Niccolò Machiavelli

Literary Birthday – 3 May – Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolò Machiavelli was born 3 May 1469 and died 21 June 1527

Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes

  1. The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
  2. Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.
  3. There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.
  4. Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.
  5. Because there are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, the third is useless.
  6. Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
  7. For whoever believes that great advancement and new benefits make men forget old injuries is mistaken.
  8. He who is highly esteemed is not easily conspired against.
  9. Therefore the best fortress is to be found in the love of the people, for although you may have fortresses they will not save you if you are hated by the people.

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was an Italian Renaissance historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer. He is most most widely known for his treatises on realist political theory, The Prince, and republicanism, Discourses on Livy.

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