Quotes by Niccolo Machiavelli

A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Before all else, be armed.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Hence it comes about that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.
– Niccolo Machiavelli