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Top 51 Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes (THE PRINCE)

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“Women are the most charitable creatures, and the most troublesome. He who shuns women passes up the trouble, but also the benefits. He who puts up with them gains the benefits, but also the trouble. As the saying goes, there’s no honey without bees.”

Niccolò Machiavelli
Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.Pin
Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.
I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.Pin
I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.Pin
Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.
A government which does not trust its citizens to be armed is not itself to be trusted.Pin
A government which does not trust its citizens to be armed is not itself to be trusted.

“People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance.”

Niccolò Machiavelli
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.Pin
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.Pin
Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.
The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.Pin
The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
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.Pin
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.

7 Inspirational Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes About Life

“All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.”

Niccolò Machiavelli
There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.Pin
There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.
It is better to act and repent than not to act and regret.Pin
It is better to act and repent than not to act and regret.
Never was anything great achieved without danger.Pin
Never was anything great achieved without danger.
Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.Pin
Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.Pin
One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.
Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.Pin
Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.

4 Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes on Deceivers and Being Deceived

It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.Pin
It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.Pin
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.
Men are so simple of mind, and so much dominated by their immediate needs, that a deceitful man will always find plenty who are ready to be deceived.Pin
Men are so simple of mind, and so much dominated by their immediate needs, that a deceitful man will always find plenty who are ready to be deceived.
Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.Pin
Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.

7 Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes on Power

“Rome remained free for four hundred years and Sparta eight hundred, although their citizens were armed all that time; but many other states that have been disarmed have lost their liberties in less than forty years.”

Niccolò Machiavelli
Power is the pivot on which everything hinges. He who has the power is always right; the weaker is always wrong.Pin
Power is the pivot on which everything hinges. He who has the power is always right; the weaker is always wrong.
He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.Pin
He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.
It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a people that wants to remain servile as it is to enslave a people that wants to remain free.Pin
It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a people that wants to remain servile as it is to enslave a people that wants to remain free.
To understand the nature of the people one must be a prince, and to understand the nature of the prince, one must be of the people.Pin
To understand the nature of the people one must be a prince, and to understand the nature of the prince, one must be of the people.
Politics have no relation to morals.Pin
Politics have no relation to morals.
Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.Pin
Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.

5 Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes on War

Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.Pin
Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.Pin
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.Pin
Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.
Never do an enemy a small injury.Pin
Never do an enemy a small injury.
Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.Pin
Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.

5 Wise Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes that will Make You Smarter

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.Pin
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.Pin
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
Always assume incompetence before looking for conspiracy.Pin
Always assume incompetence before looking for conspiracy.
It is a common fault not to anticipate storms when the sea is calm.Pin
It is a common fault not to anticipate storms when the sea is calm.
A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one's own ignorance.Pin
A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one’s own ignorance.

3 Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes on the Nature of Man

Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see but few can test by feeling.Pin
Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see but few can test by feeling.
Men are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.Pin
Men are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.Pin
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.

7 Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes that will Make You Think

“One of the great secrets of the day is to know how to take possession of popular prejudices and passions, in such a way as to introduce a confusion of principles which makes impossible all understanding between those who speak the same language and have the same interests.”

Niccolò Machiavelli
Alexander never did what he said, Cesare never said what he did.Pin
Alexander never did what he said, Cesare never said what he did.
Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good.Pin
Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good.
I desire to go to Hell and not to Heaven. In the former I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes, while in the latter are only beggars, monks and apostles.Pin
I desire to go to Hell and not to Heaven. In the former I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes, while in the latter are only beggars, monks and apostles.
A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair.Pin
A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair.
We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.Pin
We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.

“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.”

Niccolò Machiavelli

3 Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes on God and Religion

There is nothing more important than appearing to be religious.Pin
There is nothing more important than appearing to be religious.
God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.Pin
God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.
Hence it comes about that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed.Pin
Hence it comes about that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed.
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