Quotations About / On: CHANGE

  • 31.
    We make some changes. But mostly changes make us.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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  • 32.
    Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art.
    (John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. author, critic. New Yorker (July 30, 1990).)
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  • 33.
    Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically just so much.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech at a Republican banquet, Chicago, Illinois, Dec. 10, 1856. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 385, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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  • 34.
    ... changes are necessary, as long as they are for the better. But the problem is that this world is not changing for the better; it's changing for the worse.
    (From my satirical essay/speech entitled 'I Guess The Good Old School Days Are Gone Forever.')
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  • 35.
    'I often sit and watch the leaves change colour and fall from the tree. To me, those leaves signify the constant change in our own lives and all the beautiful colours signify our own emotions. As the leaves, change and fall from the tree with such grace and gentleness, they're reminding us to be gentle with ourselves as this chapter ends and the next journey begins in our lives.'
    (Changes, Personal and Spiritual Growth, Journeys, Final Chapters.)
    More quotations from: Annalee Hopkins Somerville
  • 36.
    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.)
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  • 37.
    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).)
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  • 38.
    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).)
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  • 39.
    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).)
  • 40.
    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 (b. 1919), British novelist. Sunday Times: Books (London, May 10, 1992).)
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