Key Insights From:
- The prince cannot be all virtue and no vice—he must learn to use necessary vices strategically.
- Princes who hope to appear liberal will appear mean; those who are mean will be remembered as liberal.
- It’s better to be both loved and feared, but if you must choose, being feared is more effective.
- It’s better to be feared than to be loved, but it’s vital to avoid being hated.
- Keep flatterers at bay by taking counsel with a small, trusted inner circle and prohibiting advice from anyone beyond that group.
- Those princes who try to stay neutral toward neighbors won’t be princes much longer.