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





Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast. If a man habituated to a narrow circle of cares and pleasures, out of which he seldom travels, step beyond it, though for never so brief a space, his departure from the monotonous scene on which he has been an actor of importance would seem to be the signal for instant confusion. The mine which Time has slowly dug beneath familiar objects is sprung in an instant; and what was rock before, becomes but sand and dust.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


Change is what people fear most.


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


Of the events of life we may have some control. but over the law of its progress none.


John W. Draper (1811-1882, American chemist)


Change starts when someone sees the next step.


William Drayton


The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there.


Elizabeth C. Dunn


If all people are unique, and if they are constantly changing each and every day, then all one can say about any social research finding is that it applied to that group of people on that given day, and given the propensity of humans to be different and to change, then it is unlikely that one would get the same results if one were to repeat the study.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


In danger there is great power.


Agnes Whistling Elk


Familiarity may breed contempt in some areas of human behavior, but in the field of social ideas it is the touchstone of acceptability.


William J. Galbraith


Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes -- goodwill among men and peace on earth.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


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


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


What is actual is actual only for one time, and only for one place.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


I wish to say what I think and feel today, with the proviso that tomorrow perhaps I shall contradict it all.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


People wish to be settled. It is only as far as they are unsettled that there is any hope for them.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We change, whether we like it or not.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


When you have a baby, you set off an explosion in your marriage, and when the dust settles, your marriage is different from what it was. Not better, necessarily; not worse, necessarily; but different.


Nora Ephron (1941-, American author, journalist)


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


It is change; all yields its place and goes.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change.


Lucius C. Falkland


Everyday life confronts us with new problems to be solved which force us to adjust our old programs accordingly.


Dr. Ann Faraday


Perfection is immutable. But for things imperfect, change is the way to perfect them.


Owen Felltham (1602-1668, British author)


No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.


Marilyn Ferguson (American writer)


Risk always brings its own rewards: the exhilaration of breaking through, of getting to the other side; the relief of a conflict healed; the clarity when a paradox dissolves.


Marilyn Ferguson (American writer)


Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.


Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969, American minister)


One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past nor complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the very essence of life.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


When you're finished changing, you're finished.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


The moral world is as little exempt as the physical world from the law of ceaseless change, of perpetual flux.


James G. Frazer (1854-1941, Scottish classicist, anthropologist)


Sometimes the answer to prayer is not that it changes life, but that it changes you.


James Dillet Freeman


Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Change is inevitable except from a vending machine.


Robert C. Gallagher


Be the change you want to see in the world.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Peak performers see the ability to manage change as a necessity in fulfilling their missions.


Charles A. Garfield (American peak performance expert, researcher, trainer)


Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect; they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries.


Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955, Spanish essayist, philosopher)


Music can't change the world.


Bob Geldof (1954-, Irish rock musician, philanthropist)


With me a change of trouble is as good as a vacation.


David Lloyd George (1863-1945, British Prime Minister)


There is danger in reckless change; but greater danger in blind conservatism.


Henry George (1839-1897, American social reformer, economist)


One person's constant is another person's variable.


Susan Gerhart


Oh, would that my mind could let fall its dead ideas, as the tree does its withered leaves!


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


Nobody told me how hard and lonely change is.


Joan Gilbertson


If things change then they will be different, but if they don't then things will stay the same.


Peter Gilcrest


All change is not growth; all movement is not forward.


Ellen Glasgow (1874-1945, American novelist)


Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Human beings, by change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Human beings, by change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


What I possess I would gladly retain. Change amuses the mind, yet scarcely profits.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Nothing changes… until someone changes.


Peggy Grall (American speaker and business coach)


Grow we must, if we outgrow all that loves us.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


You don't have to be afraid of change.You don't have to worry about what's being taken away. Just look to see what's been added.


Jackie Greer


It is the greatest mistake to think that man is always one and the same. A man is never the same for long. He is continually changing. He seldom remains the same even for half an hour.


George Gurdjieff (1873-1949, Russian adept, teacher, writer)


Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow.


