Niccolo Machiavelli — Italian Writer born on May 03, 1469, died on June 21, 1527

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was an Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer, who is recognized as the founder of modern political science and political ethics... (wikipedia)

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
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. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.
Never was anything great achieved without danger.