Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes


71 Niccolo Machiavelli quotes:



"Ability and perseverance are the weapons of weakness."
"He who has not first laid his foundations may be able with great ability to lay them afterwards, but they will be laid with trouble to the architect and danger to the building."
"No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution."
"Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others."
"Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear."
"There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, that to institute a new order of things"
Author: Machiavelli Quotes Category: Doubt Quotes
"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"
Author: Machiavelli Quotes Category: Evil Quotes
"Never was anything great achieved without danger"
Author: Machiavelli Quotes Category: Danger Quotes
"A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests."
"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 chief foundations of all states... are good laws and good arms. And as there cannot be good laws where there are not good arms... where there are good arms there must be good laws..."
"Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration"
"For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearance, as though they were realities and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are"
"In truth, there never was any remarkable lawgiver amongst any people who did not resort to divine authority, as otherwise his laws would not have been accepted by the people; for there are many good laws, the importance of which is known to be the sa"
"As the observance of divine institutions is the cause of the greatness of republics, so the disregard of them produces their ruin; for where the fear of God is wanting, there the country will come to ruin, unless it be sustained the fear of the princ"
"There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless."
"A wise man will see to it that his acts always seem voluntary and not done by compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity."
Author: Machiavelli Quotes Category: Wisdom Quotes
"Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if they are to be observed, have need of good morals"
"There is no other way for securing yourself against flatteries except that men understand that they do not offend you by telling you the truth; but when everybody can tell you the truth, you fail to get respect"
Author: Machiavelli Quotes Category: Men Quotes
"I shall always esteem it not much to live in a city where the laws do less than men, because that fatherland is desirable where possessions and friends can be securely enjoyed, not where they can be easily taken from you, and friends for few of thems"
Author: Machiavelli Quotes Category: Men Quotes



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