Ideas of Niccolo Machiavelli, by Theme

[Italian, 1469 - 1527, Born and died in Florence. Worked for the Medici family in Florence. Driven into exile.]

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23. Ethics / B. Contract Ethics / 3. Promise Keeping
If men are good you should keep promises, but they aren't, so you needn't
25. Society / B. The State / 3. Constitutions
The principle foundations of all states are good laws and good armies
25. Society / B. The State / 5. Leaders / c. Despotism
People are vengeful, so be generous to them, or destroy them
To retain a conquered state, wipe out the ruling family, and preserve everything else
A sensible conqueror does all his harmful deeds immediately, because people soon forget
25. Society / B. The State / 8. Religion in Society
All legislators invoke God in support of extraordinary laws, because their justification is not obvious
Rulers should preserve the foundations of religion, to ensure good behaviour and unity
25. Society / E. State Functions / 6. War
A desire to conquer, and men who do it, are always praised, or not blamed