From this arises the question Whether it is better to be loved rather than feared, or feared rather than loved. It might perhaps be answered that we should wish to be both but since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.
More Quotes from Niccoló Machiavelli:The prince who relies upon their words, without having otherwise provided for his security, is ruined for friendships that are won by awards, and not by greatness and nobility of soul, although deserved, yet are not real, and cannot be depended upon in time of adversity.
He who owes least to fortune is in the strongest position.
He who has not first laid his foundations may be able with great ability to lay them afterwards, but they will be laid with trouble to the architect and danger to the building.
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.
The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow.
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