Change
process, event or action that deviates from the present state
Change is to become something different or to make something into something else.

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J'avais vu les grands, mais je n'avais pas vu les petits.
Nè spegner può per star nell'acqua il foco;
Nè può stato mutar per mutar loco.
Joy comes and goes, hope ebbs and flows
Like the wave;
Change doth unknit the tranquil strength of men.
Love lends life a little grace,
A few sad smiles; and then,
Both are laid in one cold place,
In the grave.
Matthew Arnold, A Question, Stanza 1. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
Il n'y a rien de changé en France; il n'y a qu'un Français de plus.
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, IV, 3
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Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced. … Most of us are about as eager to change as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.
James Baldwin in "As Much Truth As One Can Bear" in The New York Times Book Review (14 January 1962); as quoted in Wisdom for the Soul : Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing (2006) by Larry Chang, p. 114
Never underestimate change. What seems simple at the top is magnified at lower echelons and is extremely disruptive. It is a festering crisis that needs attention from senior management or else loyalty, efficiency, and productivity will suffer.
Wheeler L. Baker, Crisis Management: A Model for Managers (1993), p. 11
The business changes. The technology changes. The team changes. The team members change. The problem isn't change, per se, because change is going to happen; the problem, rather, is the inability to cope with change when it comes.
Kent Beck (2000), Extreme programming explained: embrace change. p. 28
Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
Bertolt Brecht, as quoted in Dictionary of Contemporary Quotations (1976) by John Gordon Burke and Ned Kehde, p. 224, also in The Book of Positive Quotations (2007) by John Cook, p. 390
Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure.
Robert Browning, Rabbi Ben Ezra, Stanza 27. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
Weep not that the world changes—did it keep
A stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.
William Cullen Bryant, Mutation. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
A change came o'er the spirit of my dream.
Lord Byron, The Dream (1816), Stanza 3
And one by one in turn, some grand mistake
Casts off its bright skin yearly like the snake.
Lord Byron, Don Juan (1818-24), Canto V, Stanza 21
Full from the fount of Joy's delicious springs
Some bitter o'er the flowers its bubbling venom flings.
Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto I (1812), Stanza 82
How chang'd since last her speaking eye
Glanc'd gladness round the glitt'ring room,
Where high-born men were proud to wait—
Where Beauty watched to imitate.
Lord Byron, Parisina, Stanza 10, in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
I am not now
That which I have been.
Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto IV (1818), Stanza 185
Shrine of the mighty! can it be,
That this is all remains of thee?
Lord Byron, The Giaour (1813), line 106
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The world was changing, and it wouldn’t change back.
Jack Cady, The Night We Buried Road Dog (originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, January 1993; reprinted in The Year's Best Science Fiction, volume 11, edited by Gardner Dozois)
Change is the only constant.
To-day is not yesterday: we ourselves change; how can our Works and Thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed, is painful; yet ever needful; and if Memory have its force and worth, so also has Hope.
Thomas Carlyle, Essays, Characteristics.in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change.
Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland, as quoted in Douglas Macleane, Reason, Thought, and Language; Or, The Many and the One : A Revised System of Logical Doctrine in Relation to the Forms of Idiomatic Discourse (1906)
Tempora mutantur
Sancho Panza by name is my own self, if I was not changed in my cradle.
Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (1605-15), Part II, Chapter XXX
We only have to look around us to see how complexity and psychic temperature are still rising: and rising no longer on the scale of the individual but now on that of the planet. This indication is so familiar to us that we cannot but recognize the objective, experiential, reality of a transformation of the planet as a whole.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Heart of Matter (1950)
An id exploratum cuiquam potest esse, quomodo sese habitarum sit corpus, non dico ad annum sed ad vesperam?
Non tam commutandarum, quam evertendarum rerum cupidi.
Nihil est aptius ad delectationem lectoris quam temporum varietates fortunæque vicissitudines.
Nemo doctus unquam (multa autem de hoc genere scripta sunt) mutationem consili inconstantiam dixit esse.
Asperius nihil est humili cum surgit in altum.
Still ending, and beginning still.
