Quotations About / On:
Politicians love change, but of details only.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
Everything changes as it is written down.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
Change alone is unchanging.
(Heraclitus (c. 535-c. 475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 1, fragment 23, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976).)
The familiar changes as we cling to it.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
Human-nature will not change.
(Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. response to a serenade, Nov. 10, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 8, p. 101, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
We shall have to begin all over again. [Taft hoped that] the Senators might change their minds, or that the people might change the Senate; instead of which they changed me.
(William Howard Taft (1857-1930), U.S. president. William H. Taft Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Letter to P. C. Knox (January 12, 1912).
Knox was Taft's Secretary of State.)
Politics is repetition. It is not change. Change is something beyond what we call politics. Change is the essence politics is supposed to be the means to bring into being.
(Kate Millett (b. 1934), U.S. feminist theorist, literary critic, essayist, autobiographer, sculptor. Flying, pt. 5, Alfred A. Knopf (1974).)
The correct rate of speed in innovating changes in long-standing social customs has not yet been determined by even the most expert of the experts. Personally I am beginning to think there is more danger in lagging than in speeding up cultural change to keep pace with mechanical change.
(Mary Barnett Gilson (1877-?), U.S. factory personnel manager, economist, and educator. What's Past is Prologue, ch. 17 (1940).)
If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America.
(Eldridge Cleaver (b. 1935), U.S. African American leader, writer. "The White Race and Its Heroes," Soul on Ice (1968).)
What, then, is the true Gospel of consistency? Change. Who is the really consistent man? The man who changes. Since change is the law of his being, he cannot be consistent if he stick in a rut.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. paper, read in Hartford, Connecticut, 1884; repr. In Complete Essays, ed. Charles Neider (1963). "Consistency," (1923).)