Niccolo Machiavelli was born May 3, 1469 in Florence Italy. In honor of his special day, we give him the floor …

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”

I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”

Never was anything great achieved without danger.”

There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to institute a new order of things.”

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. The first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.”

It is not the titles that honor men, but the men that honor titles.”

Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.”

There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.”

He who has not first laid his foundations may be able with great ability to lay them afterwards, but they will be laid with trouble to the architect and danger to the building.”