must be at hand to be produced immediately.

“In judging policies we should consider the results that have been achieved through them rather than the means by which they have been executed.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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Quote source: From an undated letter to Piero Soderini (translated here by Dr. Arthur Livingston), in The Living Thoughts of Machiavelli, by Count Carlo Sforza, published by Cassell, London (1942), p. 85

“A cognoscer bene la natura de' popoli bisogna esser Principe, ed a cognoscer bene quella de' Principi conviene essere popolare.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. To understand the nature of the people it needs to be a prince, and to understand that of princes it needs to be of the people.
• Dedication

“Upon this, one has to remark that men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Ch. 3
 • Never do any enemy a small injury for they are like a snake which is half beaten and it will strike back the first chance it gets.

“Il tempo si caccia innanzi ogni cosa, e può condurre seco bene come male, male come bene.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Time drives everything before it, and is able to bring with it good as well as evil, and evil as well as good.
 • Ch. 3, as translated by M. K. Marriot (1908)

“The Romans never allowed a trouble spot to remain simply to avoid going to war over it, because they knew that wars don't just go away, they are only postponed to someone else's advantage. Therefore, they made war with Philip and Antiochus in Greece, in order not to have to fight them in Italy... They never went by that saying which you constantly hear from the wiseacres of our day, that time heals all things. They trusted rather their own character and prudence — knowing perfectly well that time contains the seeds of all things, good as well as bad.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Ch. 3, as translated by RM Adams
• Variants [these can seem to generalize the circumstances in ways that the translation above does not.]:
• The Romans, foreseeing troubles, dealt with them at once, and, even to avoid a war, would not let them come to a head, for they knew that war is not to be avoided, but is only put off to the advantage of others.
• There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.

“If someone puts up the argument that King Louis gave the Romagna to Pope Alexander, and the kingdom of Naples to Spain, in order to avoid a war, I would answer as I did before: that you should never let things get out of hand in order to avoid war. You don't avoid such a war, you merely postpone it, to your own disadvantage.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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Quote source: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Ch. 3, as translated by RM Adams

“...debbe un uomo prudente entrare sempre per vie battute da uomini grandi, e quelli che sono stati eccellentissimi, imitare...”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent.
• Ch. 6; translated by Luigi Ricci

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“Hence it comes that all armed prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed prophets have been destroyed.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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Quote source: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Ch. 6; translated by N. H. Thomson

“Chi crede che ne' personaggi grandi beneficii nuovi faccino dimenticare l'ingiurie vecchie, s'inganna.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. He who believes that new benefits will cause great personages to forget old injuries is deceived.
• Ch. 7; translated by W. K. Marriott

“Chi fonda in sul populo fonda in sul fango.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. He who builds on the people, builds on the mud.
• Ch. 9; translated by W. K. Marriott

“E però un principe savio deve pensare un modo per il quale i suoi cittadini sempre ed in ogni modo e qualità di tempo abbiano bisogno dello Stato di lui, e sempre poi gli saranno fedeli.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Therefore a wise prince ought to adopt such a course that his citizens will always in every sort and kind of circumstance have need of the state and of him, and then he will always find them faithful.
• Ch. 9; translated by W. K. Marriot

“La natura degli uomini è, così obligarsi per li beneficii che essi fanno, come per quelli che essi ricevono.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. It is the nature of men to be bound by the benefits they confer as much as by those they receive.
• Ch. 10; translated by W. K. Marriot

“The chief foundations of all states, new as well as old or composite, are good laws and good arms; and as there cannot be good laws where the state is not well armed, it follows that where they are well armed they have good laws.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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Quote source: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Ch. 12; translated by W. K. Marriot

“A prince ought to have no other aim or thought, nor select anything else for his study, than war and its rules and discipline; for this is the sole art that belongs to him who rules, and it is of such force that it not only upholds those who are born princes, but it often enables men to rise from a private station to that rank. And, on the contrary, it is seen that when princes have thought more of ease than of arms they have lost their states. And the first cause of your losing it is to neglect this art; and what enables you to acquire a state is to be master of the art.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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Quote source: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Ch. 14; translated by W. K. Marriot