Woody Guthrie (1912-1967, American folksinger and songwriter)


Times change, and we change with them.


William Harrison (1773-1841, American President (9th))


A person needs at intervals to separate himself from family and companions and go to new places. He must go without his familiars in order to be open to influence, to change.


Katharine Butler Hathaway


People change and forget to tell each other.


Lillian Hellman (1905-1984, American playwright)


Change alone is unchanging.


Heraclitus (BC 535-475, Greek philosopher)


Everything flows and nothing abides, everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.


Heraclitus (BC 535-475, Greek philosopher)


There is nothing permanent except change.


Heraclitus (BC 535-475, Greek philosopher)


You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on.


Heraclitus (BC 535-475, Greek philosopher)


A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's: She changes it more often.


Oliver Herford (1863-1935, American  author, illustrator)


Illness strikes men when they are exposed to change.


Herodotus (BC 484-425, Greek historian)


The reality is that changes are coming.... They must come. You must share in bringing them.


John Hersey


We measure success and depth by length and time, but it is possible to have a deep relationship that doesn't always stay the same.


Barbara Hershey (1948-, American actress)


Even in slight things the experience of the new is rarely without some stirring of foreboding.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


The hearts of great men can be changed.


Homer (c. 850 -? BC, Greek epic poet)


Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.


Richard Hooker (1554-1600, British theologian)


We're just getting started. We're just beginning to meet what will be the future -- we've got the Model T.


Grace Murray Hopper


If matters go badly now, they will not always be so.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


The closed mind, if closed long enough, can be opened by nothing short of dynamite.


Gerald W. Johnson (1890-1980, American author)


The spectacle has changed, but our eyes remain the same.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


Life is made of millions of moments, but we live only one of these moments at a time. As we begin to change this moment, we begin to change our lives.


Trinidad Hunt


The most amazing thing about little children ... was their fantastic adaptability.


Kristin Hunter


Only man is not content to leave things as they are but must always be changing them, and when he has done so, is seldom satisfied with the result.


Elspeth Huxley (1907-, British author)


Change is certain. Peace is followed by disturbances, departure of evil men by their return. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim.


I Ching (12th century BC, Chinese book of changes)


The way of the creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the great harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres.


I Ching (12th century BC, Chinese book of changes)


There are two kinds of fools. One says, "This is old, therefore it is good." The other one says, "This is new, therefore it is better."


Dean William R. Inge (1860-1954, Dean of St. Paul's, London)


When our first parents were driven out of Paradise, Adam is believed to have remarked to Eve, "My dear, we live in an age of transition."


Dean William R. Inge (1860-1954, Dean of St. Paul's, London)


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


Washington Irving (1783-1859, American author)


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


Jesse Jackson (1941-, American clergyman, Civil Rights leader)


I do not believe you can do today's job with yesterday's methods and be in business tomorrow.


Nelson Jackson


To change one's life we must start immediately and do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


The world does not have to change.... The only thing that has to change is our attitude.


Gerald G. Jampolsky (1925-, American psychiatrist, lecturer, author)


Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Sometimes I think we can tell how important it is to risk by how dangerous it is to do so.


Sonia Johnson


The most significant change in a person's life is a change of attitude. Right attitudes produce right actions.


William J. Johnston


I have accepted fear as a part of life -- specifically the fear of change. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


Force never moves in a straight line, but always in a curve vast as the universe, and therefore eventually returns whence it issued forth, but upon a higher arc, for the universe has progressed since it started.


Kabbalah (BC 1200-1270 AD, Jewish esoteric doctrine)


The atom, being for all practical purposes the stable unit of the physical plane, is a constantly changing vortex of reactions.


Kabbalah (BC 1200-1270 AD, Jewish esoteric doctrine)


The death of dogma is the birth of reality.


Immanuel Kant (1724-1804, German philosopher)


The more things change, the more they remain the same.


Alphonse Karr


Many deceive themselves, imagining they'll find happiness in change.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


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