Machiavelli believes that the ends always justify the means, no matter how ruthless, calculating, or immoral those measures are. Although Tony Soprano and Shakespeare's Macbeth are well-known Machiavellian figures, the man whose name originated the phrase, Niccolo Machiavelli, did not follow his own cynical rule . Instead, when Machiavelli wrote The Prince, his astute guide to power in the 16th century, he was an exiled statesman vying for a position in the Florentine . It was his goal, as expressed in his works, that a powerful sovereign might restore Florence to its former grandeur.

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