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Why Machiavelli Thinks It's Better To Be Feared Than Loved

I picked up 32 audiobooks recently including an audio copy of Machiavelli's The Prince.

It's always intrigued me as a book - it's really not so hardcore, given its reputation. It's a fairly straightforward, blunt book on political science, governance, and military science. The mystique and aura around it are primarily from people who haven't read it.

The most famous quote from the book, of course, is "Better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both."

But why?

I missed it the first couple times I read the book. This time I picked up on Machiavelli's point.

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