Niccolo Machiavelli: Titles

“It is not titles that make men illustrious, but men who make titles illustrious.”

—Niccolo Machiavelli.

Machiavelli: New order of things

“There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all who profit by the old order, and only luke-warm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order. This luke-warmness arises partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the law in their favour; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.”

—MACHIAVELLI in The Prince (1513). 

Nicolo Machiavelli: Three kinds of intelligence

“There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first is excellent, the second good, and the third useless. ”
~Nicolo Machiavelli.

Famous posthumous portrait of Niccolò Machiave...

Famous posthumous portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)