The Prince Author:Machiavelli For over four hundred years, The Prince has been the basic handbook of politics, statesmanship, and power. Written by a Florentine nobleman whose name has become a synonym for crafty plotting, it is a fascinating political and social document, as pertinent today as when it first appeared. Machiavelli wanted to set down for all time the rules a... more »nd moves in the ageless game of politics, and, as the most successful statesman of his day, he devised this highly readable formula for the man who seeks power. There was a little modern democracy in sixteenth century Italy, and as a result, Machiavelli's work became thought of as a blueprint for dictators - instead of a guide for efficient democratic government.
Witty, informative and devilishly shrewd, Machiavelli has long been required reading for everyone interested in politics and power. The Prince is one of the significant books of all time.
Christian Gauss, the late Dean of Emeritus of Princeton University, has wirtten a new and pentrating introduction to thes Mentor edition, explaining the times in which Machiavelli lived and the meaning of a book to today's reader. Dean Gauss, who died shortly after completing this analysis, was a noted American liberal educator and scholar.
AS MACHIAVELLI SAW IT
A prince need trouble little about conspiracies when the people are well disposed, but when they are hostile and hold him in hatred, then he must fear everything and everybody.
A prince must show himself a lover of merit, give preferment to the able and honor those who excel in every art.
A man who wishes to make a profession of goodness in everything must necessarily come to grief among so many who are not good. Therefore, it is necessary. . . to learn how not to be good, and to use this knowledge and not use it, according to the necessity of the case.
The first impression that one gets of a ruler and of his brains is from seeing the men he has about him.
There is no other way of guarding one's self against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when every one can tell you the truh, you lose their respect.
I certainly think that it is better to be impetuous than cautious, for fortune is a woman, and it is necessary . . . to conquer her by force.« less