Change doth unknit the tranquil strength of men.
MATTHEW ARNOLD, A Question
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
ROBERT FROST, "The Black Cottage"
The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
BARACK OBAMA, speech, Feb. 5, 2008
There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in travelling in a stage-coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.
WASHINGTON IRVING, Tales of a Traveller
Nothing is permanent but change.
Everything is the same as always.
PETER WEISS, The Tower
Change is inevitable in a progressive society. Change is constant.
BENJAMIN DISRAELI, speech, Oct. 29, 1867
The more things change, the more they are the same.
ALPHONSE KARR, Les Guepes
Things do not change; we change.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU, Walden
When people can't abide things as they are, when they can't abide the present, they do one of two things ... either they ... either they turn to a contemplation of the past ... or they set about to ... alter the future. And when you want to change something ... YOU BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
EDWARD ALBEE, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
NELSON MANDELA, "A Long Walk to Freedom"
Weep not that the world changes -- did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.
WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT, Mutation
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.... This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking.
ISAAC ASIMOV, Asimov on Science Fiction
- The world's a scene of changes, and to be
- Constant, in Nature were inconstancy.
ABRAHAM COWLEY, Inconstancy
A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
EDMUND BURKE, Reflections on the Revolution in France
- To change the name and not the letter,
- Is a change for the worst, and not for the better.
ROBERT CHAMBERS, Book of Days
- Forward, forward let us range,
- Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.
ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON, Locksley Hall
Small change, small wonders--these are the currency of my endurance and ultimately of my life. It's a workable economy.
BARBARA KINGSOLVER, Small Wonder
Each of us has the opportunity to change and grow until our very last breath. Happy creating.
M.F. RYAN, O Magazine, Jan. 2007
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.
In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
ANDY WARHOL, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
I will never forget that the only reason I'm standing here today is because somebody, somewhere stood up for me when it was risky. Stood up when it was hard. Stood up when it wasn't popular. And because that somebody stood up, a few more stood up. And then a few thousand stood up. And then a few million stood up. And standing up, with courage and clear purpose, they somehow managed to change the world.
BARACK OBAMA, speech, Jan. 8, 2008
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Strong communities ... embrace change. New discoveries require us to think differently and approach things differently, to think anew.
TOM VILSACK, speech, Jan. 10, 2006
Unless one says goodbye to what one loves, and unless one travels to completely new territories, one can expect merely a long wearing away of oneself and an eventual extinction.
It is best not to swap horses while crossing the river.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, reply to National Union League, June 9, 1864
Many ... are simply skeptical that real change can occur. There is so much fear, so much mistrust that has built up over the years. But if we choose to be bound by the past, we will never move forward. And I want to particularly say this to young people of every faith in every country. You more than anyone have the ability to reimagine the world, to remake this world.
BARACK OBAMA, speech, Jun. 4, 2009
Profound and powerful forces are shaking and remaking our world. And the urgent question of our time is whether we can make change our friend and not our enemy.
I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.
LEWIS CARROLL, Alice in Wonderland
If you wish to be happy, think not of what is to come nor of that which you have no control over but rather of the now and of that which you are able to change.
CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI, Brisingr
The most rigid structures, the most impervious to change, will collapse first.
ECKHART TOLLE, A New Earth
Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.
JOHN STEINBECK, Sweet Thursday
There is in all change something at once agreeable and infamous, something that smacks of infidelity and of moving day.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE, My Heart Laid Bare
Change is the process by which the future invades our lives.
ALVIN TOFFLER, Future Shock
- Every generation gets a chance to change the world
- Pity the nation that won't listen to your boys and girls
- Cos the sweetest melody is the one we haven't heard
U2, "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight"
Nothing’s gonna change my world.
THE BEATLES, Across the Universe