130+ Great Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes About Truth And Life

Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes


“It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli 


“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.”

Niccolò Machiavelli


“There is no avoiding war, it can only be postponed to the advantage of your enemy.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Alexander never did what he said, Cesare never said what he did.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“It is a common fault not to anticipate storms when the sea is calm.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“An unavoidable war is called justice. When brutality is the only option left it is holy.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


‘The Prince’ Machiavelli Quotes


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

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Never was anything great achieved without danger.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Men are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“A prince must not have any other object nor any other thought… but war, its institutions, and its discipline; because that is the only art befitting one who commands.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Never do an enemy a small injury.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Nature creates few men brave, industry and training makes many.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once and for all.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“He who is highly esteemed is not easily conspired against.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“The best fortress which a prince can possess is the affection of his people.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“A prince is also esteemed when he is a true friend and a true enemy.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“The first way to lose a state is to neglect the art of war; the first way to gain a state is to be skilled in the art of war.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“That defense alone is effectual, sure, and durable which depends upon yourself and your own valor.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes For Inspiration


“A Prince should esteem the great, but must not make himself odious to the people.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


‘The Prince’ is one of the earlier works of political philosophy, and the book gives a clear picture of the uses and limits of power. Read along to find some critical quotes from ‘The Prince’.

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experiences what you really are.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“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.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Since love and fear can hardly exist together if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


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

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“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.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


Machiavelli Quotes On Change


“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.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.”

– Niccolò 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.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince Quotes


“It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Never was anything great achieved without danger.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries – for heavy ones they cannot.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.”

– Niccolò 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.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Hence it comes about that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


Random Inspirational Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes


“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.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once and for all.”

– Niccolò 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.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.”

– Niccolò 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.”

– Niccolò 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.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Politics have no relation to morals.”

– Niccolò 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.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.”

– Niccolò 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.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


Some More Machiavelli Quotes


“Before all else, be armed.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.”

– Niccolò 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.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“For among other evils caused by being disarmed, it renders you contemptible; which is one of those disgraceful things which a prince must guard against.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


Interesting Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes


“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.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


“Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.”

– Niccolò Machiavelli


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