The Prince

The Prince

Machiavelli needs to be looked at as he really was. Hence: Can Machiavelli, who makes the following observations, be Machiavellian as we understand the disparaging term? 1. So it is that to know the nature of a people, one need be a Prince; to know the nature of a Prince, one need to be of the people. 2. If a Prince is not given to vices that make him hated, it is unsusal for his subjects to show their affection for him. 3. Opportunity made Moses, Cyrus, Romulus, Theseus, and others; their virtue domi-nated the opportunity, making their homelands noble and happy. Armed prophets win; the disarmed lose. 4. Without faith and religion, man achieves power but not glory. 5. Prominent citizens want to command and oppress; the populace only wants to be free of oppression. 6. A Prince needs a friendly populace; otherwise in diversity there is no hope. 7. A Prince, who rules as a man of valor, avoids disasters, 8. Nations based on mercenary forces will never be solid or secure. 9. Mercenaries are dangerous because of their cowardice 10. There are two ways to fight: one with laws, the other with force. The first is rightly man’s way; the second, the way of beasts.

Title:The Prince
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780937832387
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    The Prince Reviews

  • Stephen

    That single statement boys and girls is the crux at the heart of the matter resting at the bottom-line of Niccolo MachiavelliÔÇÖs world-changing classic on the defining use of realpolitik in governan...

  • Florencia

    This is no Little Prince, that's for sure. You must kill the fox, burn the rose, murder the businessman, if any of them tries to take control over your princedom. There's no time to be nice! There's o...

  • Alex

    I'm weirdly pleased that The Prince lives up to its reputation: it is indeed Machiavellian. Here's his advice on conquering self-governing states (i.e. democracies): "The only way to hold on to such a...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Il Principe = The Prince, Niccol├▓ MachiavelliThe Prince is a 16th-century political treatise by the Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccol├▓ Machiavelli. Machiavelli said that The Prince woul...

  • Henry Avila

    Italy in the early 1500's was a sad, dispirited land of constant wars, deaths, destruction, political betrayals, schemes of conquest by greedy aristocrats, trying to enlarge their petty Italian states...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Il Principe = The Prince, Niccol├▓ MachiavelliThe Prince (Italian: Il Principe) is a 16th-century political treatise by the Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccol├▓ Machiavelli. From correspon...

  • Sidharth Vardhan

    I don't know how come I never reviewed this one but recently I was visiting this friend of mine in south India, Pramod (yes, the one from Goodreads), when he showed me this not-so-popular smaller piec...

  • Paul

    In this book, Machiavelli makes his purpose clear: how to get power and keep it. No happiness. No warm and fuzzy pats on the back. Definitely no hugs. No words of encouragement. Definitely nothing abo...

  • P-eggy

    How to run things and hopefully remain popular but not give a monkey's if they hate you. How to instil enough fear in people that they at least show respect to your face.Plenty of good lessons here fo...

  • Jan-Maat

    I think this was the first time that I read this book from cover to cover rather than dipping in and out of it, I feel that it's reputation is bleaker than it's bite, it seems no more cynical than obs...