Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469 – 1527) was a Florentine philosopher, statesman, diplomat and political theorist.
He is often referred to as the ‘father of modern political theory’. His most famous writing is ‘Il Principe’ (The Prince), a critique of traditional moral norms and ideologies regarding the exercise of power. Machiavelli wrote it in 1513 but it was only published after his death.
For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances,
as though they were realities,
and are often more influenced by the things that seem
than by those that are.