Niccolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli 1469 - 1527 was an Italian diplomat, politician, historian, philosopher, humanist and writer of the Renaissance period. He is known as the ‘father of modern political science’. 
His most famous work ‘The Prince’ was written in 1513 and many of the quotes listed come from this work. 
‘It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both’ 
‘The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present’ 
‘He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command’ 
‘A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise’ 
‘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’ 
‘Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great’ 
‘If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared’ 
‘War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms’ 
‘The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him’ 
‘Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times’ 
‘Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society’ 
‘The wise man does at once what the fool does finally’ 
‘It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver’ 
‘It is not titles that honour men, but men that honour titles’ 
‘Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others’ 
‘There is no avoiding war’ it can only be postponed to the advantage of others’ 
‘To understand the nature of the people one must be a prince, and to understand the nature of the prince, one must be of the people’ 
‘Never was anything great achieved without danger’ 
‘No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution’ 
‘One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others’ 
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