Quotations about Change
"Television is simultaneously blamed, often by the same people, for worsening the world and for being powerless to change it."
-- Clive James"If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves."
-- Carl Gustav Jung"No matter what you believe, it doesn't change the facts."
-- Al Kersha"Days change so many things -- yes, hours -- we see so differently in suns and showers."
-- George Klingle"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."
-- Maggie Kuhn"Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks."
-- Doug Larson"The real sadness of fifty is not that you change so much but that you change so little."
-- Max Lerner"If you want truly to understand something, try to change it."
-- Kurt Lewin"I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better."
-- Georg Christopher Lichtenberg"Men make the mistake of thinking that because women can't see the sense in violence, they must be passive creatures. It's just not true. In one important way, at least, men are the passive sex. Given a choice, they will always opt for the status quo. They hate change of any kind, and they fight against it constantly. On the other hand, what women want is stability, which when you stop to think about it is a very different animal."
-- Eric Lustbader"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
-- Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela"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"The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who Is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost invariably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And if he is not romantic personally, he is apt to spread discontent among those who are."
-- Henry Louis Mencken"The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; for happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up."
-- Charles Langbridge Morgan"Blindness and error can change a life as surely as judgment and reason can."
-- M. Morris"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"Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
-- Reinhold Neibuhr"What starts the process, really, are laughs and slights and snubs when you are a kid. ... If your anger is deep enough and strong enough, you learn that you can change those attitudes by excellence, personal gut performance."
-- Richard Milhouse Nixon , 37th US President, Republican"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."
-- Flannery O'Connor"Accidents, try to change them-it's impossible. The accidental reveals man."
-- Pablo Picasso"A true artist doesn't change with the times. A true artist is already way ahead of the times."
-- Eric Pio"The fear of making permanent commitments can change the mutual love of husband and wife into two loves of self-two loves existing side by side, until they end in separation."
-- Pope John Paul II"Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black."
-- Danish Proverb"To change and to change for the better are two different things."
-- German Proverb"We live in a time of such rapid change and growth of knowledge that only he who is in a fundamental sense a scholar-that is, a person who continues to learn and inquire-can hope to keep pace, let alone play the role of guide."
-- Nathan M. Pusey"Love is an attempt to change a piece of a dream world into reality."
-- Theodor Reik"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"Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown."
-- George Shinn"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"Money and success don't change people; they merely amplify what is already there."
-- Will Smith"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"Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas."
-- Laurence Sterne"The remarkable thing we have is a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude."
-- Charles R. Swindoll"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts.... We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes."
-- Charles R. Swindoll"We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other."
-- Lewis Thomas"America is a land of wonders, in which everything is in constant motion and every change seems an improvement. No natural boundary seems to be set to the efforts of man; and in his eyes what is not yet done is only what he has not attempted to do. - from Democracy in America"
-- Alexis Charles Henri Clérel de Tocqueville"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"Plain horse sense ought to tell us that anything that makes no change in the man who professes it makes no difference to God, either."
-- A. W. Tozer"You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you."
-- Brian Tracy"It is still an unending source of surprise for me how a few scribbles on a blackboard or on a piece of paper can change the course of human affairs."
-- Stanislaw Ulam"Bank on a life, saving towards the certainty of change Ledger all the happiness, pencil in to rearrange Withdraw all the worry Deposit all the faith Compound all the experience and Recognize when the payment is late."
-- Unknown"Everyone hates change because change brings the unknown."
-- Unknown"Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success."
-- Denis Waitley"They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."
-- Andy Warhol"We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions."
-- Jessamyn West"The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world, but to change it."
-- Colin Wilson"This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought."
-- Lin Yutang
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