An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.


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The industrial landscape is already littered with remains of once successful companies that could not adapt their strategic vision to altered conditions of competition.


Ralph David Abernathy (1926-1990, Baptist minister, organized protests against bus segregation in Montgomery)


It seemed that each time we would become proficient at a given task there would be a change made for no apparent reason. It sometimes appeared that changes were made simply because sufficient time had elapsed since the last change. And then our efforts would begin again from the beginning.


General Adalphos


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 (1909-1972, American radical activist)


Mourning is not forgetting.... It is an undoing. Every minute tie has to be untied and something permanent and valuable recovered and assimilated from the dust.


Margery Allingham


That's the risk you take if you change: that people you've been involved with won't like the new you. But other people who do will come along.


Lisa Alther (1944-, American author)


We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


All love shifts and changes. I don't know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time.


Julie Andrews (1935-, British singer, actress)


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


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

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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 (1920-1992, Russian-born American author)


The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing.


Lady Nancy Astor (1897-1964, British politician)


The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.


Brooks Atkinson (1894-1984, American  journalist, drama critic)


Constantly observe everything that takes place by change, and adapt yourself to consider that the universe's nature loves nothing as much as changing things that are, and making new things like them. In a way, everything that exists is like the seed of what it will be.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


There is change in all things. You yourself are subject to continual change and some decay, and this is common to the entire universe.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


Why do we shrink from change? What can come into being save by change?


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


You have the power to change.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be the first.


Pearl Bailey (1918-1990, American vocalist, movie and stage actress)


You must change in order to survive.


Pearl Bailey (1918-1990, American vocalist, movie and stage actress)


You must change in order to survive.


Pearl Bailey (1918-1990, American vocalist, movie and stage actress)


Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix.


Christina Baldwin


If the word integration means anything, this is what it means: that we, with love, shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


People can cry much easier than they can change.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


The most useless are those who never change through the years.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


The absurd man is he who never changes.


Auguste Barthelemy


When you're through changing, you're through.


Bruce Barton (1886-1967, American author, advertising expert)


The things that have come into being change continually. The man with a good memory remembers nothing because he forgets nothing.


Augusto Roa Bastos (1917-, Paraguayan novelist)


The great person is ahead of their time, the smart make something out of it, and the blockhead, sets themselves against it.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


It is pure illusion to think that an opinion that passes down from century to century and from generation to generation may not be entirely false.


Pierre Bayle


Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


Those interested in perpetuating present conditions are always in tears about the marvelous past that is about to disappear, without having so much as a smile for the young future.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place.... New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort.... The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


If one desires a change, one must be that change before that change can take place.


Gita Bellin


Any change, even for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.


Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British novelist)


Readjusting is a painful process, but most of us need it at one time or another.


Arthur Christopher Benson (1862-1925, British author, poet)


Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.


Arthur Christopher Benson (1862-1925, British author, poet)


To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly


Henri L. Bergson (1859-1941, French philosopher)


There has never been a time when you and I have not existed, nor will there be a time when we will cease to exist. As the same person inhabits the body through childhood, youth, and old age, so too at the time of death he attains another body. The wise are not deluded by these changes.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


It is never any good dwelling on goodbyes. It is not the being together that it prolongs, it is the parting.


Elizabeth Bibesco


To act and act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait and wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the rising and falling tides (of affairs), so that with nature and law at his back, and truth and beneficence as his beacon light, he may accomplish wonders. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other. Man thus becomes the victim of the tides when he should be their Master.


Helena Petrova Blavatsky (1831-1891, Russian author, translator, theosophist)


Each new season grows from the leftovers from the past. That is the essence of change, and change is the basic law.


Hal Borland (1900-1978, American writer)


Nothing is lasting but change; nothing perpetual but death.


Ludwig Borne


The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.


Nathaniel Branden (1930- Canadian-born American psychologist, author, expert on self-esteem)

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Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.


Jacob M. Braude (American humor author)


Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.


Jacob M. Braude (American humor author)


Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.


Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, German dramatist, poet)


Change is difficult but often essential to survival.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Weep not that the world changes -- did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.


William C. Bryant (1794-1878, American poet, newspaper editor)


We are restless because of incessant change, but we would be frightened if change were stopped.


Lyman L. Bryson (American writer, director of the commission freedom of the press)


Everything changes, nothing remains without change.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.


Warren Buffett (1930-, American investment entrepreneur)


A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.


Carol Burnett (1933-, American television comedian)


It's hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.


George Burns (1896-1996, American comedy actor)


Nature's mighty law is change.


Robert Burns (1759-1796, Scottish poet)


Change is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things.  First, a dissatisfaction with self -- a felt void or need; second, a decision to change to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change -- the willful act of making the change, doing something.


Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998, American expert on love, lecturer, author)


To deny change is to deny the only single reality.


Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998, American expert on love, lecturer, author)


It is in the uncompromisingness with which dogma is held, and not in the dogma or want of dogma, that the danger lies.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


We don't change what we are, we change what we think what we are.


Eric Butterworth


Give wind and tide a chance to change.


Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957, American aviator, explorer, rear-admiral)


The lapse of ages changes all things -- time, language, the earth, the bounds of the sea, the stars of the sky, and every thing "about, around, and underneath" man, except man himself.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


You do not notice changes in what is always before you.


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


Change is inevitable in a progressive society. Change is constant.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Security can only be achieved through constant change, through discarding old ideas that have out-lived their usefulness and adapting others to current facts.


William O. Douglas (1898-1980, American supreme court justice)


The search for static security -- in the law and elsewhere -- is misguided. The fact is security can only be achieved through constant change, adapting old ideas that have outlived their usefulness to current facts.


William O. Douglas (1898-1980, American supreme court justice)


People can't live with change if there's not a changeless core inside them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.


Stephen R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


To change bad habits, we must study the habits of successful role models.


Jack Canfield (American motivational speaker, author, trainer)

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To change bad habits, we must study the habits of successful role models.


Jack Canfield (American motivational speaker, author, trainer)

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By nature, man hates change.  Seldom will he quit his old home till it has actually fallen around his ears.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Today is not yesterday: we ourselves change; how can our works and thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed is painful; yet ever needful; and if memory have its force and worth, so also has hope.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity.


Joyce Cary (1888-1957, British author)


In pain is a new time born.


Adelbert Von Chamisso (1781-1838, French poet, biologist)


To remain young one must change.


Alexander Chase


Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.


Karen Kaiser Clark


Turbulence is a life force. It is opportunity. Let's love turbulence and use it for change.


Ramsay Clark


If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America.


Eldridge Cleaver (1935-, American black leader, writer)


I have news for the forces of greed and the defenders of the status quo; your time has come and gone. It's time for change in America.


Bill Clinton (1946-, American President (42nd))


The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation, and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future.


Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947-, American First Lady, senator, wife of Bill Clinton)


Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them.


Henry S. Commager (American writer)


Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Change is imminent! We must enthusiastically embrace it, manage it, and craft it to our advantage.


Steve Craft (American aerospace engineer, leadership and change management expert)


Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.


Fanny Crosby (1820-1915, American hymn writer)


Being willing to change allows you to move from a point of view to a viewing point -- a higher, more expansive place, from which you can see both sides.


Thomas Crum


Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant.


Anthony J. D'Angelo


Don't fear change -- embrace it.


Anthony J. D'Angelo


The customs and fashions of men change like leaves on the bough, some of which go and others come.


Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321, Italian philosopher, poet)


It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.


Charles Darwin (1809-1882, British naturalist)


It struck me while I was sitting here; everything changes but the sea.


William B. Davis


I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.


Jimmy Dean (1931-, American actor, country singer)


Every new truth begins in a shocking heresy.


Margaret Deland


We cannot become what we need to be, remaining what we are.


Max Depree (1924-, American furniture manufacturing company executive)


Change happens in the boiler room of our emotions... so find out how to light their fires.


Jeff Dewar


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