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If one sticks too rigidly to one’s principles, one would hardly see anybody.’ 

Agatha Christie

 

‘To remain young one must change.’ 

– Alexander Chase

 

‘The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.’

– Alfred North Whitehead

 

‘Let a man turn to his own childhood-no further-if he will renew his sense of remoteness, and of the mystery of change.’

– Alice Meynell

 

‘Never swap horses crossing a stream’ 

– American Proverb

 

‘One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life.’

– Anatole France

 

‘Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.’

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

‘Society can only pursue its normal course by means of a certain progression of changes.’

– Anonymous

 

‘If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.’ 

– Anonymous

 

‘Man would be “otherwise.” That’s the essence of the specifically human.’ 

– Antonio Machado

 

‘Variety is the soul of pleasure.’ 

– Aphra Behn

 

‘Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.’ 

– Arthur Christopher Benson

 

‘Readjusting is a painful process, but most of us need it at one time or another.’ 

– Arthur Christopher Benson

 

‘The absurd man is he who never changes.’ 

– Auguste Barthelemy

 

‘We measure success and depth by length and time, but it is possible to have a deep relationship that doesn’t always stay the same.’

– Barbara Hershey

 

‘Change is inevitable in a progressive society. Change is constant.’ 

– Benjamin Disraeli

 

‘Some people are still unaware that reality contains unparalleled beauties. The fantastic and unexpected, the ever-changing and renewing is nowhere so exemplified as in real life itself.’

– Berenice Abbott

 

‘Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.’

– Bertolt Brecht

 

‘Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.’

Bertrand Russell

 

‘We can say “Peace on Earth.” We can sing about it, preach about it or pray about it, but if we have not internalized the mythology to make it happen inside us, then it will not be.’

Betty Shabazz

 

‘Continuity in everything is unpleasant.’ 

– Blaise Pascal

 

‘When you’re through changing, you’re through.’ 

– Bruce Barton

 

‘All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.’ 

– C. S. Lewis

 

‘The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.’

– Carl Rogers

 

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‘We emphasize that we believe in change because we were born of it, we have lived by it, we prospered and grew great by it. So the status quo has never been our god, and we ask no one else to bow down before it.’

– Carl T. Rowan

 

‘Impermanence is the law of the universe.’ 

– Carlene Hatcher Polite

 

‘The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.’ 

– Charles F. Kettering

 

‘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

 

‘The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form … happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.’

– Charles L. Morgan

 

‘What is more enthralling to the human mind than this splendid, boundless, colored mutability!-Life in the making?’

– David Grayson

 

‘I have found that sitting in a place where you have never sat before can be inspiring.’

– Dodie Smith

 

‘Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure.’ 

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

‘Change is the watchword of progression. When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new. This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb, and to seek the mountain view.’

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

‘All is change; all yields its place and goes.’ 

– Euripides

 

‘Change is the only evidence of life.’ 

– Evelyn Waugh

 

‘One of the dreariest spots on life’s road is the point of conviction that nothing will ever again happen to you.’

– Faith Baldwin

 

‘He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.’ 

– Francis Bacon

 

‘Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.’

– Francis Bacon

 

‘In all change, well looked into, the germinal good out-vails the apparent ill.’ 

– Francis Thompson

 

‘Everything passes; everything wears out; everything breaks.’ 

– French proverb

 

‘Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one’s own unnecessary vegetation.’

– Gail Sheehy

 

‘When people shake their heads because we are living in a restless age, ask them how they would like to life in a stationary one, and do without change.’

– George Bernard Shaw

 

‘Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.’

– George Bernard Shaw

 

‘Life is measured by the rapidity of change, the succession of influences that modify the being.’

– George Eliot

 

‘The old woman I shall become will be quite different from the woman I am now. Another I is beginning.’

– George Sand

 

‘In a moving world re-adaptation is the price of longevity.’ 

– George Santayana

 

‘Nothing in this world is permanent.’ 

– German proverb

 

‘We’re just getting started. We’re just beginning to meet what will be the future- we’ve got the Model T.’

– Grace Murray Hopper

 

‘Each new season grows from the leftovers from the past. That is the essence of change, and change is the basic law.’ 

– Hal Borland

 

‘To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.’

– Henri Bergson

 

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‘Things do not change; we change.’ 

– Henry David Thoreau

 

‘All things must change to something new, to something strange.’ 

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

‘Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place. … New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. … The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects.’

– Henry Ward Beecher

 

‘It is in changing that things find purpose.’ 

– Heraclitus

 

‘Nothing is permanent but change.’ 

– Heraclitus

 

‘Everything flows, nothing stays still.’ 

– Heraclitus

 

‘A living thing is distinguished from a dead thing by the multiplicity of the changes at any moment taking place in it.’

– Herbert Spencer

 

‘The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future.’

– Hillary Rodham Clinton

 

‘Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.’

– Hugh Prather

 

‘Life is always at some turning point.’ 

– Irwin Edman

 

‘Everything changes but change.’ 

– Israel Zangwill

 

‘The time is ripe, and rotten-ripe, for change; then let it come.’ 

– James Russell Lowell

 

‘O visionary world, condition strange, Where naught abiding is but only change.’ 

– James Russell Lowell

 

‘The basic fact of today is the tremendous.’ 

Jawaharlal Nehru

 

‘There is not a single ill-doer who could not be turned to some good.’

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

 

‘I’m tired of playing worn-out depressing ladies in frayed bathrobes. I’m going to get a new hairdo and look terrific and go back to school and even if nobody notices, I’m going to be the most self-fulfilled lady on the block.’

Joanne Woodward

 

‘We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.’ 

– Johann von Goethe

 

‘Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.’ 

