Niccolo Machiavelli

1469 - 1527

A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on glory, god, and sharing

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 (1469 - 1527)

Source: The prince, 1532

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on achievement, fortune, and virtue

We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which [is] achieved without either.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: The Prince, 1513

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on imitation

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.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: The prince, 1532

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on needs and vengeance

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

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: The Prince, 1513

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on gifts, judgment, men, and reality

Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on flattery, men, respect, truth, and understanding

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 (1469 - 1527)

Source: The prince, 1532

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on accidents, food, liberty, and people

The people resemble a wild beast, which, naturally fierce and accustomed to live in the woods, has been brought up, as it were, in a prison and in servitude, and having by accident got its liberty, not being accustomed to search for its food, and not knowing where to conceal itself, easily becomes the prey of the first who seeks to incarcerate it again.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: Discourse upon the First Ten Books of Livy, bk. I, ch. 16

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on contentment, honor, majorities, and men

When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: The prince, 1532

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on contempt, country, and religion

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

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on desires, simplicity, suffering, and yielding

Man 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 himself to be tricked.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

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