Quotes by Niccolo Machiavelli

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
I hope and hoping feeds my pain
I weep and weeping feeds my failing heart
I laugh but the laughter does not pass within
I burn but the burning makes no mark outside
– Niccolo Machiavelli
There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new order of things..... Whenever his enemies have occasion to attack the innovator they do so with the passion of partisans, while the others defend him sluggishly so that the innovator and his party alike are vulnerable.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
God creates men, but they choose each other.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
A prince should therefore have no other aim or thought, nor take up any other thing for his study but war and it organization and discipline, for that is the only art that is necessary to one who commands.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
He who has not first laid his foundations may be able with great ability to lay them afterwards, but they will be laid with trouble to the architect and danger to the building.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when everyone can tell you the truth, you lose their respect.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the marjority of men live content.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Never was anything great achieved without danger.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot.
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.
– Niccolo Machiavelli