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To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Sir Winston Churchill Category: Change
Change is not made without inconvenience even from worse to better.
Richard Hooker Category: Change
Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid changing it.
Elaine St. James Category: Change
Any change even a change for the better is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
Arnold Bennett Category: Change
It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: 'And this too shall pass away.' How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! how consoling in the depth of affliction! Many versions of this story exist. Another one is: The Sultan asked for a Signet motto that should hold good for Adversity or Prosperity. Solomon gave him This also shall pass away.' Edward Fitzgerald Polonius: A Collection of Wise Saws and Modern Instances item 112 p. 80 (1901). The words In neez bogzarad which can be translated This also shall pass appear in the Diven of the twelfth century Persian poet and philosopher SanaI of Ghaznl ed. Mazahir Musaffa p. 92 (1957).
Abraham Lincoln Category: Change
Civilization exists by geological consent subject to change without notice.
Will Durant Category: Change
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 Category: Change
If there is one word which characterizes our world in this exciting last half of the twentieth century the word is change. Change in political life change in economic life change is social life change in personal life. Change is the hallmark of our times. It's not gradual comfortable change. It is sudden rapid often violent. It touches and often disrupts whole cultures and hundreds of millions of people. Behind it all lies an explosive growth in scientific knowledge and accomplishment. Some 90 per cent of all the scientists who ever lived are living today and the total accumulation of scientific knowledge is doubling every ten years. But this is reality. If we remember that then we will never flinch at change. We will adjust to it welcome it meet it as a friend and know it as God's will.
Eric Johnson Category: Change
Everything is good when it leaves the hands of the Creator; everything degenerates in the hands of man.
Jean Jacques Rousseau Category: Change
I wanted a perfect ending. Now Ive learned the hard way that some poems don't rhyme and some stories don't have a clear beginning middle and end. Life is about not knowing having to change taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing whats going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.
Gilda Radner Category: Change
The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world but to change it.
Colin Wilson Category: Change
We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
Max Depree Category: Change
Every public action which is not customary either is wrong or if it is right is a dangerous precedent. It follows that nothing should ever be done for the first time.
Francis Macdonald Cornford Category: Change
The philosophers have only interpreted the world; the thing however is to change it.
Karl Marx Category: Change
Simply pushing harder within the old boundaries will not do.
Karl Weick Category: Change
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
Aldous Huxley Category: Change
When it is not necessary to change it is necessary not to change.
Lucius Cary Viscount Falkland Category: Change
Change does not necessarily assure progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them.
Henry Steele Commager Category: Change
If you don't like something change it; if you cant change it change the way you think about it.
Mary Engelbreit Category: Change
We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we changing continue to love a changed person.
William Somerset Maugham Category: Change
Just because everything is different doesnt mean anything has changed.
Irene Peter Category: Change
What single ability do we all have? The ability to change.
George Leonard Andrews Category: Change
Controversial proposals once accepted soon become hallowed.
Dean Acheson Category: Change
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 Category: Change
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
Maya Angelou Category: Change
All changes even the most longed for have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another!
Anatole France Category: Change
It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.
W. Edwards Denning Category: Change
To live is to change And to be perfect is to have changed often.
Cardinal John Henry Newman Category: Change
If we don't change we don't grow. If we don't grow we arent really living.
Gail Sheehy Category: Change
The only difference between a rut and a grave is their depth.
Gerald Burrill Category: Change
None of us knows what the next change is going to be what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner waiting a few months or a few years to change all the tenor of our lives.
Kathleen Norris Category: Change
Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself.
Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy Category: Change
He who rejects change is the architect of decay.
James Harold Wilson Category: Change
Never change when love has found its home.
Propertius Sextus Category: Change
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
Carol Burnett Category: Change
I soon found out you cant change the world. The best you can do is to learn to live with it.
Henry Miller Category: Change
They change the sky not their soul who run across the sea. Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt
Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace Category: Change
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
Harold Wilson Category: Change
The Moving Finger writes; and having writ Moves on; nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.
Omar Khayyam Category: Change
Unless youre lead dog the scenery never changes.
Hannah Whitall Smith Category: Change
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 Category: Change
I don't think that a leader can control to any great extent his destiny. Very seldom can he step in and change the situation if the forces of history are running in another direction.
Richard Milhouse Nixon Category: Change
Perfection is immutable. But for things imperfect change is the way to perfect them.
Owen Feltham Category: Change
People change and forget to tell eachother.
Lillian Hellman Category: Change
The old order changeth yielding place to new And God fulfills himself in many ways Lest one good custom should corrupt the world. Comfort thyself: what comfort is in me? I have lived my life and that which I have done May he within himself make pure! but thou If thou shouldst never see my face again Pray for my soul....
