Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes

For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearance, as though they were realities and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are. Niccolo Machiavelli

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

It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles. Niccolo Machiavelli

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

The end justifies the means. Niccolo Machiavelli

Before all else, be armed. Niccolo Machiavelli

There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, that to institute a new order of things. Niccolo Machiavelli

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. Niccolo Machiavelli

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

Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration. Niccolo Machiavelli

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times. Niccolo Machiavelli

Never was anything great achieved without danger. Niccolo Machiavelli

I consider it a mark of great prudence in a man to abstain from threats or any contemptuous expressions, for neither of these weaken the enemy, but threats make him more cautious, and the other excites his hatred, and a desire to revenge himself. Niccolo Machiavelli

One change always leaves the way prepared for the introduction of another. Niccolo Machiavelli