Machiavelli – Innovation quote… @shift_happens

19 Jun

Here???s Machiavelli on change and innovation:Machiavelli Principe Cover Page.jpg

And let it be noted that there is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more dangerous to conduct, nor more doubtful in its success, than to set up as a leader in the introduction of changes.  For he who innovates will have for his enemies all those who are well off under the existing order of things, and only the lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new.   This lukewarm temper arises partly from the fear of adversaries who have the laws on their side and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who will never admit the merit of anything new, until they have seen it proved by the event.

One Response to “Machiavelli – Innovation quote… @shift_happens”

  1. Anonymous June 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    Discovered this quote as it was tweeted at the Theatre Forum Conference in Ireland yesterday in response to the feelings in the room that were opposed to social network platforms and in particular – twitter – interesting quote that comes from the book ‘The Prince’ first written in 1498….

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