10 Best Quotes of Niccolo Machiavelli

30/04/2021

     Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes about power, education, prince, love and corruption ... Missing phrases by Machiavelli. Messages, Excerpts, Quotes and Motivational Phrases!

Who was Niccolo Machiavelli?

     Niccolo Machiavelli was a Renaissance philosopher, historian, poet, diplomat and musician. He is recognized as the founder of modern political science and thought, for having written about the state and government as they really are, not as they should be. Since the first criticisms, posthumously made by the English cardinal Reginald Pole, a misunderstanding of Machiavelli's complete work has been coined.

     With the shock of reality caused by his ideas about the dynamics of power, his texts generated a threat to current Christian values, mainly due to the analyzes of the political power of the Catholic Church contained in "The Prince". In 17th century English literature and theater, he was directly associated with the Devil through caricatural references and the nickname "Old Nick". There, the Machiavellian adjective in Western languages appeared in the vision of deceitful thinking and cheating.

Quores from Machiavelli of the Prince:

  • "There is no other way to protect yourself from flattery than to make men understand that telling the truth is not going to offend you."

  • "The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him."

  • "The lion cannot protect itself from traps and the fox cannot defend itself from wolves. It is therefore necessary to be a fox to recognize the traps and a lion to frighten the wolves."

  • "Nothing great has ever been achieved without danger."

  • "Never try to win by force what can be achieved by deception."

Machiavelli Quotes about Education and Love:

  • "Men are driven by two main impulses, be it love or fear. Since love and fear can hardly coexist, if we must choose between them, it is much safer to be feared than loved."

  • "People should be petted or crushed. If you do minor harm, they will take revenge; but if you cripple them, there is nothing they can do. If you need to hurt someone, do it in a way that you don't have to fear revenge."

  • "It is much safer to be feared than loved because love is preserved by the bond of obligation which, due to the vileness of men, is broken at every opportunity for its advantage; but fear preserves it by a dread of punishment that never fails."

  • "If an injury is to be done to a man, it must be so severe that his revenge need not be feared."

  • "Everyone sees what you look like, few experience what you really are."

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