Niccolò Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian Renaissance historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer. He has often been called the founder of modern political science. He also wrote comedies, carnival songs, and poetry.
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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.
No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.
Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.
The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing, and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs they deserve condemnation for their mistakes.
Where the willingness is great the difficulties cannot be great.