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Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes

Short Bio:

Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence, Italy in May of 1469. He was an Italian philosopher, diplomat, and writer, best know for his book The Prince. He has often been called the father of modern political theory. He also wrote several poems and plays.

More Notable Quotes:

"The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
"He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.
"Before all else, be armed.
"It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
"One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.
"Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
"Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.
"Hence it comes about that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed.
"Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.
"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.
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