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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Thinkquote of the day: Machiavelli

It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly for fear of their adversaries, who have the laws in their favor; and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.
Niccolè Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter 6


Sure, sure, Machiavelli was amoral, but on this point he was not wrong.

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