Quotes from The Prince

Niccolò Machiavelli ·  140 pages

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“Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“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, quote from The Prince


“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, quote from The Prince


“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince



“it is much safer to be feared than loved because ...love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“Because there are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, the third is useless.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. ”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“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. 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, quote from The Prince



“How we live is so different from how we ought to live that he who studies what ought to be done rather than what is done will learn the way to his downfall rather than to his preservation.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“…he who seeks to deceive will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“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, quote from The Prince


“The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“A man who is used to acting in one way never changes; he must come to ruin when the times, in changing, no longer are in harmony with his ways.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince



“And here comes in the question whether it is better to be loved rather than feared, or feared rather than loved. It might perhaps be answered that we should wish to be both; but 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, quote from The Prince


“He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent, so that if he does not attain to their greatness, at any rate he will get some tinge of it.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince



“Wisdom consists of knowing how to distinguish the nature of trouble, and in choosing the lesser evil.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good. Hence a prince who wants to keep his authority must learn how not to be good, and use that knowledge, or refrain from using it, as necessity requires.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“Therefore, it is necessary to be a fox to discover the snares and a lion to terrify the wolves”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“Men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince



“He who becomes a Prince through the favour of the people should always keep on good terms with them; which it is easy for him to do, since all they ask is not to be oppressed”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“In conclusion, the arms of others either fall from your back, or they weigh you down, or they bind you fast.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“لا شيء أشد ضروره من أن يتظاهر الامير بالتدين ، فالناس عامة يحكمون بما يرون بأعينهم أكثر مما يحكمون بما يلمسون بإيديهم ، لأن كل امريء يستطيع أن يري ولكن قلة قليله تملك ان تلمس ما انت عليه.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, quote from The Prince


“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, quote from The Prince



About the author

Niccolò Machiavelli
Born place: in Florence, Italy
Born date March 1, 1469
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