William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book III, line 627
There are very powerful forces in the world who see things in different ways. It always has been like that and that habit of seeing things in a particular way has become institutionalized and the habit, the conditioning is so strong, the glamour goes so deep, that humanity as a whole... is going to take a long time and with much heart searching to find a consensus. So you should not look for dramatic changes in the immediate future. The changes will take place bit by bit with the minimum of upset, the minimum destruction or conflict in the societies of the world, so that it is acceptable. Whatever is acceptable will be implemented. What is not acceptable... will be held over until it is acceptable and it will only be acceptable when trust is created. That trust will be created by the economic change, the number one change, the answer to all our problems really, the starting part of the answer to all our problems is in the change in the economic redistribution of the world's resources, which... the masters written over and over again is the key to all further changes because it creates trust and when you create trust, all things become possible. Then you get changes in the political field, changes in the political field make changes in the economic field easier and these make easier changes in the purely practical field of looking after the planet.
Benjamin Creme speaking about Unity, (2001)
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On commence par être dupe,
On finit par être fripon.
Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast.
Charles Dickens in Martin Chuzzlewit, Chapter 18 (1844)
Change is inevitable in a progressive country,
Change is constant.
Benjamin Disraeli, Edinburgh (Oct. 29, 1867). in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
In a progressive country change is constant;… change … is inevitable.
Benjamin Disraeli, Speech on Reform Bill of 1867, Edinburgh, Scotland (1867-10-29); reported in Selected Speeches of the Late Right Honourable the Earl of Beaconsfield, ed. T. E. Kebbel (1882), vol. 2, part 4, p. 487
Will change the Pebbles of our puddly thought
To Orient Pearls.
Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas, Divine Weekes and Workes, Second Week, Third Day, Part 1. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
The times they are a-changin'
Bob Dylan, The Times They Are a-Changin'
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Change based on principle is progress. Constant change without principle becomes chaos.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Address at the Cow Palace on Accepting the Nomination of the Republican National Convention (August 23, 1956). Source: Eisenhower Presidential Library. Archived from the original on January 25, 2021.
Motion or change, and identity or rest, are the first and second secrets of nature: Motion and Rest. The whole code of her laws may be written on the thumbnail, or the signet of a ring.
Ralph Waldo Emerson in "Nature", Essays, Second Series (1844)
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We are at a very exciting moment in history, perhaps a turning point, said Ilya Prigogine, who won the 1977 Nobel prize for a theory that describes transformations, not only in the physical sciences but also in society—the role of stress and "perturbations" that can thrust us into a new, higher order. Science, he said, is proving the reality of a deep cultural vision. The poets and philosophers were right in their intimations of an open, creative universe. Transformation, innovation, evolution—these are the natural responses to crisis. The crises of our time, it becomes increasingly clear, are the necessary impetus for the revolution now under way. And once we understand nature's transformative powers, we see that it is our powerful ally, not a force to be feared or subdued. Our pathology is our opportunity.
Marilyn Ferguson in The Aquarian Conspiracy, Chapter 1 (1980)
In every age, said scientist-philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, man has proclaimed himself at a turning point in history. " A n d to a certain extent, as he is advancing on a rising spiral, he has not been wrong. But there are moments when this impression of transformation becomes accentuated and is thus particularly justified." Teilhard prophesied the phenomenon central to this book: a conspiracy of men and women whose new perspective would trigger a critical contagion of change. Throughout history virtually all efforts to remake society began by altering its outward form and organization.
Marilyn Ferguson in The Aquarian Conspiracy, Chapter 1 (1980)
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~ Anatole France
Tous les changements, même les plus souhaités ont leur mélancolie, car ce que nous quittons, c'est une partie de nous-mêmes; il faut mourir à une vie pour entrer dans une autre.
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It takes 11 guys to change the world. It takes five to change a university.
Robert P. George, interview with Bill Kristol (April 2016), transcript
H
The times change, and we change with them.
English variant of traditional Latin:
Tempora mutantur nos et mutamur in illis
Omnia mutantur nos et mutamur in illis
Illa vices quasdam res habet, illa vices.
All things are changed, and we change with them
that matter has some changements, it (does have) changements (colloquially, that matter changes is demonstrated by the changes in matter)
Attributed by Matthew Borbonius as the motto of Lothair I
Nothing endures but change.
Heraclitus, quoted in Lives of the Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius
You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.
Heraclitus, Fragment 41, quoted by Plato in Cratylus
Good to the heels the well-worn slipper feels
When the tired player shuffles off the buskin;
A page of Hood may do a fellow good
After a scolding from Carlyle or Ruskin.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., How not to Settle It. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
Nor can one word be chang'd but for a worse.
Homer, The Odyssey, Book VIII, line 192. Pope's translation. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.
