Never listen to your opponent in a physical combat, observe and concentrate on his movement not his words which only have one intension; to distract you.
Remember that many men will hate you enough to take you with them, they are the most dangerous of all, they can run right under your sword and blind you with their thumbs. Don't assume safety until you are.
The victors will always be hated, it is the price we pay, if they love you, they will do what you want but when they want to do it. If they fear you they will do your will but when you want them to. So is it better to be loved or feared? You probably think both, adored and respected; this is an impossible trick if you’re occupying lands that are only yours by right of strength and blood, this doesn't always have to be. Life is never a simple problem from question to answer, there are always many answers.
Search your mind and listen to your own heart, find the answer from within first.