Niccolò Machiavelli


Born
in Florence, Italy
January 24, 1469

Died
June 11, 1527

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Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was an Italian political philosopher, musician, poet, and playwright. He is a figure of the Italian Renaissance and a central figure of its political component, most widely known for his treatises on realist political theory (The Prince) on the one hand and republicanism (Discourses on Livy) on the other.

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The Prince

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The Discourses

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The Art of War

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Mandragola

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The Prince and Other Writings

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The Prince and The Discourses

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The Portable Machiavelli

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4.08 avg rating — 666 ratings — published 1979 — 10 editions
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Selected Political Writings

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The Art of War/The Prince

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“Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.”
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

“If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

“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.”
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker pub 1982, 295 pp.
 
  31 votes, 18.1%

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli pub 1532, 149 pp.
 
  28 votes, 16.4%

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry pub. 1986, 960 pp.
 
  28 votes, 16.4%

Candide by Voltaire pub. 1759, 129 pp.
 
  24 votes, 14.0%

 
  24 votes, 14.0%

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison pub. 1952, 581 pp.
 
  20 votes, 11.7%

 
  16 votes, 9.4%

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