Richard Hooker, as quoted in the preface of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language (1755)
Non si male nunc et olim
Sic erit.
Plerumque gratæ divitibus vices.
Non sum qualis eram.
Amphora cœpit
Institui; currente rota cur urceus exit?
Quo teneam vultus mutantem Protea nodo?
Quod petiit spernit, repetit quod nuper omisit.
Diruit, ædificat, mutat quadrata rotundis.
Optat ephippia bos piger, optat arare caballus.
Deus hæc fortasse benigna
Reducet in sedem vice.
Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, "We've always done it this way." I try to fight that. That's why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.
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There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in travelling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position, and be bruised in a new place.
Washington Irving, Tales of a Traveler (1824), Preface, p. 7
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So many great nobles, things, administrations,
So many high chieftains, so many brave nations.
So many proud princes, and power so splendid,
In a moment, a twinkling, all utterly ended.
Jacopone, De Contemptu Mundi. Abraham Coles, Translation in "Old Gems in New Settings." P. 75
As the rolling stone gathers no moss, so the roving heart gathers no affections.
Mrs. Jameson, Studies, Detached Thoughts, Sternberg's Novels. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
Some people react to fear by seeking security, change, control. The rest accept the change and just go on about their lives.
N. K. Jemisin, Non-Zero Probabilities - Originally published in "Clarkesworld magazine" Issue 36, September 2009
Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?
Jeremiah, XIII. 23. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
He is no wise man that will quit a certainty for an uncertainty.
Samuel Johnson, The Idler, No. 57. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
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Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Alphonse Karr, Les Guêpes, January 1849, vi
The world goes up and the world goes down.
And the sunshine follows the rain;
And yesterday's sneer and yesterday's frown
Can never come over again.
Charles Kingsley, Songs, II. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
Change tends to fill people with this incredible fear.
Rem Koolhaas, Smithsonian Magazineinterview (2012)
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Coups de fourches ni d'étrivières,
Ne lui font changer de manières.
They met with cold words, and yet colder looks:
Each was changed in himself, and yet each thought
The other only changed, himself the same.
Letitia Elizabeth Landon, The London Literary Gazette (23rd August 1823), 'Change'
The pleasure of change is opposed by that of habit ; and if we love best that to which we are accustomed, we like best that which is new.
Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality (1831), Vol. III, Chapter 1
It has nothing to do with being anti-gay, or anti-black, or anti-Latino, or anything like that. Latino characters should stay Latino. The Black Panther should certainly not be Swiss. I just see no reason to change that which has already been established when it’s so easy to add new characters. I say create new characters the way you want to. Hell, I’ll do it myself.
Stan Lee "STAN LEE Talks Big Screen SPIDER-MAN Depiction" Jim McLauchlin, Newsarama, June 22, 2015.
Time fleeth on,
Youth soon is gone,
Naught earthly may abide;
Life seemeth fast,
But may not last—
It runs as runs the tide.
Charles Godfrey Leland, Many in One, Part II, Stanza 21. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
I do not allow myself to suppose that either the convention or the League, have concluded to decide that I am either the greatest or the best man in America, but rather they have concluded it is not best to swap horses while crossing the river, and have further concluded that I am not so poor a horse that they might not make a botch of it in trying to swap.
Abraham Lincoln, to a delegation of the National Union League who congratulated him on his nomination as the Republican candidate for President, June 9, 1864. As given by J. F. Rhodes—Hist. of the U. S. from the Compromise of 1850, Volume IV, p. 370. Same in Nicolay and Hay Lincoln's Complete Works, Volume II, p. 532. Different version in Appleton's Cyclopedia. Raymond—Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln, Chapter XVIII, p. 500. (Ed. 1865) says Lincoln quotes an old Dutch farmer, "It was best not to swap horses when crossing a stream".
All things must change
To something new, to something strange.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Kéramos (1878), line 32
But the nearer the dawn the darker the night,
And by going wrong all things come right;
Things have been mended that were worse,
And the worse, the nearer they are to mend.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863-1874), The Baron of St. Castine, line 265
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Omnia mortali mutantur lege creata,
Nec se cognoscunt terræ vertentibus annis,
Et mutant variam faciem per sæcula gentes.
You can’t hate change. It’s like hating life.
Paul J. McAuley, Elves of Antarctica (2016), in Jonathan Strahan (ed.) Drowned Worlds (e-book edition, ISBN 978-1-84997-930-6)
Why are they [people] more likely to listen to people who tell them they can't make changes than they are to people who tell them they can?
