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





Change is the law of life. Those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Everything changes but change itself.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Progress is a nice word, but change is its motivator and change has enemies.


Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968, American attorney general, senator)


The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.


Pauline R. Kezer


The world goes up and the world goes down, the sunshine follows the rain; and yesterday's sneer and yesterday's frown can never come over again.


Charles Kingsley (1819-1875, British author, clergyman)


A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.


Paul Klee (1879-1940, Swiss artist)


The most serious charge that can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February.


Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970, American writer, critic, naturalist)


The word change, so dear to our Europe, has been given a new meaning: it no longer means a new stage of coherent development (as it was understood by Vico, Hegel or Marx), but a shift from one side to another, from front to back, from the back to the left, from the left to the front (as understood by designers dreaming up the fashion for the next season).


Milan Kundera (1929-, Czech author, critic)


There is such a thing as a general revolution which changes the taste of men as it changes the fortunes of the world.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The one law that does not change is that everything changes, and the hardship I was bearing today was only a breath away from the pleasures I would have tomorrow, and those pleasures would be all the richer because of the memories of this I was enduring.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


If we want everything to remain as it is, it will be necessary for everything to change.


Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa (1896-1957, Sicilian author)


A rut is a grave with no ends.


Alan Lampkin


Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them -- that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.


Bruce Lee (1940-1973, Chinese-American martial artist, actor, director, author)

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The powers in charge keep us in a perpetual state of fear; keep us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant sums demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.


Douglas Macarthur (1880-1964, American army general during WW II)


The basic fact of today is the tremendous.


Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964, Indian nationalist, statesman)


It often takes more courage to change one's opinion than to stick to it.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Just as we outgrow a pair of trousers, we outgrow acquaintances, libraries, principles, etc., at times before they're worn out and times -- and this is the worst of all -- before we have new ones.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors, and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be new views.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Change the fabric of your own soul and your own visions, and you change all.


Vachel Lindsay (1878-1931, American poet)


All things must change to something new, to something strange.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


The time is ripe, and rotten-ripe, for change; then let it come.


Amy Lowell (1874-1925, American poet, critic)


Where naught abiding is but only change.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Man would be "otherwise." That's the essence of the specifically human.


Antonio Machado


One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


Nothing should be permanent except struggle with the dark side within ourselves.


Shirley MacLaine (1934-, American actress)


Someday change will be accepted as life itself.


Shirley MacLaine (1934-, American actress)


The wind of change is blowing through the continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.


Harold MacMillan (1894-1986, British Prime Minister)


The world will change for the better when people decide they are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the way the world is, and decide to change themselves.


Sidney Madwed


Whatever you consider yourself to be changes from moment to moment. Nothing is constant.


Nisaragada Ha Maharaj


Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.


Norman Mailer (1923-, American author)


Change hurts. It makes people insecure, confused, and angry. People want things to be the same as they've always been; that makes life easier.  But, if you're a leader, you can't let your people hang on to the past.


Richard Marcinko (1940-, American business author)


All that philosophers have done is interpret the world in different ways. It is our job to change it.


Karl Marx (1818-1883, German political theorist, social philosopher)


Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does.


Mary’s Almanac


What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.


Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970, American psychologist)


There is nobody who totally lacks the courage to change.


Rollo May (1931-, American psychologist)


Slumber not in the tents of your fathers. The world is advancing.


Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872, Italian patriot, writer)


The problem is not whether business will survive in competition with business, but whether any business will survive at all in the face of social change.


Laurence J. McGinley


Nothing fails like success; nothing is so defeated as yesterday's triumphant cause.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


The only practice that's now constant is the practice of constantly accommodating to change.


William McGovern (American businessman, founder of MCI)


It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.


Mignon McLaughlin (1915-, American author, editor)


Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up, we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in. Fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood.


Sir Peter Medawar (1915-1987, British immunologist)


Man must be prepared for every event of life, for there is nothing that is durable.


Menander of Athens (BC 342-291, Greek dramatic poet)


Our fathers valued change for the sake of its results; we value it in the act.


