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He would come in and say he changed his mind -- which was a gilded figure of speech, because he didn't have any. ~~ Mark Twain


A problem is something you have hopes of changing. Anything else is a fact of life. ~~ C. R. Smith


Why abandon a belief merely because it ceases to be true? Cling to it long enough, and … it will turn true again, for so it goes. Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor. ~~ Robert Frost


Some things, of course, you can't change. Pretending that you have is like painting stripes on a horse and hollering "Zebra!" ~~ Eddie Cantor


This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought. ~~ Lin Yutang


Fortune does not change men; it unmasks them. ~~ Madame Necker


The less things change, the more they remain the same. ~~ Sicilian proverb


Autumn leaves actually do not turn color. They lose one color, green, and show other colors they've had all along. The change is also caused more by the shortening of the days than by cooler weather. ~~ Deane Jordan [1,001 Facts Somebody Screwed Up]


The absurd man is he who never changes. ~~ August Barthelemy


Wherever you find people that want to change everything or nothing you will find trouble. ~~ Joe Moore


I didn't run to have a pleasant time. I ran to have the chance to change the country, and if the bad days come with it -- that's a part of life, and it's humbling and educational. It keeps you in your place. ~~ William Jefferson Clinton


[Asking to meet with Italian businessmen instead of government officials:] I want to talk to these people because they stay in power and you change all the time. ~~ Nikita S. Khrushchev


Lord, where we are wrong, make us willing to change; where we are right, make us easy to live with. ~~ Rev. Peter Marshall


If you want truly to understand something, try to change it. ~~ Kurt Lewin


Give me the strength to change the things I can, the grace to accept the things I cannot, and a great big bag of money. ~~ Unattributed


I never thought art could change things. To the degree that it's entertaining, it's got a use, but that's not the thing that changes people or countries or political systems, that's usually done through political action. ~~ Woody Allen


Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator and change has its enemies. ~~ Robert F. Kennedy


If you leave home for a while … you question the conventional wisdom you've grown up with. That doesn't mean you have to change your opinions or who you are, but it's good to ask the questions. ~~ Molly Ringwald


Change is not necessarily progress. ~~ Joe Moore


Nothing in the world lasts

Save eternal change. ~~ Honorat de Bueil, Marquis de Racan


Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in … Fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood. ~~ Peter Medawar


We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. ~~ Harrison Ford


Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better. ~~ Richard Hooker


Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better. ~~ Sydney J. Harris


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


It would be so nice if something made sense for a change. ~~ Alice in Wonderland (film, 1951)


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. ~~ Margaret Mead


People think that if [their abusive] parent apologizes, he'll turn into the person they needed him to be. He won't. An apology might help, but you can change your life without one. ~~ Robin Quivers


There is safety in numbers, mused the student as he changed his major from philosophy to accounting. ~~ Unattributed


Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found. ~~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh


There are periods in history when change is necessary, and other periods when it is better to keep everything for the time as it is. The art of life is to be in the rhythm of your age. ~~ Oswald Mosley


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


The reality is that many of the changes in science and technology are complex because of the complexity of them. ~~ Barry Jones


Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. ~~ Doug Larson


People are not essentially good, the sun doesn’t shine all the time, the deserving are rarely rewarded, and most of the power is in the hands of the wrong people … I can't change it and neither can you. ~~ Donald G. Smith


Love is an attempt to change a piece of a dream world into reality. ~~ Theodor Reik


A good sleep and some exercise changes many opinions. ~~ R. E. Phillips


If you can neither accept it or change it, try to laugh at it. ~~ Ashleigh Brilliant


Conservatism is the policy of "make no change and consult your grandmother when in doubt." ~~ Woodrow Wilson


When a man you like switches from what he said a year ago, or 4 years ago, he is a broad-minded person who has courage enough to change his mind with changing conditions. When a man you don't like does it, he is a liar who has broken his promises. ~~ Franklin P. Adams


The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects -- making it possible … to see a new beauty in what is vanishing. ~~ Susan Sontag


Laughter is like changing a baby's diaper -- it doesn't permanently solve any problems, but it makes things more acceptable for a while. ~~ Unattributed


Prayer may not change things for you, but it for sure changes you for things. ~~ Samuel M. Shoemaker


A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. ~~ Sir Winston Spencer Churchill


Change of opinion is often the progress of sound thought and growing knowledge. ~~ Unattributed


Nothing we can do can change the past, but everything we do changes the future. ~~ Ashleigh Brilliant


The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order. ~~ Alfred North Whitehead


The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything … or nothing. ~~ Lady Nancy Astor


All change represents loss of some kind; that's why some of us resist it so strongly. ~~ Unattributed


