10 Machiavelli quotes on (what else?) politics


  • A prince who wishes to do great things must learn to practice deceit.
  • Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.
  • In the actions of men . . . from which there is no appeal, the end justifies the means.
  • 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.
  • Men are so simple and so ready to obey present necessities, that one who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.
  • The conqueror must arrange to commit all his cruelties at once.
  • A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
  • How easily men are corrupted . . . however good they may be and however well taught.
  • Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
  • No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.


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