“Among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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Quote source: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Ch. 14; translated by W. K. Marriot

“Because there is nothing proportionate between the armed and the unarmed; and it is not reasonable that he who is armed should yield obedience willingly to him who is unarmed, or that the unarmed man should be secure among armed servants. Because, there being in the one disdain and in the other suspicion, it is not possible for them to work well together.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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Quote source: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Ch. 14; translated by W. K. Marriot

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“Molti si sono immaginate Repubbliche e Principati, che non si sono mai visti nè cognosciuti essere in vero; perchè egli è tanto discosto da come si vive, a come si doveria vivere, che colui che lascia quello che si fa per quello che si doveria fare, impara piuttosto la rovina, che la preservazione sua.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Many have imagined republics and principalities which have never been seen or known to exist in reality; for how we live is so far removed from how we ought to live, that he who abandons what is done for what ought to be done, will rather bring about his own ruin than his preservation.
• Ch. 15; translated by W. K. Marriot

“Un uomo che voglia fare in tutte le parti professione di buono, conviene che rovini fra tanti che non sono buoni.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. A man who wishes to act entirely up to his professions of virtue soon meets with what destroys him among so much that is evil.
• Ch. 15; translated by W. K. Marriot

“È necessario ad un Principe, volendosi mantenere, imparare a potere essere non buono, ed usarlo e non usarlo secondo la necessità.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. It is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity.
• Ch. 15; translated by W. K. Marriot

“I say that every prince must desire to be considered merciful and not cruel. He must, however, take care not to misuse this mercifulness. … A prince, therefore, must not mind incurring the charge of cruelty for the purpose of keeping his subjects united and confident; for, with a very few examples, he will be more merciful than those who, from excess of tenderness, allow disorders to arise, from whence spring murders and rapine; for these as a rule injure the whole community, while the executions carried out by the prince injure only one individual. And of all princes, it is impossible for a new prince to escape the name of cruel, new states being always full of dangers. … Nevertheless, he must be cautious in believing and acting, and must not inspire fear of his own accord, and must proceed in a temperate manner with prudence and humanity, so that too much confidence does not render him incautious, and too much diffidence does not render him intolerant. From this arises the question whether it is better to be loved more than feared, or feared more than loved. The reply is, that one ought to be both feared and loved, but as it is difficult for the two to go together, it is much safer to be feared than loved, if one of the two has to be wanting. For it may be said of men in general that they are ungrateful, voluble, dissemblers, anxious to avoid danger, and covetous of gain ; as long as you benefit them, they are entirely yours; they offer you their blood, their goods, their life, and their children, as I have before said, when the necessity is remote; but when it approaches, they revolt. And the prince who has relied solely on their words, without making other preparations, is ruined, for the friendship which is gained by purchase and not through grandeur and nobility of spirit is merited but is not secured, and at times is not to be had. And men have less scruple in offending one who makes himself loved than one who makes himself feared; for love is held by a chain of obligation which, men being selfish, is broken whenever it serves their purpose; but fear is maintained by a dread of punishment which never fails.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Ch. 17, as translated by Luigi Ricci (1903)
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From this arises the question whether it is better to be loved rather than feared, or feared rather than loved. It might perhaps be answered that we should wish to be both: but since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.
• He ought to be slow to believe and to act, nor should he himself show fear, but proceed in a temperate manner with prudence and humanity, so that too much confidence may not make him incautious and too much distrust render him intolerable.
• The prince who relies upon their words, without having otherwise provided for his security, is ruined; for friendships that are won by awards, and not by greatness and nobility of soul, although deserved, yet are not real, and cannot be depended upon in time of adversity.