Lord Alfred Tennyson Category: Change
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 every man must take on a science fictional way of thinking.
Isaac Asimov Category: Change
Without accepting the fact that everything changes we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately although it is true it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience we suffer.
Shunryu Suzuki Category: Change
How queer everything is today! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if Ive been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if Im not the same the next question is Who in the world am I? Ah thats the great puzzle!
Lewis Carroll Category: Change
That man is a creature who needs order yet yearns for change is the creative contradiction at the heart of the laws which structure his conformity and define his deviancy.
Freda Adler Category: Change
Change is one thing progress is another. Change is scientific progress is ethical; change is indubitable whereas progress is a matter of controversy.
Bertrand Russell Category: Change
One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
Walter Bagehot Category: Change
They are the weakest-minded and the hardest-hearted men that most love change.
John Ruskin Category: Change
During periods of discontinuous abrupt change the essence of adaptation involves a keen sensitivity to what should be abandoned not what should be changed or introduced. A willingness to depart from the familiar has distinct survival value.
Peter F. Drucker Category: Change
To be true I must fully accept that at this moment I can only be what I am ... no more no less; however with the inevitable passing of each moment of time I will gradually but surely change ... to become more or less better or worse stronger or weaker. My choice is the direction of change: it is mine alone. The only true competition is this rivalry with my changing self. It is the very basis of the grand eternal plan.
C. Smith Sumner Category: Change
Since tis Natures law to change Constancy alone is strange.
John Wilmot Category: Change
If youre in a bad situation don't worry itll change. If youre in a good situation don't worry itll change.
John A. Simone Sr. Category: Change
Christians are supposed not merely to endure change nor even to profit by it but to cause it.
Harry Emerson Fosdick Category: Change
Only fools and dead men don't change their minds. Fools wont. Dead men cant.
John H. Patterson Category: Change
Its never too late never too late to start over never too late to be happy.
Jane Fonda Category: Change
All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every second.
Henry David Thoreau Category: Change
Change starts when someone sees the next step.
William Drayton Category: Change
All mankind is divided into three classes: those who are immovable those who are movable; and those who move.
Benjamin Franklin Category: Change
Some people change their ways when they see the light; others when they feel the heat.
Caroline Schroeder Category: Change
Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself / herself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his or her own life.
Herbert Otto Category: Change
If you don't like the way the world is you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.
Marian Wright Edelman Category: Change
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils for time is the greatest innovator.
Francis Bacon Category: Change
If we don't change direction soon well end up where were going.
Irwin Corey Category: Change
To exist is to change to change is to mature to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
Henri Louis Bergson Category: Change
During our short sojourn here we are constantly changing. There is no such a thing as remaining always the same in any particular element. Our thoughts change. Our actions are not the same today as they were yesterday. We are constantly gathering new ideas either bettering our lives or making ourselves more unhappy. Collecting the beauties and sweets of this life is like gathering favorite roses from among the tangled briars. We pay dearly for the pleasure of having them. Yet we are told that this is but a preparatory school and the lessons we learn here are to make us more competent to enter into the higher departments of heaven. Let us strive on.
G. N. Breed Brookings Category: Change
The problem is not whether business will survive in competition with business but whether any business will survive at all in the face of social change.
Laurence J. McGinley Category: Change
Because things are the way they are things will not stay the way they are.
Bertolt Brecht Category: Change
Man has a limited biological capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed the capacity is in future shock.
Alvin Toffler Category: Change
Familiarity may breed contempt in some areas of human behavior but in the field of social ideas it is the touchstone of acceptability.
J. William Galbraith Category: Change
Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents. New harmonies new contrasts new combinations of every sort. Nothing ever happens twice alike. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other to their work to surrounding objects. The most tranquil house with the most serene inhabitants living upon the utmost regularity of system is yet exemplifying infinite diversities.
Henry Ward Beecher Category: Change
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and youll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
Jacob M. Braude Category: Change
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have of trying to change others.
Jacob Braude Category: Change
Its not Jerusalem Its not Baghdad. Its not Bolivia. Its Oklahoma.
V. Z. Lawton Category: Change
The moving finger writes; and having writ Moves on: not all your piety nor wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a line Nor all your tears wash out a word of it.
Edward Fitzgerald Category: Change
Don't fear change, embrace it.
Such is the state of life that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it the next wish is to change again. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.
Dr. Samuel Johnson Category: Change
The world hates change yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
Charles Franklin Kettering Category: Change
To change your language you must change your life.
