Niccolò Machiavelli

How does Machiavelli view human nature?

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Machiavelli views human beings as being capricious at best. While humans are given to virtuous actions and noble ideas, he espouses the belief that these virtues are quickly traded away in times of adversity. He also believes that the common masses do not have ambition and only those who have experienced some sort of power yearn for more of it.