40 Golden Quotes by Italian Philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli

Collection of famous quotes by Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli.

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was an Italian Renaissance diplomat, philosopher and writer, best known for The Prince, written in 1513. He has often been called the father of modern political philosophy or political science. 

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Best Quotes by Niccolo Machiavelli

Check the collection of golden quotes by Niccolò Machiavelli. He was an Italian Renaissance diplomat, philosopher, best known for The Prince, written in 1513.

No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

God is not willing to do everything and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Never was anything great achieved without danger.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Where the willingness is great the difficulties cannot be great.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

War is just when it is necessary arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life the clearer we should see through it.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Men rise from one ambition to another: first they seek to secure themselves against attack and then they attack others.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Men should be either treated generously or destroyed because they take revenge for slight injuries – for heavy ones they cannot.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

It is not titles that honor men but men that honor titles.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed for if you merely offend them they take vengeance but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs they deserve condemnation for their mistakes.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

To understand the nature of the people one must be a prince and to understand the nature of the prince one must be of the people.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Nature that framed us of four elements warring within our breasts for regiment doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time which gives him leisure to contrive and furnishes as ability to execute military plans.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Politics have no relation to morals.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

There is no avoiding war it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time which gives him leisure to contrive and furnishes as ability to execute military plans.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

War is just when it is necessary arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

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