Before he was the world's most evil man, he was a diplomat
Machiavelli was one lusty bureaucratSource: British Literature
[She had] a tuft of hair, half white and half black, the top of her head was bald which allowed you to see several lice taking a stroll… Her eyebrows were full of nits; one eye looked down and the other up. Her tear ducts were full of mucus… Her nose was twisted into a peculiar shape, the nostrils were full of snot and one of them was half missing. Her mouth looked like Lorenzo de Medici's, twisted on one side and drooling since she had no teeth to keep the saliva in her mouth. Her lip was covered with a thin but rather long mustache.
Barbera is there in Rome; if you can do her any service, I commend her to you, for she gives me far more concern than does the emperor.
The Prince was written in exileSource: New York Times
Machiavelli may have been trying to destroy tyrants who put his work into practiceSource: History Channel
Was Machiavelli just trying to get a job with The Prince?Source: History Channel
I think I said in my book at one point that it was one of the worst job applications of all time. It was totally unsuccessful in its purpose and probably always doomed to failure ... Unfortunately for him, he wasn't a very tactful person ... He basically says, 'I'm not going to tell you the things you want to hear, but the things you really need to hear if you want to hold onto power.’
If you're Lorenzo de' Medici and you think of yourself as this great lord, you don't really want some bureaucrat telling you all the gritty, nasty details of how to hold onto power.
Machiavelli's writing completely upended his era's political thoughtSource: Business Insider
The Catholic Church weren't fans of his workSource: Wikimedia
Was Machiavelli power-hungry, or was he just a realist?Source: Pinterest
The staying power of The Prince comes from its insistence on the need for a clear-sighted appreciation of how men really are as distinct from the moralizing claptrap about how they ought to be.