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Niccolò Machiavelli
“But a man is not often found sufficiently circumspect to know how to accommodate himself to the change, both because he cannot deviate from what nature inclines him to do, and also because, having always prospered by acting in one way, he cannot be persuaded that it is well to leave it; and, therefore, the cautious man, when it is time to turn adventurous, does not know how to do it, hence he is ruined; but had he changed his conduct with the times fortune would not have changed.”
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

Arthur Conan Doyle
“I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories: Volumes I and II

Guy Kawasaki
“We were so enchanted by our own product that we could not understand why everyone else did not feel the same way. That’s when I learned that one must understand what people are thinking, feeling, and believing in order to enchant them.”
Guy Kawasaki, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions

James P. Carse
“Explanation sets the need for further inquiry aside; narrative invites us to rethink what we thought we knew.”
James P. Carse, Finite and Infinite Games

Colin Bryar
“You can’t outsource a customized, integrated, end-to-end experience.”
Colin Bryar, Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon

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