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Every change is a menace to stability.

ALDOUS HUXLEY, Brave New World

Those who object to what is new are controlled by the love of what is old.

JOHN DANIEL BARRY, "Change," Reactions and Other Essays

Things change whether you want them to, or not--unless you are dead. Don't hold so hard to the past that you die with it.


All that you touch
You Change.

All that you Change
Changes you.

The only lasting truth
Is Change.

OCTAVIA E. BUTLER, Parable of the Talents

The people who keep back change are often exasperating. But they have their work to perform, highly important work, too. Their very opposition, besides helping to weed out the weak ideas, gives the true ideas greater strength. For an idea is not worth much unless it can sturdily make its way through opposition and display toughness of fiber.

JOHN DANIEL BARRY, "Change," Reactions and Other Essays

Change in all things is sweet.

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

We are always slow in admitting any great change of which we do not see the intermediate steps.

CHARLES DARWIN, On Natural Selection

Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.

SAUL ALINSKY, Rules for Radicals

Nothing lasts. That's what makes everything ... so precious.

WILLIAM SHATNER, The Ashes of Eden

One moment the world is as it is. The next, it is something entirely different. Something it has never been before.

ANNE RICE, Pandora

Real change happens bit by bit. It takes great effort to become effortless at anything. There are no quick fixes.

GENEEN ROTH, Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything

Change comes from power, and power comes from organization. In order to act, people must get together.

SAUL ALINSKY, Rules for Radicals

The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.

MAYA ANGELOU, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The sad thing is that, even though we know our lives aren't working in certain areas, we are still afraid to change. We are locked into our comfort zone, no matter how self-destructive it may be. Yet, the only way to get out of our comfort zone and to be free of our problems and limitations is to get uncomfortable.

ROBERT ANTHONY, Beyond Positive Thinking

The very word "change" has changed. When I was young--and not just because I was young--we looked forward with confident impatience to change. Planned, controlled, beneficent change would continue to clear slums, sweep up the remains of empire, raise living and educational standards, tidy away--firmly but kindly--the last aboriginals who still raved about martial glory or the pride of wealth. Now, as it seems to me, change is set almost exclusively in the minor key, change seen overwhelmingly as loss.

NEAL ASCHERSON, "Chords of Identity in a Minor Key", Games with Shadows

Is any man afraid of change? Why what can take place without change?


You must reconcile yourself to the fact that something is always hurt by any change. If you do this, you will not be hurt yourself.

ROGER ZELAZNY, Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming

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, introduction, The Politics of Experience

All times are changing times, but ours is one of massive, rapid moral and mental transformation. Archetypes turn into millstones, large simplicities get complicated, chaos becomes elegant, and what everybody knows is true turns out to be what some people used to think.

URSULA K. LE GUIN, foreward, Tales from Earthsea

How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.

ELIZABETH LESSER, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

Nature obliges everything to change about.
One thing crumbles and falls in the weakness of age;
Another grows in its place from a negligible start.
So time alters the whole nature of the world
And earth passes from one state to another.

LUCRETIUS, De Rerum Natura

There's one thing worse than change and that's the status quo.

JOHN LE CARRÉ, Smiley's People

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