Quotes

Sunday, January 24, 2021 – Things Do Change

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America First. ~ Donald J. Trump

The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one. ~ William H. Seward

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. ~ Flannery O’Connor

No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Mockery is the rust that corrodes all it touches. ~ Milan Kundera

Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul. ~ Mark Twain

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors. ~ Thomas Jefferson

When an opinion has taken root in a democracy and established itself in the minds of the majority, it afterward persists by itself, needing no effort to maintain it, since no one attacks it. Those who at first rejected it as false come in the end to adopt it as accepted, and even those who still at the bottom of their hearts oppose it keep their views to themselves, taking great care to avoid a dangerous and futile contest. ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Why shouldn’t things be largely absurd, futile, and transitory? They are so, and we are so, and they and we go very well together. ~ George Santayana

We assume that politicians are without honor. We read their statements trying to crack the code. The scandals of their politics: not so much that men in high places lie, only that they do so with such indifference, so endlessly, still expecting to be believed. We are accustomed to the contempt inherent in the political lie. ~ Adrienne Rich

What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to be the true one? ~ George Bernard Shaw

Life is full of infinite absurdities, which, strangely enough, do not even need to appear plausible, since they are true. ~ Luigi Pirandello

The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

I reject the cynical view that politics is a dirty business. ~ Richard M. Nixon

In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Poet at the Breakfast Table, 1872

Just as no one can be forced into belief no one can be forced into unbelief. ~ Sigmund Freud

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. ~ H. L. Mencken

The characteristic political attitude of today is not one of positive belief, but of despair. ~ Herbert Read

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order. ~ Alfred North Whitehead

Just because everything is different doesn’t mean anything has changed. ~ Irene Peter

All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. ~ Ellen Glasgow

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. ~ Anatole France

Every beginning is a consequence. Every beginning ends something. ~ Paul Valery

Stubbornness does have its helpful features. You always know what you are going to be thinking tomorrow. ~ Glen Beaman

They were so strong in their beliefs that there came a time when it hardly mattered what exactly those beliefs were; they all fused into a single stubbornness. ~ Louise Erdrich

People are always telling me that change is good. But all that means is that something you didn’t want to happen has happened. ~ Meg Ryan

If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry, it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change. ~ John A. Simone

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

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in travelling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position, and be bruised in a new place. ~ Washington Irving

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are. ~ Bertolt Brecht

If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less. ~ General Eric Shinseki

Change before you have to. ~ Jack Welch

People can cry much easier than they can change. ~ James Baldwin

Change occurs in direct proportion to dissatisfaction, but dissatisfaction never changes. ~ Douglas Horton

Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change. ~ Thomas Hardy

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. ~ Nelson Mandela

To change one’s life, start immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions. ~ William James

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. ~ Maya Angelou

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. ~ Francis Bacon, On Innovation, 1597

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~ Harold Wilson

A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation. ~ Edmund Burke

Since change is constant, you wonder if people crave death because it’s the only way that they can get anything really finished. ~ Chuck Palahniuk

Know what’s weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything’s different. ~ Bill Watterson

Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. ~ Winston Churchill

Those people in New York are not gonna change me none. ~ Elvis Presley

No change in musical style will survive unless it is accompanied by a change in clothing style. Rock is to dress up to. ~ Frank Zappa

I am invariably late for appointments, sometimes as much as two hours. I’ve tried to change my ways but the things that make me late are too strong, and too pleasing. ~ Marilyn Monroe

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. ~ W. Edwards Deming

Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change. ~ Jesse Jackson

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. ~ Charles DuBois

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. ~ William Blake

It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man, always makes him feel better. ~ Ambrose Bierce

In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. ~ Eric Hoffer

The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become. ~ W. E. B. Du Bois

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

People change and forget to tell each other. ~ Lillian Hellman

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. ~ Alan Watts

If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write. ~ Martin Luther

I am comforted by life’s stability, by earth’s unchangeableness. What has seemed new and frightening assumes its place in the unfolding of knowledge. It is good to know our universe. What is new is only new to us. ~ Pearl S. Buck

I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts. ~ John Steinbeck