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Life is measured by the rapidity of change, the succession of influences that modify the being.

GEORGE ELIOT, Felix Holt

Fear of change is a part of the state of fear man has ever lived in but out of which he has begun to escape. Civilization might be defined indeed as the steps in his escape.

ELSIE CLEWS PARSONS, Fear and Conventionality

On every thing are traced decay and change.
Look! how the shifting seasons slip away.

ISAAC MCLELLAN, "Musings"

The architecture of change involves the design and construction of new patterns, or the reconceptualization of old ones, to make new, and hopefully more productive, actions possible.

ROSABETH MOSS KANTER, The Change Masters

One cause of misery is the inability to change.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

Change demands new learning.

ROSABETH MOSS KANTER, The Change Masters

The nature o' things doesn't change, though it seems as if one's own life was nothing but change.

GEORGE ELIOT, Adam Bede

An important step, far-reaching in its consequences, was taken when man first sought the cause of change and decay in things themselves and in the laws which appeared to govern things, rather than in powers and forces outside of and beyond them. When the question was first asked, What is it that persists amid all changes and that underlies every change? a new era was about to dawn in the history of man's wonder and his desire to know.

NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER, lecture at Columbia University, Mar. 4, 1908

I haven't got the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.

DAVID SEDARIS, Naked

Oh! th' world's a mere kaleidoscope;
Its pictures, brittle bits of glass,
Coloured of fancy, love, and hope,
That quickly from our vision pass;
When we would fix what we admire,
The subtle atoms swift retire!

C. B. LANGSTON, "Change"

Bottom line is, even if you see them coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So, what are we, helpless? Puppets? Nah. The big moments are gonna come, you can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that count. That's when you find out who you are.

WHISTLER, "Becoming: Part Two," Buffy the Vampire Slayer

People do not change, they are merely revealed.

ANNE ENRIGHT, The Gathering

Resistless change, when powerless to improve,
Can only mar.

ELLA WHEELER WILCOX, "Perfectness"

It is said that there is nothing firm, nothing balanced, nothing durable in all the universe -- that nothing remains in its original state, that each day, each hour, each moment, there is change.

BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Harkonnen

Nothing is permanent. This is the central teaching of the Buddha. Not a career, not an institution, not a wife, not a tree ... All is change; change is the only truth.

PAOLO BACIGALUPI, The Windup Girl

The same is not always the same.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

Turn, turn, my wheel! All things must change
To something new, to something strange;
Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
To-morrow be to-day.

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, Kéramos

It is an age of stir and change, a season of new wine and old bottles. Yet, assuredly, in spite of breakages and waste, a wine worth the drinking is all the time being made.

JOHN GALSWORTHY, Vague Thoughts on Art

Little changes are the enemies of great changes.

BERTOLT BRECHT, "Quotation"

Change happened and you thought it was forever, and immediately there were all the enemies of that change making common cause and meeting in the cloakrooms.

C. J. CHERRYH, Chanur's Legacy

Certain things they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone. I know that's impossible, but it's too bad anyway.

J. D. SALINGER, The Catcher in the Rye

Things must change
We must rearrange them
Or we'll have to estrange them
All that I'm saying
A game's not worth playing
Over and over again

DEPECHE MODE, "The Sun and the Rainfall"

We pay for every change we make ... and we pay just as dearly if we refuse to change.

BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Harkonnen

Change isn't always good. Sometimes changing things is a terrible mistake.

BOB BARKER, Esquire, Jul. 2007

Only out of stir and change is born new salvation. To deny that is to deny belief in man, to turn our backs on courage!

JOHN GALSWORTHY, Vague Thoughts on Art

Oh heavy change.
The world deteriorates like a rotting apple, worms and a skin.

ROBINSON JEFFERS, "The Last Conservative"

Time does not tarry ever ... but change and growth is not in all things and places alike.

J. R. R. TOLKIEN, The Fellowship of the Ring

Societies as well as people become afraid of change as they grow older. It's human nature. The young have adventures while the old sit at home and nurture their memories.

PAUL MCAULEY, The Quiet War

You don't have to love change to be successful, but you need to be willing to accept it. Change is a catalyst for personal growth. It gets you out of a rut, it gives you a fresh start, and it affords you an opportunity to reevaluate your direction. If you resist change, you're really resisting success. Learn flexibility, or learn to like living with your failures.

JOHN C. MAXWELL, Motivated to Succeed

Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.

MARY SHELLEY, Frankenstein

Nothing remains the same from one moment to the next, you can't step into the same river twice. Life--evolution--the whole universe of space/time, matter/energy--existence itself--is essentially change.

URSULA K. LE GUIN, The Lathe of Heaven

Reflect frequently upon the instability of things, and how very fast the scenes of nature are shifted. Matter is in perpetual flux. Change is always and everywhere at work; it strikes through causes and effects, and leaves nothing fixed and permanent.

MARCUS AURELIUS, Meditations

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