Niccolò Machiavelli


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Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist and writer based in Florence during the Renaissance. He was for many years an official in the Florentine Republic, with responsibilities in diplomatic and military affairs. He was a founder of modern political science, and more specifically political ethics. He also... more »

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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...
    Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political philosopher, statesman. The Prince, ch. 15 (1514).
  • The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want...
    Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political philosopher, statesman. The Prince, ch. 3 (1514).
  • 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...
    Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political philosopher, statesman. The Prince, ch. 6 (1514).
  • ''There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.''
    Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political philosopher, statesman. The Prince, ch. 3 (1514).
  • ''The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous.''
    Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political philosopher, statesman. The Prince, ch. 15 (1514).
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