Derek Walcott Category: Change
The climate of our culture is changing. Under these new rains new suns small things grow great and what was great grows small; whole species disappear and are replaced.
Randall Jarrell Category: Change
All things change nothing is extinguished.... There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.
Publius Ovidius Naso Ovid Category: Change
The more things change the more they are the same.
Alphonse Karr Category: Change
I thought I could change the world. It took me a hundred years to figure out I cant change the world. I can only change Bessie. And honey that aint easy either.
Annie Elizabeth Delany Category: Change
All change is not growth as all movement is not forward.
Ellen Glasgow Category: Change
Its the most unhappy people who most fear change.
Mignon McLaughlin Category: Change
We have only to change the point of view And the greatest action looks mean.
William Makepeace Thackeray Category: Change
Money does not change men it only unmasks them.
Mme. Riccoboni Category: Change
Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine.
Robert C. Gallagher Category: Change
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
Nelson Mandela Category: Change
If you want to truly understand something try to change it.
Kurt Lewin Category: Change
Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
Harry S. Truman Category: Change
If there is anything we wish to change in the child we should first examine it and see whether it is something that could better be changed in ourselves.
Carl Gustav Jung Category: Change
Fortune does not change men; it unmasks them.
Suzanne Necker Category: Change
L have no fear of change as such and on the other hand no liking for it merely for its own sake.
Robert Moses Category: Change
Politicians are like baby diapers. They need to be changed frequently and for the same reason!
Larry L. Taylor Category: Change
One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Andre Gide Category: Change
In all things that involve social pressures if we want to see change we have to force the envelope outwards.
Gary Lee Phillips Category: Change
Change is the constant the signal for rebirth the egg of the phoenix.
Christina Baldwin Category: Change
Change is such hard work.
Billy Crystal Category: Change
Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.
Unknown Category: Change
As human beings our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world that is the myth of the atomic age as in being able to remake ourselves.
Mahatma Gandhi Category: Change
A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
Edmund Burke Category: Change
Change in all things is sweet.
Aristotle Category: Change
If you aint the lead dog the scenery never changes.
Edmund Wilson Category: Change
To change ones life: 1. Start immediately 2. Do it flamboyantly 3. No exceptions.
William James Category: Change
We are chameleons and our partialities and prejudices change place with an easy and blessed facility and we are soon wonted to the change and happy in it.
Mark Twain Category: Change
Believe if thou wilt that mountains change their place But believe not that man changes his nature.
Mohammed Category: Change
Thats the risk you take if you change: that people youve been involved with wont like the new you. But other people who do will come along.
Lisa Alther Category: Change
There is nothing permanent except change.
Heraclitus Category: Change
Contact is all it takes to change your life to lose your place in time. Contact asleep or awake Coming around you may wake up to find questions deep within your eyes Things you never realized.
Van Halen Category: Change
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 Francis Kennedy Category: Change
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 Category: Change
Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there.
Elizabeth Clarke Dunn Category: Change
Change alone is eternal perpetual immortal.
Arthur Schopenhauer Category: Change
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Category: Change
Weep not that the world changes did it keep a stable changeless state it were cause indeed to weep.
William Cullen Bryant Category: Change
We are restless because of incessant change but we would be frightened if change were stopped.
Lyman L. Bryson Category: Change
When youre through changing youre through.
Bruce Barton Category: Change
SEINE n. A kind of net for effecting an involuntary change of environment. For fish it is made strong and coarse but women are more easily taken with a singularly delicate fabric weighted with small cut stones.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce Category: Change
There is a certain relief in change even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in traveling in a stagecoach that it is often a comfort to shift ones position and be bruised in a new place.
Washington Irving Category: Change
In this world of change naught which comes stays and naught which goes is lost.
Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine Category: Change
It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change.
Kung Fu-tzu Confucius Category: Change
We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
Harrison Ford Category: Change
Without change something sleeps inside us and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.
Frank Herbert Category: Change
Human beings by change renew rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Category: Change
... it is worth discussing radical changes not in the expectation that they will be adopted promptly but for two other reasons. One is to construct an ideal goal so that incremental changes can be judged by whether they move the institutional structure toward or away from that ideal. The other reason is very different. It is so that if a crisis requiring or facilitating radical change does arise alternatives will be available that have been carefully developed and fully explored.
Milton Friedman Category: Change
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.
Guatama Buddha Category: Change
If we don't change direction we will arrive at where we are going.
Richard L. Evans Category: Change
A wise man changes his mind a fool never.
Proverb Category: Change
For an introvert his environment is himself and can never be subject to startling or unforeseen change.
Quentin Crisp Category: Change
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn ... and change.
Carl Ransom Rogers Category: Change