“Still, a prince should make himself feared in such a way that if he does not gain love, he at any rate avoids hatred; for fear and the absence of hatred may well go together, and will be always attained by one who abstains from interfering with the property of his citizens and subjects or with their women. And when he is obliged to take the life of any one, to do so when there is a proper justification and manifest reason for it; but above all he must abstain from taking the property of others, for men forget more easily the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony. Then also pretexts for seizing property are never wanting, and one who begins to live by rapine will always find some reason for taking the goods of others, whereas causes for taking life are rarer and more quickly destroyed.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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Quote source: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Ch. 17; translated by Luigi Ricci

“How laudable it is for a prince to keep good faith and live with integrity, and not with astuteness, every one knows. Still the experience of our times shows those princes to have done great things who have had little regard for good faith, and have been able by astuteness to confuse men's brains, and who have ultimately overcome those who have made loyalty their foundation. You must know, then, that there are two methods of fighting, the one by law, the other by force: the first method is that of men, the second of beasts; but as the first method is often insufficient, one must have recourse to the second. It is therefore necessary to know well how to use both the beast and the man. This was covertly taught to princes by ancient writers, who relate how Achilles and many others of those princes were given to Chiron the centaur to be brought up, who kept them under his discipline; this system of having for teacher one who was half beast and half man is meant to indicate that a prince must know how to use both natures, and that the one without the other is not durable. A prince being thus obliged to know well how to act as a beast must imitate the fox and the lion, for the lion cannot protect himself from snares, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognise snares, and a lion to frighten wolves. Those that wish to be only lions do not understand this. Therefore, a prudent ruler ought not to keep faith when by so doing it would be against his interest, and when the reasons which made him bind himself no longer exist. If men were all good, this precept would not be a good one; but as they are bad, and would not observe their faith with you, so you are not bound to keep faith with them. ...those that have been best able to imitate the fox have succeeded best. But it is necessary to be able to disguise this character well, and to be a great feigner and dissembler.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Ch. 18; translated by Luigi Ricci
• Variant translations of portions of this passage:
• Every one admits how praiseworthy it is in a prince to keep faith, and to live with integrity and not with craft. Nevertheless our experience has been that those princes who have done great things have held good faith of little account, and have known how to circumvent the intellect of men by craft, and in the end have overcome those who have relied on their word.
 • Ch. 18. Concerning the Way in which Princes should keep Faith, as translated by W. K. Marriott
• A prince being thus obliged to know well how to act as a beast must imitate the fox and the lion, for the lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.
• You must know there are two ways of contesting, the one by the law, the other by force; the first method is proper to men, the second to beasts; but because the first is frequently not sufficient, it is necessary to have recourse to the second.

“Sono tanto semplici gli uomini, e tanto ubbidiscono alle necessità presenti, che colui che inganna, troverà sempre chi si lascerà ingannare.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Men are so simple, and so subject to present necessities, that he who seeks to deceive will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived.
• Ch. 18; translated by W. K. Marriot

“A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise... But it is necessary to know how to disguise this nature well and to be a great hypocrite and a liar.”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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Quote source: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. Ch. 18; translated by ‎Peter Bondanella

“ognuno vede quello che tu pari, pochi sentono quello che tu se; e quelli pochi non ardiseano opporsi alla opinione di molti che abbino la maestà dello stato ch li difenda:...”

— Niccolò Machiavelli

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More on this quote: The Prince (1513):
Original Italian title: Il Principe. Full text. 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.
• Ch. 18; translated by W. K. Marriot

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Bruce Lee Charlie Chaplin George Carlin Groucho Marx John Wayne Johnny Depp Robin Williams Ronald Reagan Will Smith

Actresses

Angelina Jolie Audrey Hepburn Mae West Marilyn Monroe

Artists

Bob Ross E. E. Cummings Frida Kahlo Kahlil Gibran Leonardo da Vinci Picasso Salvador Dali Vincent van Gogh Walt Disney

Athletes

Arnold Schwarzenegger Bruce Lee Conor McGregor John Wooden Michael Jordan Mike Tyson Muhammad Ali Vince Lombardi Yogi Berra