Donella Meadows, Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008, page 169 (ISBN 9781603580557).
Do not think that years leave us and find us the same!
Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton), Lucile (1860), Part II, Canto II, Stanza 3
Weary the cloud falleth out of the sky,
Dreary the leaf lieth low.
All things must come to the earth by and by,
Out of which all things grow.
Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton), The Wanderer, Earth's Havings, Book III. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
The past is being ground to pieces by the mill of inexorable, incomprehensible change.
Hans Meyerhoff, Time in Literature (1955)
In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds
On half the nations, and with fear of change
Perplexes monarchs.
John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667; 1674), Book I, line 597
To-morrow to fresh woods, and pastures new.
John Milton, Lycidas, line 193. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
Nous avons changé tout cela.
Saturninus said, "Comrades, you have lost a good captain to make him an ill general."
Michel de Montaigne, Of Vanity, Book III, Chapter IX. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
All that's bright must fade,—
The brightest still the fleetest;
All that's sweet was made
But to be lost when sweetest.
Thomas Moore, National Airs, All That's Bright Must Fade. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
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Growth is the only evidence of life.
John Henry Newman, Apologia pro Vita Sua (1864)
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Nothing is permanent in all the world.
All things are fluent; every image forms,
Wandering through change. ~ Ovid
Omnia mutantur, nihil interit.
Nihil est toto, quod perstet, in orbe.
Cuncta fluunt, omnisque vagans formatur imago.
Nothing is permanent in all the world.
All things are fluent; every image forms,
Wandering through change.
Ovid, Metamorphoses (Transformations), Book XV, lines 177–178 (trans. R. Humphries)
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My merry, merry, merry roundelay
Concludes with Cupid's curse,
They that do change old love for new,
Pray gods, they change for worse!
George Peele, Cupid's Curse; from The Arraignment of Paris. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
Let us convert this night we are breathing together to a bright morning.
Suman Pokhrel, Let Us Renovate this Night
Till Peter's keys some christen'd Jove adorn,
And Pan to Moses lends his Pagan horn.
Alexander Pope, The Dunciad (1728 to 1743), Book III, line 109
See dying vegetables life sustain,
See life dissolving vegetate again;
All forms that perish other forms supply;
(By turns we catch the vital breath and die).
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle III, line 15
Alas! in truth, the man but chang'd his mind,
Perhaps was sick, in love, or had not dined.
Alexander Pope, Moral Essays (1731-35), Epistle I, Part II
Manners with Fortunes, Humours turn with Climes,
Tenets with Books, and Principles with Times.
Alexander Pope, Moral Essays (1731-35), Epistle I, Part II
Debout, les damnés de la terre
Debout, les forçats de la faim
La raison tonne en son cratère
C'est l'éruption de la fin
Du passé faisons table rase
Foule esclave, debout, debout
Le monde va changer de base
Nous ne sommes rien, soyons tout
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Tournoit les truies au foin.
If you want to change the world, change yourself.
Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1976)
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We are not powerless. We have tremendous potential for good or ill. How we choose to use that power is up to us; but first we must choose to use it. We're told every day, "You can't change the world." But the world is changing every day. Only question is...who's doing it? You or somebody else? ~ J. Michael Straczynski
In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
Carl Sagan (1987) Keynote address at CSICOP conference, as quoted in Do Science and the Bible Conflict? (2003) by Judson Poling, p. 30
True change is evolutionary, not revolutionary. It is futile for political systems to force human beings to cooperate or construct social bonding structures. People already do that, naturally; it is evident in our evolutionary history.
Quote in In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action by L.K. Samuels, Cobden Press, (2013) p. 348
Corporis et fortunæ bonorum ut initium finis est. Omnia orta occidunt, et orta senescunt.
With every change his features play'd,
As aspens show the light and shade.
Walter Scott, Rokeby (1813), Canto III, Stanza 5
As hope and fear alternate chase
Our course through life's uncertain race.
Walter Scott, Rokeby (1813), Canto VI, Stanza 2
When change itself can give no more,
'Tis easy to be true.
Sir Charles Sedley, Reasons for Constancy. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
Hereditary
Rather than purchased; what he cannot change,
Than what he chooses.
