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A wise man will see to it that his act always seems voluntary and not done be compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity.




Niccolo Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Florentine statesman and political philosopher, Discourse on Livy

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Niccolo Machiavelli
Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Born: May 3, 1469
  • Died: June 21, 1527
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Profession: Writer

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was an Italian diplomat, politician, historian, philosopher, humanist, writer, playwright and poet of the Renaissance period. He has often been called the father of modern political science. For many years he was a senior official in the Florentine Republic, with responsibilities in diplomatic and military affairs. He also wrote comedies, carnival songs, and poetry. His personal correspondence is renowned by Italian scholars. He was secretary to the Second Chancery of the Republic of Florence from 1498 to 1512, when the Medici were out of power. He wrote his most well-known work The Prince (Il Principe) in 1513, having been exiled from city affairs.

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