Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes

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Niccolò Machiavelli was an Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist and writer based in Florence during the italian renaissance. Some of his popular works include The Prince, The Art of War and Discourse on Livy. Here I have compiled down some of popular Niccolo Machiavelli quotes. Just hope you will like the quote compilation and able to find some inspirational Niccolo Machiavelli quotes to share with your friends.

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
Niccolò Machiavelli

Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.
Niccolò Machiavelli

History is written by the victors.
Niccolò Machiavelli

He who builds on the people, builds on the mud
Niccolò Machiavelli

Nature creates few men brave, industry and training makes many.
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Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.
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For one change always leaves a dovetail into which another will fit.
Niccolò Machiavelli

God creates men, but they choose each other.
Niccolò Machiavelli

It is not titles that honour men, but men that honour titles.
Niccolò Machiavelli

There is no avoiding war, it can only be postponed to the advantage of your enemy.
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Appear as you may wish to be
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The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
Niccolò Machiavelli

The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar.
Niccolò Machiavelli

Everyone who wants to know what will happen ought to examine what has happened: everything in this world in any epoch has their replicas in antiquity.
Niccolò Machiavelli

Men are driven by two two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.
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Therefore, it is necessary to be a fox to discover the snares and a lion to terrify the wolves
Niccolò Machiavelli

He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command
Niccolò Machiavelli

It is best to be both feared and loved; however, if one cannot be both it is better to be feared than loved.
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One should never fall in the belief that you can find someone to pick you up.
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Never was anything great achieved without danger.
Niccolò Machiavelli

There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.
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People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance.
Niccolò Machiavelli

Therefore the best fortress is to be found in the love of the people, for although you may have fortresses they will not save you if you are hated by the people.
Niccolò Machiavelli

Men are so simple of mind, and so much dominated by their immediate needs, that a deceitful man will always find plenty who are ready to be deceived.
Niccolò Machiavelli

…he who seeks to deceive will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived.
Niccolò Machiavelli

A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent, so that if he does not attain to their greatness, at any rate he will get some tinge of it.
Niccolò Machiavelli

I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
Niccolò Machiavelli

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
Niccolò Machiavelli

Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.
Niccolò Machiavelli

Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved
Niccolò Machiavelli

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

A man who is used to acting in one way never changes; he must come to ruin when the times, in changing, no longer are in harmony with his ways.
Niccolò Machiavelli

Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see but few can test by feeling. Everyone sees what you seem to be, few know what you really are; and those few do not dare take a stand against the general opinion.
Niccolò Machiavelli

In conclusion, the arms of others either fall from your back, or they weigh you down, or they bind you fast.
Niccolò Machiavelli

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.
Niccolò Machiavelli

There is nothing more important than appearing to be religious.
Niccolò Machiavelli

the ends justifies the means
Niccolò Machiavelli

Wisdom consists of knowing how to distinguish the nature of trouble, and in choosing the lesser evil.
Niccolò Machiavelli

Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
Niccolò Machiavelli

Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony
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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.
Niccolò Machiavelli

Hence it comes that all armed prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed prophets have been destroyed.
Niccolò Machiavelli

the wise man should always follow the roads that have been trodden by the great, and imitate those who have most excelled, so that if he cannot reach their perfection, he may at least acquire something of its savour.
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