William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra (1600s), Act I, scene 4, line 14
This world is not for aye, nor 'tis not strange
That even our loves should with our fortunes change. -
William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act III, scene 2, line 210
That we would do,
We should do when we would; for this "would" changes
And hath abatements and delays as many
As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents;
And then this "should" is like a spendthrift sigh,
That hurts by easing.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act IV, scene 7, line 119
The love of wicked men converts to fear;
That fear to hate, and hate turns one or both
To worthy danger and deserved death.
William Shakespeare, Richard II (c. 1595), Act V, scene 1, line 65
All things that we ordained festival,
Turn from their office to black funeral;
Our instruments to melancholy bells,
Our wedding cheer to a sad burial feast,
Our solemn hymns to sullen dirges change,
Our bridal flowers serve for a buried corse,
And all things change them to the contrary.
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (1597), Act IV, scene 5, line 84
I am not so nice,
To change true rules for old inventions.
William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew (c. 1593-94), Act III, scene 1, line 80
Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
William Shakespeare, The Tempest (c. 1610-1612), Act I, scene 2, line 396
Life may change, but it may fly not;
Hope may vanish, but can die not;
Truth be veiled, but still it burneth;
Love repulsed,—but it returneth.
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Hellas, semi-chorus. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
Men must reap the things they sow,
Force from force must ever flow,
Or worse; but 'tis a bitter woe
That love or reason cannot change.
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lines Written among the Euganean Hills, line 232. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
Nought may endure but Mutability.
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mutability. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
Neither to change, nor falter, nor repent;
This, like thy glory, Titan! is to be
Good, great, and joyous, beautiful and free;
This is alone Life, Joy, Empire and Victory.
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus, Act IV. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
We have an obligation to one another, responsibilities and trusts. That does not mean we must be pigeons, that we must be exploited. But it does mean that we should look out for one another when and as much as we can; and that we have a personal responsibility for our behavior; and that our behavior has consequences of a very real and profound nature. We are not powerless. We have tremendous potential for good or ill. How we choose to use that power is up to us; but first we must choose to use it. We're told every day, "You can't change the world." But the world is changing every day. Only question is...who's doing it? You or somebody else?
J. Michael Straczynski (1995-04-07). "At The Midpoint (Spoilers for everything)". rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated​. (Google Groups).
This sad vicissitude of things.
Laurence Sterne, Sermons, XVI. The Character of Shimel. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
The life of any one can by no means be changed after death; an evil life can in no wise be converted into a good life, or an infernal into an angelic life: because every spirit, from head to foot, is of the character of his love, and therefore, of his life; and to convert this life into its opposite, would be to destroy the spirit utterly.
Emanuel Swedenborg, Heaven and Hell, 527. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
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Corpora lente augescent, cito extinguuntur.
Not in vain the distance beacons. Forward, forward let us range.
Let the great world spin forever down the ringing grooves of change.
Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall (1835, published 1842), Stanza 91. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
Change is not merely necessary to life — it is life.
Alvin Toffler, Future Shock‎ (1970), p. 304
Is humanity ready for a transformation of consciousness, an inner flowering so radical and profound that compared to it the flowering of plants, no matter how beautiful, is only a pale reflection? Can human beings lose the density of their conditioned mind structures and become like crystals or precious stones, so to speak, transparent to the light of consciousness? Can they defy the gravitational pull of materialism and materiality and rise above identification with form that keeps the ego in place and condemns them to imprisonment within their own personality? p. 8
Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (2005)
Most ancient religions and spiritual traditions share the common insight – that our “normal” state of mind is marred by a fundamental defect. However, out of this insight into the nature of the human condition – we may call it the bad news – arises a second insight: the good news of the possibility of a radical transformation of human consciousness. In Hindu teachings (and sometimes in Buddhism also), this transformation is called enlightenment. In the teachings of Jesus, it is salvation, and in Buddhism, it is the end of suffering. Liberation and awakening are other terms used to describe this transformation.
Eckhart Tolle, in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (2005)
The new spirituality, the transformation of consciousness, is arising to a large extent outside of the structures of the existing institutionalized religions. There were always pockets of spirituality even in mind dominated religions, although the institutionalized hierarchies felt threatened by them and often tried to suppress them.
Eckhart Tolle, in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (2005)
Until very recently, the transformation of human consciousness – also pointed to by the ancient teachers – was no more than a possibility, realized by a few rare individuals here and there, irrespective of cultural or religious background. A widespread flowering of human consciousness did not happen because it was not yet imperative. A significant portion of the earth’s population will soon recognize, if they haven’t already done so, that humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die.