– Johann von Goethe

 

‘Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.’ 

John Dewey

 

‘Change is the law of life.’ 

– John F. Kennedy

 

‘The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.’ 

– John F. Kennedy

 

‘Everything changes but change itself.’ 

– John F. Kennedy

 

‘To live is to change, and to be perfect is to change often.’ 

– John Henry Cardinal Newman

 

‘If folks can learn to be racist, then they can learn to be antiracist. If being sexist ain’t genetic, then, dad gum, people can learn about gender equality.’

– Johnnetta Betsch Cole

 

‘For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity.’

– Joyce Cary

 

‘All love shifts and changes. I don’t know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time.’

Julie Andrews

 

‘Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.’ 

– Karen Kaiser Clark

 

‘A person needs at intervals to separate himself from family and companions and go to new places. He must go without his familiars in order to be open to influences, to change.’

– Katharine Butler Hathaway

 

‘None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting to change all the tenor of our lives.’

– Kathleen Norris

 

‘I’ve learned that you’ll never be disappointed if you always keep an eye on uncharted territory, where you’ll be challenged and growing and having fun.’

Kirstie Alley

 

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‘The most amazing thing about little children … was their fantastic adaptability.’

– Kristin Hunter

 

‘People change and forget to tell each other.’ 

– Lillian Hellman

 

‘The old order changeth, yielding place to new.’ 

– Lord Alfred Tennyson

 

‘I am not now That which I have been.’ 

– Lord Byron

 

‘We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.’

– Marcel Proust

 

‘For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.’

– Marcus Annaeus Seneca

 

‘Why do we shrink from change? What can come into being save by change?’ 

Marcus Aurelius

 

‘There is change in all things. You yourself are subject to continual change and some decay, and this is common to the entire universe.’

– Marcus Aurelius

 

‘The mind of the most logical thinker goes so easily from one point to another that it is not hard to mistake motion for progress.’

– Margaret Collier Graham

 

‘The things we fear most in organizations-fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances- are the primary sources of creativity.’

– Margaret J. Wheatley

 

‘No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.’

– Marilyn Ferguson

 

‘I’ve learned only that you never say never.’ 

– Marina von Neumann Whitman

 

‘Fluidity and discontinuity are central to the reality in which we live.’ 

– Mary Bateson

 

‘It’s quite possible to leave your home for a walk in the early morning air and return a different person- beguiled, enchanted.’

– Mary Chase

 

‘On the human chessboard, all moves are possible.’

 – Miriam Schiff

 

‘Impermanence is the very essence of joy-the drop of bitterness that enables one to perceive the sweet.’

– Myrtle Reed

 

‘When you have a baby, you set off an explosion in your marriage, and when the dust settles, your marriage is different from what it was. Not better, necessarily; not worse, necessarily; but different.’

Nora Ephron

 

‘There are people who not only strive to remain static themselves, but strive to keep everything else so … their position is almost laughably hopeless.’

– Odell Shepard

 

‘Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.’ 

– Oscar Wilde

 

‘Always! That is the dreadful word … it is a meaningless word, too.’ 

– Oscar Wilde

 

‘All things change, nothing is extinguished.’ 

– Ovid

 

‘Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.’

– Pauline R. Kezer

 

‘You must change in order to survive.’ 

– Pearl Bailey

 

‘Time, in the turning-over of days, works change for better or worse.’ 

– Pindar

 

‘I’ve never met a person, I don’t care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don’t care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life anytime he is prepared and’

– Preston Bradley

 

‘Change does not change tradition. It strengthens it. Change is a challenge and an opportunity, not a threat.’

– Prince Phillip of England

 

‘Where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.’

Rabindranath Tagore

 

‘Our being is continually undergoing and entering upon changes. … We must, strictly speaking, at every moment give each other up and let each other go and not hold each other back.’

– Rainer Maria Rilke

 

‘There are no permanent changes because change itself is permanent.’ 

– Ralph L. Woods

 

‘We change, whether we like it or not.’ 

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

‘Turbulence is a life force. It is opportunity. Let’s love turbulence and use it for change.’

– Ramsay Clark

 

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‘Wherever we are, it is but a stage on the way to somewhere else, and whatever we do, however well we do it, it is only a preparation to do something else that shall be different.’

Robert Louis Stevenson

 

‘The healthy being craves an occasional wildness, a jolt from normality, a sharpening of the edge of appetite, his own little festival of the Saturnalia, a brief excursion from his way of life.’

– Robert Maclver

 

‘There is nobody who totally lacks the courage to change.’ 

– Rollo May

 

‘Someday change will be accepted as life itself.’ 

Shirley MacLaine

 

‘I realized that if what we call human nature can be changed, then absolutely anything is possible. And from that moment, my life changed.’

– Shirley MacLaine

 

‘The moral world is as little exempt as the physical world from the law of ceaseless change, of perpetual flux.’

– Sir James Frazer

 

‘All bonafide revolutions are of necessity revolutions of the spirit.’ 

– Sonia Johnson

 

‘What is actual is actual only for one time, and only for one place.’ 

– T. S. Eliot

 

‘Would that life were like the shadow cast by a wall or a tree, but it is like the shadow of a bird in flight.’

– Talmud

 

‘Change the fabric of your own soul and your own visions, and you change all.’ 

– Vachel Lindsay

 

‘A woman’s life can really be a succession of lives, each revolving around some emotionally compelling situation or challenge, and each marked off by some intense experience.’

– Wallis Simpson

 

‘There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have 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

 

‘Revolutions are not made; they come.’ 

– Wendell Phillips

 

‘Weep not that the world changes- did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were a cause indeed to weep.’

– William Cullen Bryant

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