Quotes by Niccolò Machiavelli

"Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are."
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"If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared."
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"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."
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"The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him."
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"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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Books by Niccolò Machiavelli

  • The Prince
  • 272 ratings
  • June 1st 2003 by Dante University of America Press

    (first published 1532)

  • On Conspiracies
  • 135 ratings
  • August 26th 2010 by Penguin Classics

    (first published 1513)

Niccolò Machiavelli
  • Niccolò Machiavelli

  • Date of birth: January 15, 1469
  • Died: June 01, 1527
  • Born: in Florence, Italy.

  • Description: Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was an Italian political philosopher, musician, poet, and playwright. He is a figure of the Italian Renaissance and a central figure of its political component, most widely known for his treatises on realist political theory (The Prince) on the one hand and republicanism (Discourses on Livy) on the other.

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