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Niccolo Machiavelli

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Biography : Italian diplomat, politician, philosopher, humanist and writer.
Born: 1469 - Died: 1527
Period:
16th century
15th century
Place of birth: Italy
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Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are."
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There are two ways of contesting, the one by the law, the other by force; the first method is proper to men, the second to beasts."
Niccolo Machiavelli - The Prince
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Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear."
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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."
Niccolo Machiavelli - The Prince
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Where nature is lacking, work supplies."
Niccolo Machiavelli - The Art of War
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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."
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War is just when it is necessary arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms."
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Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds."
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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."
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Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times."
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The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him."
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God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us."
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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."
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Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions."
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No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution."
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Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others."
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