Quotes by: Niccolo Machiavelli
It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope.
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.
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.
For among other evils caused by being disarmed, it renders you contemptible; which is one of those disgraceful things which a prince must guard against.
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.