Authors

Alan Watts Albert Camus Anne Frank Ayn Rand Barack Obama Benjamin Franklin Bill Gates C. S. Lewis Carl Jung Carl Sagan Charles Bukowski Che Guevara Donald Trump Dr. Seuss E. E. Cummings Eckhart Tolle Edgar Allan Poe Emily Dickinson Ernest Hemingway F. Scott Fitzgerald Friedrich Nietzsche George Bernard Shaw George Carlin George Orwell Goethe Groucho Marx Haruki Murakami Helen Keller Henry David Thoreau Hunter S. Thompson Isaac Newton J. K. Rowling J. R. R. Tolkien Jane Austen John Green John Muir Jordan Peterson Kahlil Gibran Karl Marx Kurt Vonnegut Lao Tzu Machiavelli Mark Twain Maya Angelou Neil deGrasse Tyson Oscar Wilde Rabindranath Tagore Ralph Waldo Emerson Roald Dahl Robert Frost Rumi Shakespeare Stephen Hawking Sylvia Plath Theodore Roosevelt Thich Nhat Hanh Tony Robbins Voltaire Walt Whitman Winston Churchill Zig Ziglar

Businesspeople

Al Capone Bill Gates Coco Chanel Donald Trump Elon Musk Henry Ford Kanye West Michael Jordan Oprah Winfrey Richard Branson Steve Jobs Thomas Edison Walt Disney Warren Buffett

Coaches

John Wooden Tony Robbins Vince Lombardi Yogi Berra Zig Ziglar

Comedians

Charlie Chaplin George Carlin Groucho Marx Mae West Mitch Hedberg Robin Williams Will Smith

Explorers

Christopher Columbus Marco Polo Theodore Roosevelt

Fictional Characters

Albus Dumbledore The Joker Peter Pan Rocky Balboa Yoda

Inventors

Benjamin Franklin Elon Musk Leonardo da Vinci Nikola Tesla Thomas Edison

Military Leaders

Abraham Lincoln Adolf Hitler Alexander the Great Che Guevara Genghis Khan George Washington Julius Caesar Napoleon Sun Tzu Theodore Roosevelt Winston Churchill

Musicians & Singers

Beyoncé Bob Dylan Bob Marley Drake Ed Sheeran Eminem J. Cole Jimi Hendrix John Lennon Justin Bieber Kanye West Kendrick Lamar Kurt Cobain Lana Del Rey Lil Wayne Michael Jackson Taylor Swift Tupac Will Smith Wiz Khalifa

Philosophers

Alan Watts Albert Camus Aristotle Ayn Rand Confucius Dalai Lama Friedrich Nietzsche Henry David Thoreau Karl Marx Lao Tzu Machiavelli Marcus Aurelius Noam Chomsky Plato Ralph Waldo Emerson Socrates Thomas Jefferson Voltaire

Poets

Charles Bukowski E. E. Cummings Edgar Allan Poe Emily Dickinson Friedrich Nietzsche Henry David Thoreau J. R. R. Tolkien Kahlil Gibran Rabindranath Tagore Ralph Waldo Emerson Robert Frost Rumi Shakespeare Walt Whitman

Politicians

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Abraham Lincoln Adolf Hitler Alexander the Great Arnold Schwarzenegger Barack Obama Ben Carson Benjamin Franklin Confucius Donald Trump Eleanor Roosevelt George Washington Hillary Clinton Isaac Newton John F. Kennedy Julius Caesar Machiavelli Marcus Aurelius Michelle Obama Napoleon Nelson Mandela Ronald Reagan Theodore Roosevelt Thomas Jefferson Winston Churchill

Polymaths

Benjamin Franklin Goethe Leonardo da Vinci Rabindranath Tagore Thomas Jefferson

Religious & Spiritual

Buddha Dalai Lama Gandhi Jesus Martin Luther King Mother Teresa Muhammad Osho Pope Francis Swami Vivekananda Thich Nhat Hanh

Scientists

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Albert Einstein Aristotle Isaac Newton Leonardo da Vinci Marie Curie Neil deGrasse Tyson Nikola Tesla Stephen Hawking Thomas Edison