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The Morals of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

The Morals of a Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

Throughout the years many rulers and princes have strived to be the best. The book some believe set the standards for a prince is Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Morals of a Prince." Machiavelli states "Hence it is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity" proving that he believes it vital for a prince to know wrong in order to thrive and flourish (Machiavelli 331). Machiavelli undoubtedly has key points that reveal his feelings about being a successful, wrong prince. However, at times his ideology can be rather harsh.

One major example of Machiavelli's attitude is when he states, "I shall depart from the methods of other people" proving he conjures up new ideas about how a prince can be successful and also makes apparent his cocky demeanor (330). Another strong example of Machiavelli's outlook is when he states, "how one lives is so far distant from how one ought to live" showing he believes people are not getting their fair share (331). This proving Machiavelli's well-rounded attitude by thinking people deserve more than what they get. Finally Machiavelli states, "it is much safer to be feared than loved" making apparent his idea of being feared is a solid trait a prince must acquire to be successful (334).

Although Machiavelli gives numerous points on what it takes to excel as a prince, he also shows some raw examples of how he feels a prince should act in order to achieve maximum supremacy. First, when he says, "ought to hold of little account a reputation for being mean, for it is one of those vices which will enable him to govern" proves Machiavelli feels mighty adamant about his view that being mean will help a prince achieve success (332). It is absurd to imagine the meanest prince as the most successful. Also, when Machiavelli states, "our experience has been that those princes who have done great things have held good faith of little account, and have known how to circumvent the intellect of men by craft" revealing his attitude to manipulate people into fearing and respecting the prince (335). Also, Machiavelli shows that for a prince to be successful, he must not think about good faith.
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