- Discourses on Livy, Book I: Chapter II – Of the Various Kinds of Government: "Desiring, therefore, to discuss the nature of the government of Rome, and to ascertain the..."
- Discourses on Livy, Book I: Chapter III – What Kind of Events Gave Rise in Rome to the Creation of Tribunes of the Plebs, Whereby that Republic was Made More Perfect: "Men never do good unless necessity drives them to it; but when they are too..."
- Discourses on Livy, Book III: Chapter XXX – It is Necessary for a Citizen Who Proposes to Use his Authority to do any Good Work in a Republic First to Extinguish All Envy: "... as long as such men see that your reputation is greater than theirs, they..."
- Discourses on Livy, Book II: Chapter XXX — That really powerful Princes and, Commonwealths do not buy Friendships with Money: "It will be seen therefore, both from this discussion and from what we have said..."
Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian Renaissance historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer. He has often been called the founder of modern political science. He wrote his most cited work The Prince in 1513 after the Medici family recovered power in Florence. His views as a republican can be found in his Discourses on Livy.