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He who neglects what is done for what ought to be done, sooner effects his ruin than his preservation.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince - Chapter 15, 1513)
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince - Chapter 22, 1513)
He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.
Niccolo Machiavelli (Discourses on Livy - Third Book: Chapter 22, 1513)
Few men are brave by nature, but good order and experience make many so. 
Good order and discipline in many army are to be depended upon than courage 
alone.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Art of War - Book 7, 1520)
There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince, 1513)
Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince - Chapter 18, 1513)
Like all other things of nature that are born and grow fast, cannot have their roots and connections, so that the first adverse circumstances extinguish them...
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince - Chapter 4, 1513)
Men are driven by two two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.
Niccolo Machiavelli (Discourses on Livy - Third Book: Chapter 21, 1513)
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Wisdom consists in being able to distinguish among dangers and make a choice of the least harmful.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince, 1513)
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. Everyone sees what you seem to be, few know what you really are; and those few do not dare take a stand against the general opinion.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince, 1513)
Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.
Niccolo Machiavelli (Discourses on Livy - Third Book: Chapter 9, 1513)
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince - Chapter 6, 1513)
Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince - Chapter 26, 1513)
It is not titles that make men illustrious, but men who make titles illustrious.
Variant: It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
Niccolo Machiavelli (Discourses on Livy - Third Book: Chapter 38, 1513)
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, and the third is useless.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince - Chapter 22, 1513)
It may at times be the highest wisdom to simulate folly.
Niccolo Machiavelli (Discourses on Livy - Third Book: Chapter 2, 1513)
When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince - Chapter 19, 1513)
Hence it comes about that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince - Chapter 6, 1513)
Nothing is of greater importance in time of war than in knowing how to make the best use of a fair opportunity when it is offered.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Art of War, 1520)
Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws, must start with assuming that all men are bad and ever ready to display their vicious nature, whenever they may find occasion for it.
Niccolo Machiavelli (Discourses on Livy - First Book: Chapter 3, 1513)
Men have imagined republics and principalities that never really existed at all. Yet the way men live is so far removed from the way they ought to live that anyone who abandons what is for what should be pursues his downfall rather than his preservation; for a man who strives after goodness in all his acts is sure to come to ruin, since there are so many men who are not good.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince - Chapter 15, 1513)
Never do any enemy a small injury for they are like a snake which is half beaten and it will strike back the first chance it gets.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince - Chapter 3, 1513)
So in all human affairs one notices, if one examines them closely, that it is impossible to remove one inconvenience without another emerging.
Niccolo Machiavelli (Discourses on Livy - First Book: Chapter 6, 1513)
Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are, and those few dare not oppose themselves to the opinion of the many, who have the majesty of the state to defend them.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince - Chapter 18, 1513)
How easily men may be corrupted.
Niccolo Machiavelli (Discourses on Livy - First Book: Chapter 42, 1513)
Whenever men are not obliged to fight from necessity, they fight from ambition; which is so powerful in human breasts, that it never leaves them no matter to what rank they rise. The reason is that nature has so created men that they are able to desire everything but are not able to attain everything: so that the desire being always greater than the acquisition, there results discontent with the possession and little satisfaction to themselves from it.
Niccolo Machiavelli (Discourses on Livy, 1517)
The people as a body are courageous, but individually they are cowardly and feeble.
Niccolo Machiavelli (Discourses on Livy - First Book: Chapter 57, 1513)
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.
Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince - Chapter 18, 1513)
Occasionally words must serve to veil the facts.
Niccolo Machiavelli
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Niccolo Machiavelli Biography

Born: May 3, 1469
Died: June 21, 1527

Niccolo Machiavelli was an Italian historian, humanist, diplomat, playwright and philosopher. He is most commonly known for his influential books such as "The Prince"

Notable Works
The Prince (1513)
Discourses on Livy
(ca. 1517)
The Art of War
(1520)
Life of Castruccio Castracani
(1520)
Florentine Histories
(1521 - 1525)
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It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
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