Physics does not change the nature of the world it studies, and no science of behavior can change the essential nature of man, even though both sciences yield technologies with a vast power to manipulate their subject matters. ~~ B. F. Skinner


To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. ~~ Henri Bergson


It's the most unhappy people who most fear change. ~~ Mignon McLaughlin


Keep constantly in mind in how many things you yourself have witnessed changes already. The universe is change, life is understanding. ~~ Marcus Aurelius


In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways. ~~ Edith Wharton


The sea never changes, and its works, for all the talk of men, are wrapped in mystery. ~~ Joseph Conrad

To change and to improve are two different things. ~~ German proverb


The more things change, the more they remain the same. ~~ Alphonse Karr


Your past is always going to be the way it was. Stop trying to change it. ~~ Unattributed


No matter how ill we may be, nor how low we may have fallen, we should not change identity with any other person. ~~ Samuel Butler


Even God cannot change the past. ~~ Agathon


As you get older, you get tired of doing the same things over and over again, so you think Christmas has changed. It hasn't. It's you who has changed. ~~ Harry S Truman


Life is like a dog-sled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes. ~~ Lewis Grizzard


The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion. ~~ Doris Lessing


It often takes more courage to change one's opinion than to stick to it. ~~ George Christoph Lichtenberg


Pain is an energy monster; we give it the power to hurt us. And we can take that power away -- depending on how we choose to view ourselves. All pain is real, but you can change your reality. ~~ David Black


Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless. ~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock. ~~ James Baldwin


Accidents, try to change them -- it's impossible. The accidental reveals man. ~~ Pablo Picasso


Everything changes but change itself. ~~ John F. Kennedy


I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed. ~~ George Carlin


When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. ~~ Hugh White


If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed [and] if we are not willing [to change], we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect. ~~ Jacques Cousteau (see Said Who?)


If you want to make enemies, try to change something. ~~ Woodrow Wilson


Surely a tired woman on her way to work at six in the morning on a subway deserves the right to get there safely … everyone who changes his or her life because of crime … have been denied a basic civil right. ~~ George Herbert Walker Bush


Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced. ~~ James Baldwin


[On the breakup of Harrison Ford's first marriage] It wasn't because he became a star. In all relationships there are changes and the point is both partners have to change together. ~~ Walter Beakel


Television is simultaneously blamed, often by the same people, for worsening the world and for being powerless to change it. ~~ Clive James


My class, you will learn to think for yourselves again. You will learn to savor words and language. No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. ~~ Dead Poets Society (film, 1989)


Only man is not content to leave things as they are but must always be changing them, and when he has done so, is seldom satisfied with the result. ~~ Elspeth Huxley


I only open my mouth to change feet. ~~ Emily Paine


The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself -- always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity. ~~ Jimmy Carter


Be aware that young people have to be able to make their own mistakes and that times change. ~~ Gina Shapira


There is nothing permanent except change. ~~ Heraclitus


The more you see of people here or anywhere else, the more you realize that the whole world's like a play. You can change the costumes and some of the lines, but the characters are the same all over. ~~ Luella Foster


Wise and prudent men -- intelligent conservatives -- have long known that in a changing world worthy institutions can be conserved only by adjusting them to the changing times. ~~ Franklin D. Roosevelt


Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love… ~~ Dean Koontz [Fear Nothing]


The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. ~~ William Arthur Ward


Never trust anyone who has to change his tone to ask something of the Lord. ~~ Roberta A. Everett


He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world. ~~ Benjamin Franklin

If we do not learn from history, we shall be compelled to relive it. True. But if we do not change the future, we shall be compelled to endure it. And that could be worse. ~~ Alvin Toffler


All things change, and we change with them. ~~ Latin proverb


Prayer doesn't change things. Prayer changes people, and people change things. ~~ Joe Moore


God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. ~~ Reinhold Niebuhr


I think anything you try to do to change anything, even if you explain it to them, the majority of people object. ~~ Philip K. Wrigley


I have news for the forces of greed and the defenders of the status quo: your time has come -- and gone. It's time for change in America. ~~ William Jefferson Clinton


There's an old Jewish proverb: Don't worry about what you can change, because once you change it, you ain't got to worry about it. And don't worry about what you can't change, because worrying ain't gonna change it. ~~ L. L. Cool J


We cannot change anything unless we accept it. ~~ Carl Jung


Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind. ~~ William Somerset Maugham


You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future. ~~ Peter's Almanac


Gossip that is traveling around loose is a lie, or it will be, by the time it has changed hands once more. ~~ Josh Billings


