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Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear
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"Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear"

- Niccolo Machiavelli

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This quote is drawn out from the well-known publication "The Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli. In this book, Machiavelli suggests that a ruler should be feared by his people to maintain his authority. However, he also recommends that it is better for a leader to be enjoyed and also been afraid preferably. The above quote highlights the truth that individuals are less likely to upset a person they enjoy out of the concern of losing their love. On the other side, individuals are more likely to offend a person they fear with no remorse. Therefore, a ruler needs to strive to inspire love in his people to have their loyalty and also restrict the possibility of being betrayed or overthrown.

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Niccolo Machiavelli This quote is written / told by Niccolo Machiavelli between May 3, 1469 and June 21, 1527. He was a famous Writer from Italy. The author also have 47 other quotes.

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