Niccolò Machiavelli : great philosopher. I love his work. Nice article 🙂
The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar. – Niccolò Machiavelli
What does that mean?
Here, the word ‘vulgar’ is used to imply a lack of refinement and sophistication in the people making up the bulk of the population. Restating the quote, it becomes “The unsophisticated people are always taken in by appearances, and the world consists mostly of the unsophisticated.”
With the quote restated, we now turn to the heart of the quote, appearances. This concept appears in other parts of his book, The Prince. He seems to be of the mind that it is more important to look good than to be good (or do good). He is also big on using deceit to fool people into believing one thing while the Prince does another.
When people look to appearances, they are looking at the superficial aspects of…
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