Perhaps nothing has changed in the course of history as much as historians. ~~ Franklin P. Jones


When we are young, we change our opinions too often, when we are old, too seldom. ~~ Josh Billings


Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed. ~~ Abraham Lincoln


I find that a change of nuisances is as good as a vacation. ~~ David Lloyd George


Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays. ~~ Sören Kierkegaard


I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy. But that could change. ~~ Dan Quayle


The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he's a baby. ~~ Natalie Wood


We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before, and it has changed for the better; so I trust it will again. If difficulties arise, we must put forth new exertion and proportion our efforts to the exigencies of the times. ~~ George Washington


You shouldn't go into a relationship expecting that he or she will change. If you pick your mate wisely, you will both make adjustments, but it's unfair to expect your future mate to make basic changes. ~~ Dr. Zev Wanderer and Erika Fabian




Future shock: the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time. ~~ Alvin Toffler


It is a secret, both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one. ~~ Francis Bacon


I cannot escape the objection that there is no state of mind, however simple, that does not change every moment. ~~ Henri Bergson [Introduction to Metaphysics]


People in our culture have a morbid tendency to avoid blame, because they do not wish to take the trouble to change their conduct in any way: blame-avoidance and blame-transference are therefore endemic amongst us. These are substitutes for repentance and renewal. ~~ Behavior Research Project [1951]


If this space age, this latter second millennium, has taught us anything, it is that we live on a fragile planet with an onion-skin atmosphere, containing all that is dear to natural life. And that we humans are rapidly turning all of it to waste, including even the narrowest band of breathable air, at an alarming rate of pollution, destruction, and overpopulation. And if we have learned anything significant from the first two millenniums, it would be that we only have a tiny fraction of the third millennium to change it. I only wish I could predict we shall! ~~ Judd Hirsch


The Sahara was a spectacle as alive as the sea. The tints of the dunes changed according to the time of day and the angle of the light: golden as apricots from far off, when we drove close to them they turned to freshly made butter; behind us they grew pink; from sand to rock, the materials of which the desert was made varied as much as its tints. ~~ Simone de Beauvoir [Force of Circumstance]


True confession consists in telling our deed in such a way that our soul is changed in the telling of it. ~~ Maude Petre


O God, give us serenity to accept what cannot be changed; courage to change what should be changed; and wisdom to distinguish the one from the other living one day at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will, so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. ~~ Reinhold Niebuhr


Things don't change, but, by and by, our wishes change. ~~ Marcel Proust


Warning signals of terminal seriousness: Persistent soreness about almost everything, frequent sudden changes of molehills into mountains, difficulty swallowing humor, emotional constipation. ~~ Paul E. McGhee, PhD


For an introvert his environment is himself and can never be subject to startling or unforeseen change. ~~ Quentin Crisp


Everything is connected… no one thing can change by itself. ~~ Paul Hawken


Home. It's being new and old all rolled into one. Measuring your new against old friends, old ways, old places. Knowing that as long as the old survives, you can keep changing as much as you want without the nightmare of waking up to a total stranger. ~~ Gloria Naylor


Happiness is never really so welcome as changelessness. ~~ Graham Greene [The Heart of the Matter]


We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles. ~~ Jimmy Carter


There is no sin punished more implacably by nature than the sin of resistance to change. ~~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Autumn to winter, winter into spring,

Spring into summer, summer into fall,--

So rolls the changing year, and so we change;

Motion so swift, we know not that we move. ~~ Dinah Mulock Craik


That is the consolation of a little mind; you have the fun of changing it without impeding the progress of mankind. ~~ Frank Moore Colby


We must dare to think "unthinkable" thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. ~~ James W. Fulbright


People do think that if they avoid the truth, it might change to something better before they have to hear it. ~~ Marsha Norman


There is no social evil, no form of injustice whether of the feudal or capitalist order which has not been sanctified in some way or other by religious sentiment and thereby rendered more impervious to change. ~~ Reinhold Niebuhr


Being a mother, as far as I can tell, is a constantly evolving process of adapting to the needs of your child while also changing and growing as a person in your own right. ~~ Deborah Insel


Men are always sincere. They change sincerities, that's all. ~~ Tristan Bernard


Changes are inseparable from democracy. To defend democracy is to defend the possibility of change; in turn, changes alone can strengthen democracy. ~~ Octavio Paz


The felt unreliability of human experience brought about by the inhuman acceleration of historical change has led every sensitive modern mind to the recording of some kind of nausea, of intellectual vertigo. ~~ Susan Sontag [Against Interpretation]


The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind. ~~ Maya Angelou


A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape and significance of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him. ~~ Dylan Thomas


