Inspirational Quotes & Positive Life Messages

Profound Quotes by Machiavelli

Inspiring quotes from Niccolo Machiavelli, an Italian Renaissance historian, politician and writer often been called the founder of modern political science.
  • Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.

    ~ Machiavelli
  • 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.

    ~ Machiavelli
  • I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.

    ~ Machiavelli
  • The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

    ~ Machiavelli
  • Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.

    ~ Machiavelli
  • Men are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.

    ~ Machiavelli
  • No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.

    ~ Machiavelli
  • It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.

    ~ Machiavelli
  • There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.

    ~ Machiavelli
  • He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.

    ~ Machiavelli