Niccolo Machiavelli

1469 - 1527

A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on desires, laws, men, and nature

Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws, must start with assuming that all men are bad and ever ready to display their vicious nature, whenever they may find occasion for it.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: Discourse upon the First Ten Books of Livy, bk. I, ch. 3

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on play

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The prince must be a lion, but he must also know how to play the fox.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: The prince, 1532

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on difficulty, order, success, and uncertainty

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 (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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