Niccolo MachiavelliNiccolo Machiavelli, (1469-1527) Italian Statesman and Political Philosopher

Niccolo Machiavelli Quote

“Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if they are to be observed, have need of good morals.”

Niccolo MachiavelliNiccolo Machiavelli
~ Niccolo Machiavelli

Ratings and Comments

Joe, Rochester, MI

Most laws in our country have no moral or principled foundation. They are simply the whim of some legislator trying to make some group of people feel better.

Mike, Norwalk

Governmentally compelled compliance(s) (slavery) and victimless crimes are rule ('law') enforced immorality.

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

There are too many ways to interpret this to be a good quote... some would make it a good quote with good insight, and others would show it to be just babel... and when there is not clarity, it is not a good quote.

Ken, Allyn, WA

If someone has good morals, there is no need for laws to enforce them. The law is there to deal with the immoral who would impose their immorality on the rest of us. Conversely, if a law is not based on the morality of society, we have no obligation to observe it. They are simply means of controlling otherwise free men and are, therefore, immoral laws.

Mike, Norwalk

By way of explanation: ancient Hebrew morals were based on law (law was the foundation of societal jurisprudence); ancient Greek laws were based on morals (the weakness there, every individual has different morals). The U.S. founders (being well educated in Locke, Blackstone, and the earliest Greek philosophers at natural law) took in to account the plethora of information on Greek natural law (as well as the historical debates thereon, applications thereof, the logic and reasoning on the subject, etc.) and inverted the system to mirror the ancient Hebrew understandings. By way of example: murder is anti-law as well as immoral. Morality can not be lawfully legislated 'SO', legislation does not define the morality of murder, legislation defines the lawfulness / illegality of murder (morality is a defining result of the lawful / illegal). Man's tools (codes, ordinances, regulations, rules, statutes, etc.) are, at natural law, merely definitions to the law endowed by the Creator of the universe - for man's temporal administrations (1st degree, 2nd degree, man slaughter, etc.) The unconstitutional legal positivism that infests this once upon a time, nation of law, is immoral, never considering the 'law' of a thing but only the statist theocracy's control by canon.

Ron w13, Or

Just laws are observed . This is evident in all of nature.

Ron w13, Or

The ancient Hebrew text, part of the rock we stand on. Moral code at natural law. 12 is the number of Gods government. As also the order of the heavens. 360* in the circle. 12 is a perfect number as also 3,4 and 10. Our founding fathers new well this order of things. The socialist and all else in this nation contrary to sound doctrine is sickening . Obviously the current administration does not want anybody to know the whole truth. Otherwise people would know the truth concerning natural law and the God of nature and his finger prints. Well said Mike.

jim k, austin tx

Joe, Rochester, I agree. And also laws are passed to buy votes and please lobbyists.


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