“But he had two qualities that disqualified him for political leadership — he saw both sides of every question and he was incapable of hate.”
Claude G. Bowers describing a US Congressman in his book
The Tragic Era — The Revolution After Lincoln
I found this quote interesting because I remembered reading a quote once on Woodrow Wilson that he was such a “good hater,” and in my mind I connected the two sentiments.
There is a certain amount of Machiavellian sense in the idea that in order for a politician to be successful he must be a good hater. It fits right in with Machiavelli’s advice that it is better for a Prince to be feared than loved.