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Niccolo Machiavelli
Niccolo Machiavelli

Considered by many to be the father of modern political theory, Niccolo Machiavelli wrote numerous dispatches on his missions as Secretary of the Ten. Filled with insight, Machiavelli was inadvertently involved in the downfall of his patron, Gonfaloniere Soderini. His writings were misconstrued and misunderstood, leading to his arrest on conspiracy charges, for which he was tortured. He sp…

Date of Birth: May 03, 1469
Date of Death: June 21, 1527


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Niccolo Machiavelli

"Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great." Niccolo Machiavelli
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Niccolo Machiavelli

"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" Niccolo Machiavelli
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Niccolo Machiavelli

"The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms - you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow" Niccolo Machiavelli
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"When you disarm your subjects you offend them by showing that either from cowardliness or lack of faith, you distrust them; and either conclusion will induce them to hate you" Niccolo Machiavelli
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"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
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"A prince must be prudent enough to know how to escape the bad reputation of those vices that would lose the state for him, and must protect himself from those that will not lose it for him, if this is possible; but if he cannot, he need not concern h" Niccolo Machiavelli
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Escape   

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"Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better" Niccolo Machiavelli
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Taste   

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"There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when everyone can tell you the truth, you lose their respect." Niccolo Machiavelli
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"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
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Niccolo Machiavelli

"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..." Niccolo Machiavelli
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"Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear." Niccolo Machiavelli
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"Men nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed in their affairs by imitation, even though they cannot entirely keep to the tracks of others or emulate the prowess of their models. So a prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding. If his own prowess fails to compare with theirs, at least it has an air of greatness about it. He should behave like those archers who, if they are skilful, when the target seems too distant, know the capabilities of their bow and aim a good deal higher than their objective, not in order to shoot so high but so that by aiming high they can reach the target." Niccolo Machiavelli
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Imitation   

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"The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it." Niccolo Machiavelli
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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
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"Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration" Niccolo Machiavelli
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"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
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Niccolo Machiavelli

"May princes know then that they begin to lose (their) state at that hour in which they begin to break the laws and those customs and usages that are ancient and under which men have lived for a long time" Niccolo Machiavelli
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"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" Niccolo Machiavelli
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Niccolo Machiavelli

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

"The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love." Niccolo Machiavelli
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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
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