Niccolò Machiavelli Quote

It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope.


Discourse upon the First Ten Books of Livy (written 1513–17) bk. 1, ch. 3 (translated by Allan Gilbert)

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It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act...

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It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act...

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It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act...

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It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act...