In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli.
— Howard Zinn

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
Russell Baker machiavelli quote

The ends must justify the means.
— Matthew Prior

Long before Einstein told us that matter is energy, Machiavelli and Hobbes and other modern political philosophers defined man as a lump of matter whose most politically relevant attribute is a form of energy called self-interestedness. This was not a
— George Will

Machiavelli's teaching would hardly have stood the test of Parliamentary government, for public discussion demands at least the profession of good faith.
— machiavelli quotation by Lord Acton