No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just… come out the other side. Or you don't. ~~ Stephen King [The Stand]


Great change dominates the world, and unless we move with change we will become its victims. ~~ Robert F. Kennedy


An evil-disposed citizen cannot affect any changes for the worse in a republic, unless it be already corrupt. ~~ Machiavelli


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 into another. ~~ Anatole France


Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight. ~~ Marcus Aurelius


All great changes are irksome to the human mind. ~~ John Adams


It is always hard to believe that the will to change something does not produce an immediate change. ~~ Janet Frame


I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me. ~~ Anna Quindlen


The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order. Life refuses to be embalmed alive. ~~ Alfred North Whitehead


Change is the process by which the future invades our lives. ~~ Alvin Toffler


This world of ours is a new world, in which the unit of knowledge, the nature of human communities, the order of society, the order of ideas, the very notions of society and culture have changed, and will not return to what they have been in the past. What is new is new, not because it has never been there before, but because it has changed in quality. ~~ J. Robert Oppenheimer


Men think to mend their condition by a change of circumstances. They might as well hope to escape from their shadows. ~~ James Anthony Froude


October is a symphony of permanence and change. ~~ Bonaro W. Overstreet


The end of World War II and the way the world changed in the wake of those cataclysms is what caused rock 'n' roll. It was human conflict and rebellion that created rock 'n' roll -- not the other way around. ~~ Daryl Hall


The actual Irish weather report is really a recording made in 1922, which no one has had occasion to change. "Scattered showers, periods of sunshine." ~~ Wilfrid Sheed


Boredom is the keynote of poverty … for when there is no money there is no change of any kind, not of scene or of routine. ~~ Moss Hart


Tranquilizers do not change our environment, nor do they change our personalities. They merely reduce our responsiveness to stimuli… once the response has been dulled, the irritating surface noise of living muted or eliminated, the spark and brilliance are also gone. ~~ Indra Devi


A fool may be known by six things: anger, without cause; speech, without profit; change, without progress; inquiry, without object; putting trust in a stranger; and mistaking foes for friends. ~~ Unattributed


The most conspicuous change in the behavior of the doctor is that nowadays he is usually in such a hurry that he is less accessible and less communicative. ~~ James Howard Means


One never knows what will happen if things are suddenly changed. But do we know what will happen if they are not changed? ~~ Elias Canetti


The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself -- always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity. ~~ Jimmy Carter


The other line moves faster. This applies to all lines -- bank, supermarket, tollbooth, customs, and so on. And don't try to change lines. The other one -- the one you were in originally -- will then move faster. ~~ Barbara Ettore


A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used. ~~ Oliver Wendell Holmes


The really great thing about cats is their endless variety. One can pick a cat to fit almost any kind of décor, income, personality, mood. But under the fur, there still lies, essentially unchanged, one of the world's free souls. ~~ Eric Gurney


Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. ~~ Robert F. Kennedy

Even if language is a living evolving organism, we don't have to embrace all the changes that occur during our lifetimes. If language is so alive, it can get sick. ~~ Christopher Lehmann-Haupt


I don't tell the truth any more to those who can't make use of it. I tell it mostly to myself, because it always changes me. ~~ Anais Nin


The only thing that does not change is that at any and every time it appears that there have been "great changes." ~~ Marcel Proust (see Said Who?)


The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance … or change. ~~ Stephen King [The Stand]


What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, by changing the frame of the mind, for the moment realizes itself. ~~ Anna Jameson


It's unbelievable the primitive feelings that are aroused by rapid change. ~~ Sheila Ballantyne


True. I used to see a lot of hope. I saw men tear down the veils behind which the truth had been hidden. But then the same men, when they have power in their hands at last, began to find the veils useful. They made many more. Life has not changed. Only some people have been growing, becoming different, that is all. ~~ Ayi Kwei Armah


We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing. ~~ R. D. Laing [The Politics of Experience]


There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse, as I have found in traveling in a stage coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place. ~~ Washington Irving


The rules were changing. We were all soon to be marooned on a kind of polar ice pack that was shifting and breaking apart even as we walked across it. ~~ Susan Cheever [A Woman's Life]


Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety. ~~ James Baldwin


Habit will reconcile us to everything but change. ~~ C. C. Colton


Ethnic stereotypes are misshapen pearls, sometimes with a sandy grain of truth at their center… but they ignore complexity, change, and individuality. ~~ Anna Quindlen


For me words still possess their primitive, mystical, incantatory powers. I am inclined to use them as part of an attempt to make my own reality more real for others, as part of an effort to transcend emotional danger. For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. Their articulation represents a complete, lived experience. ~~ Ingrid Bengis


