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  • It's foolish to call Chanakya an Indian Machiavelli. Rather, Machiavelli was possibly an Italian Chanakya. -- Ashwin Sanghi
  • In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli. -- Howard Zinn
  • I'm Machiavelli's offspring, I'm the king of New York, king of the coast, one hand, I juggle them both. -- Kendrick Lamar
  • What this White House really needs is a chief of staff who can read Machiavelli in the original Italian. -- Mack McLarty
  • Machiavelli had some cold tricks for people who wanted to be demagogues and wanted to take over the world. -- Mads Mikkelsen
  • Machiavelli's teaching would hardly have stood the test of Parliamentary government, for public discussion demands at least the profession of good faith. -- Lord Acton
  • The political tradition of ancient thought, filtered in Italy by Machiavelli, says one thing clearly: every prince needs allies, and the bigger the responsibility, the more allies he needs. -- Silvio Berlusconi
  • Europeans are forever the offspring of Machiavelli, trapped in a historical rollercoaster that can bring us a monarchy-toppling French Revolution and then a few years later Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor. -- Loretta Napoleoni
  • Machiavelli taught me it was better to be feared than loved. Because if you are loved they sense you might be weak. I am a man of the people and help them but it is important to do so through strength. -- Don King
  • I've been fascinated by Machiavelli since I was very young. I've always felt that he had a bad rap from history, and that he was actually a person quite unlike what we now think of as Machiavellian. He was a republican. He disliked totalitarian government. -- Salman Rushdie
  • C++ tries to guard against Murphy, not Machiavelli. -- Damian Conway
  • [Niccolò] Machiavelli said it's better to be feared than to be loved. -- Gary Shilling
  • Stupidity trumps Machiavelli almost every time when you are looking for an explanation. -- Robert Foster Bennett
  • It's better to be loved than feared, but if you can't be loved, then fear will do.-Dino quoting Machiavelli -- Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Between being loved and being feared, I have always believed Machiavelli was right. If nobody is afraid of me, I??m meaningless. -- Lee Kuan Yew
  • A man of nothing who has started out from nothing starting out from an unassignable place: these are, for Machiavelli, the conditions for regeneration. -- Louis Althusser
  • Have you any idea how to wake a hibernating Elder?" Machiavelli shook his head. "Mars, what about you? Any advice?" "Yes. Don't. -- Michael Scott
  • It's not like I idolize this one guy Machiavelli. I idolize that type of thinking where you do whatever's gonna make you achieve your goal. -- Tupac Shakur
  • Machiavelli is right: one always must live with one's friends with the idea that they may turn into one's enemies. He should have said, with everyone. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
  • The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away. -- Saul Alinsky
  • I worry that when you start quoting Machiavelli to justify your actions, you have ceased to be one of the good guys. No, quoting Nietzsche does that. Machiavelli is just cool. -- Laurell K. Hamilton
  • When the last of the Reformers died, religion, instead of emancipating the nations, had become an excuse for the criminal art of despots. Calvin preached, and Bellarmine lectured; but Machiavelli reigned. -- Lord Acton
  • These books ain't window dressing. I think Machiavelli's the most sophisticated writer outside of Shakespeare. Way ahead of his time. Such a manipulative person. Everything he accomplished he did by kissin' ass. -- Mike Tyson
  • I thought there was no use for me in reading Sun Tzu and Machiavelli because I am neither a warrior nor a politician, but it turned out to be useful when I married -- Bangambiki Habyarimana
  • All ideas advanced to deal with the Florentine noise problem, the Florentine traffic problem, are Utopian, and nobody believes in them, just as nobody believed in Machiavelli's Prince, a Utopian image of the ideally self-interested despot. -- Mary McCarthy
  • Power politics existed before Machiavelli was ever heard of; it will exist long after his name is only a faint memory. What he did, like Harvey, was to recognize its existence and subject it to scientific study. -- Max Lerner
  • If you want to compete in Italy, the only accepted ways are brute force, or cunning. Like Machiavelli says, "Fronte otra forze." And neither of these two "virtues" is suited to an artist. The artist has to stay intelligent. -- Francesco Clemente
  • Prime ministers require the hide of a rhinoceros, the morals of St. Francis, the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the leadership of Napoleon, the magnetism of a Beatle and the subtlety of Machiavelli. -- Lester B. Pearson
  • In order to achieve the most noble accomplishments, the leader may have to 'enter into evil.' This is the chilling insight that has made Machiavelli so feared, admired, and challenging. It is why we are drawn to him still... -- Michael A. Ledeen
  • Long before Einstein told us that matter is energy, Machiavelli and Hobbes and other modern political philosophers defined man as a lump of matter whose most politically relevant attribute is a form of energy called self-interestedness. This was not a -- George Will
  • Machiavelli is the complete contrary of a machiavellian, since he describes the tricks of power and gives the whole show away. The seducer and the politician, who live in the dialectic and have a feeling and instinct for it, try their best to keep it hidden. -- Maurice Merleau-Ponty
  • No matter how different our First Ladies have been - and as individual women they have ranged from recluses to vibrant hostesses to political manipulators on a par with Machiavelli - they have all shared the unnerving experience of facing a job they did not choose. -- Margaret Truman Daniel
  • Machiavelli, however, took his bearings from people as they are. He defined the political project as making the best of this flawed material. He knew (in words Kant would write almost three centuries later) that nothing straight would be made from the crooked timber of humanity. -- George Will
  • Christopher Lynch has made the best and the first careful translation of Machiavelli's Art of War. With useful notes, an excellent introduction, an interpretive essay, glossary, and index, it is a treasure for readers of military history and Renaissance thought as well as for lovers of Machiavelli. -- Harvey Mansfield
  • Half of these aren't even Machiavelli. Some are Plato, Thucydides etc....doesnt anyone check these? -- Niccolo Machiavelli
  • What's distinctively shocking about Machiavelli is that he didn't care. He believed not only that politicians must do evil in the name of the public good, but also that they shouldn't worry about it. He was unconcerned, in other words, with what modern thinkers call 'the problem of dirty hands.' -- Michael Ignatieff
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