Quotes by Niccolo Machiavelli

Politics have no relation to morals.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed ought drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
The chief foundations of all states... are good laws and good arms. And as there cannot be good laws where there are not good arms... where there are good arms there must be good laws.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
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.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once and for all.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
The question is, then, do we try to make things easy on ourselves or do we try to make things easy on our customers, whoever they may be?
– Niccolo Machiavelli
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
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.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred.
– Niccolo Machiavelli