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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  • ''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).
  • ''A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.''
    Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political philosopher, statesman. The Prince, ch. 18 (1514).
  • ''Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.''
    Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political philosopher, statesman. The Prince, ch. 8 (1514).
  • ''Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.''
    Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political philosopher, statesman. The Prince, ch. 17 (written 1513-1514, published 1532), trans. by George Bu...
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