Eckhart Tolle, in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (2005)
Se vogliamo che tutto rimanga come è, bisogna che tutto cambi.
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Change played in its new fashion with the world for twenty years. To most men the new things came little by little and day by day, remarkably enough, but not so abruptly as to overwhelm. ~ H. G. Wells
Change always involves a dark night when everything falls apart. Yet if this period of dissolution is used to create new meaning, then chaos ends and new order emerges. ~ Margaret Wheatley
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~ Harold Wilson
So, when a raging fever burns,
We shift from side to side by turns;
And 'tis a poor relief we gain
To change the place, but keep the pain.
Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Book II. 146. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
Change played in its new fashion with the world for twenty years. To most men the new things came little by little and day by day, remarkably enough, but not so abruptly as to overwhelm.
H. G. Wells, The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth (1904), Book III: The Harvest Of The Foodchapter, Ch. I : The Altered World
Change always involves a dark night when everything falls apart. Yet if this period of dissolution is used to create new meaning, then chaos ends and new order emerges.
Margaret Wheatley (2006) "Leadership Lessons for The Real World". Leader to Leader Magazine, Summer 2006
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
Harold Wilson, Speech to the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France (January 23, 1967); reported in The New York Times (January 24, 1967), p. 12
Let us go to war. The world has become stale and insipid, the ships ought to be all captured, and the cities battered down, and the world burned up, so that we can start again. There would be fun in that. Some interest, — something to talk about.
Editorial in the New York Journal of Commerce (August 1845)
Life is arched with changing skies:
Rarely are they what they seem:
Children we of smiles and sighs—
Much we know, but more we dream.
William Winter, Light and Shadow. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
There is, in the institutions of this country, one principle, which, had they no other excellence, would secure to them the preference over those of all other countries. I mean — and some devout patriots will start — I mean the principle of change.
I have used a word to which is attached an obnoxious meaning. Speak of change, and the world is in alarm. And yet where do we not see change? What is there in the physical world but change? And what would there be in the moral world without change?
Frances Wright, Independence Day speech at New Harmony (4 July 1828), sometimes noted as the first major public address by a woman to occur in the United States, as published in Course of Popular Lectures as Delivered by Frances Wright (1829) Address I, p. 171 - 182
In the moral world — that is, in the thoughts, and feelings, and inventions of men, change may certainly be either for the better or for the worse, or it may be for neither. Changes that are neither bad nor good can have regard only to trivial matters, and can be as little worthy of observation as of censure. Changes that are from better to worse can originate only in ignorance, and are ever amended so soon as experience has substantiated their mischief. Where men then are free to consult experience they will correct their practice, and make changes for the better. It follows, therefore, that the more free men are, the more changes they will make. In the beginning, possibly, for the worse; but most certainly in time for the better; until their knowledge enlarging by observation, and their judgment strengthening by exercise, they will find themselves in the straight, broad, fair road of improvement. Out of change, therefore, springs improvement; and the people who shall have imagined a peaceable mode of changing their institutions, hold a surety for their melioration. This surety is worth all other excellences. Better were the prospects of a people under the influence of the worst government who should hold the power of changing it, than those of a people under the best who should hold no such power.
Frances Wright, Independence Day speech at New Harmony (4 July 1828), sometimes noted as the first major public address by a woman to occur in the United States, as published in Course of Popular Lectures as Delivered by Frances Wright (1829) Address I, p. 171 - 182
"A jolly place," said he, "in times of old!
But something ails it now; the spot is curst."
William Wordsworth, Hart-leap Well, Part II. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
As high as we have mounted in delight
In our dejection do we sink as low.
William Wordsworth, Resolution and Independence, Stanza 4. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
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I heard the old, old men say,
"Every thing alters,
And one by one we drop away."
They had hands like claws, and their knees
Were twisted like the old thorn trees
By the waters.
I heard the old, old men say,
"All that's beautiful drifts away
Like the waters."
W. B. Yeats, The Old Men admiring themselves in the Water. in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93-96
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When the rate of change increases to the point that real time required to assimilate change exceeds the time in with change must be manifest, the enterprise is going to find itself in deep yohurt.
John Zachman (1994); reported in: Ronald G. Ross, Principles of the Business Rule Approach (2003), p. 35
See also
References
Caspar Huberinus: Postilla Deudsch, Frankfurt an der Oder 1554, fol. 354. Google
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