Better than love

From the archives, a quote by Niccolo Machiavelli-

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.

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  • futiledemocracy  On May 23, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Fortunately, times have changed.

  • you12  On May 24, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Fear is a two way street, when others don’t fear you, well thats it. Thats why “love” works.

    If you want to sell poison, sell it as sugar and not as poison. Thats what every politician does these days.

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