Quotes by Niccolò Machiavelli

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

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

"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."

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

"There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you."

Books by Niccolò Machiavelli

  • The Prince
  • 278,035 ratings
  • June 1st 2003 by Dante University of America Press

    (first published 1532)

  • The Discourses
  • 8,171 ratings
  • October 27th 1983 by Penguin Classics

    (first published 1531)

  • The Art of War
  • 7,755 ratings
  • July 5th 2001 by Da Capo Press

    (first published 1521)

  • Mandragola
  • 3,451 ratings
  • January 1st 1981 by Waveland Press

    (first published 1524)

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.