It's hard for me to get used to these changing times; I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty. ~~ George Burns


Reformers have the idea that change can be achieved by brute sanity. ~~ George Bernard Shaw


The timing of death, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it. ~~ Mary Catherine Bateson


People don't alter. They may with enormous difficulty modify themselves, but they never really change. ~~ Margery Allingham


You have reached the Codependent Hotline. If you want to save the world, press 1. If you want to rescue your family, press 2. If you want to change your partner, press 3. If no one appreciates you, press 4. If you do not have a touch-tone phone, stay on the line and an operator will speak with you after she's through with the really important people. ~~ Jann Mitchell


Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them. ~~ Marcel Proust


Reality has changed chameleon-like before my eyes so many times that I have learned, or am learning, to trust almost anything except what appears to be so. ~~ Maya Angelou


You don't change the course of history by turning the face of portraits to the wall. ~~ Jawaharlal Nehru


Only the foolish and the dead never change their opinions. ~~ Unattributed


The use of religion, psychoanalysis, or the mass media, as instruments by which people are helped to adjust to a dehumanizing social order without being challenged to change it, is essentially a betrayal of man. ~~ Richard Shaull


The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. ~~ Apple Computer, Inc. [television ad, 1997]


The tragedy of marriage is that while all women marry thinking that their man will change, all men marry believing their wives will never change. Both are invariably disappointed. ~~ Len Deighton


Instead of just recording reality, photographs have become the norm for the way things appear to us, thereby changing the very idea of reality and of realism. ~~ Susan Sontag


If you don't like something about yourself, change it. If you can't change it, accept it. ~~ Ted Shackelford


A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love. ~~ Pearl S. Buck [To My Daughters]


We are not a cynical people. The will to believe lingers on. We like to think that heroes can emerge from obscurity, as they sometimes do; that elections do matter, even though the process is at least part hokum; that through politics we can change our society and maybe even find a cause to believe in. ~~ Ronald Steel


Both sides agree that we need change. The question is, change what? What needs fixing? The left says, "Fix the country." The right says, "Fix the government." ~~ Grover Norquist


[On motherhood:] You can't change your mind -- you know, and say, this isn't working out, let's sell. ~~ Fran Lebowitz


We now feel we can cure the patient without his fully understanding what made him sick. We are no longer so interested in peeling the onion as in changing it. ~~ Franz Alexander


Cats don't like change without their consent. ~~ Roger A. Caras


Nothing changes more consistently than the past;… the past that influences our lives [is] not what actually happened but what [we] believe happened. ~~ Gerald W. Johnson


You seldom listen to me, and when you do you don't hear, and when you do hear you hear wrong, and even when you hear right you change it so fast that it's never the same. ~~ Marjorie Kellogg


Acceptance doesn't mean that we do not motivate our children to do better. It doesn't mean that we don't hope they'll change in some ways. It means that we do not put on them the burden of trying to be somebody they cannot be. ~~ Rob Parsons [The Sixty Minute Father]


Observe how all things are continually being born of change… Whatever is, is in some sense the seed of what is to emerge from it. ~~ Marcus Aurelius


Learning to learn is to know how to navigate in a forest of facts, ideas, and theories, a proliferation of constantly changing items of knowledge. Learning to learn is to know what to ignore but at the same time not rejecting innovation and research. ~~ Raymond Queneau


Popularity? It is glory's small change. ~~ Victor Hugo


The only man who can change his mind is the man who's got one. ~~ Edward Noyes Westcott


He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~~ Harold Wilson


Old-fashioned ways which no longer apply to changed conditions are a snare in which the feet of women have always become readily entangled. ~~ Jane Addams


Weep not that the world changes -- did it keep

A stable, changeless state, 'twere cause indeed to weep. ~~ William Cullen Bryant [Mutation]


The secret of a happy life is accept change gracefully. ~~ Jimmy Stewart


America is a land of wonders, in which everything is in constant motion and every change seems an improvement. The idea of novelty is there indissolubly connected with the idea of amelioration. ~~ Alexis de Tocqueville


One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home. ~~ Pam Brown


Life is change: growth is optional. ~~ Karen Kaiser Clark


Nobody told me how hard and lonely change is. ~~ Joan Gilbertson


We are chameleons, and our partialities and prejudices change places with an easy and blessed facility. ~~ Mark Twain


Only the fairy tale equates changelessness with happiness… Permanence means paralysis and death. Only in movement, with all its pain, is life. ~~ Jacob Burckhardt


Cats like doors left open -- in case they change their minds. ~~ Rosemary Nisbet


Early in life I had to choose between arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change. ~~ Frank Lloyd Wright