Alice Meynell (1847-1922, British poet, essayist)


Fear of change perplexes monarchs.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


Believe, if thou wilt, that mountains change their place, but believe not that man changes his nature.


Mohammed (c.570-c.632, Mecca spiritual leader)


When things come to the worse, they generally mend.


Susanna Moodie (1803-1885, Canadian author)


People don't change. Only there costumes do.


Gene Moorse


Have no fear of change as such and, on the other hand, no liking for it merely for its own sake.


Robert Moses


Life as a whole is a ceaseless change... There is no sign of a physical limit yet.


Hermann Joseph Muller


You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.


Mike Murdock


We are shifting from a managerial society to an entrepreneurial society.


John Naisbitt (American trend analyst, futurist, author)


To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.


John Henry Newman (1801-1890, British religious leader, prelate, writer)


God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.


Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971, American theologian, historian)


Change yourself; change your fortunes.


Portuguese Proverb (Sayings of Portuguese origin)


What might not happen in a year might happen in an instant.


Puerto Rican Proverb


Cause change and lead; accept change and survive; resist change and die.


Ray Norda


Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.


Herbert A. Otto


All things change, nothing is extinguished. There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Continuity in everything is unpleasant.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


Change your thoughts and you change your world.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Change yourself and your work will seem different.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over.


Alfred Edward Perlman


Winners must learn to relish change with the same enthusiasm and energy that we have resisted it in the past.


Thomas J. Peters (1942-, American management consultant, author, lecturer)


I realized the problem was me and nobody could change me except myself.


John Petworth


I've always believed that it's important to show a new look periodically. Predictability can lead to failure.


Boone T. Pickens (American businessman, chairman of Mesa Petroleum)


The present will not long endure.


Pindar (BC 518?-18438, Greek poet)


My opinion is a view I hold until... well, until I find something that changes it.


Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936, Italian author, playwright)


In human life there is constant change of fortune; and it is unreasonable to expect an exemption from the common fate. Life itself decays, and all things are daily changing.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


Be not the first by which a new thing is tried, or the last to lay the old aside.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Just because everything's different doesn't mean anything's changed.


Irene Porter


Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes and I am left the same. The more things change the more I am the same. I am what I started with, and when it is all over I will be all that is left of me.


Hugh Prather


Things don't change, but by and by our wishes change.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


Don't change horses while crossing a stream.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Never swap horses crossing a stream.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


A man's fortune must first be changed from within.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


To change and change for the better are two different things


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Changing one's mind is more often a sign of prudence than of ignorance.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


The wind changes every day; a woman changes every second.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


There is nothing exempt from the peril of mutation; the earth, heavens, and whole world is thereunto subject.


Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618, British courtier, navigator, writer)


The moment of change is the only poem.


Adrienne Rich (1929-, American poet)


When you make a career change there has to be some kind of connection. I remember a Beverly Hills attorney who wanted to become a potato farmer in Oregon. Well, there's a guy who's born to lose.


Lew Richfield


Strong character is brought out by change, weak ones by permanence.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


Being ready isn't enough; you have to be prepared for a promotion or any other significant change.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. When people ask me what really changed my life eight years ago, I tell them that absolutely the most important thing was changing what I demanded of myself. I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate, and all the things that I aspired to becoming.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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For changes to be of any true value, they've got to be lasting and consistent.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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I've continued to recognize the power individuals have to change virtually anything and everything in their lives in an instant. I've learned that the resources we need to turn our dreams into reality are within us, merely waiting for the day when we decide to wake up and claim our birthright.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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Change means the unknown.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


It's nice to know that we don't need to wait till tomorrow, we can start to change the world today!


Wil Rose


America is the civilization of people engaged in transforming themselves. In the past, the stars of the performance were the pioneer and the immigrant. Today, it is youth and the Black.


Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978, American art critic, author)


There is not a single ill-doer who could not be turned to some good.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


We emphasize that we believe in change because we were born of it, we have lived by it, we prospered and grew great by it. So the ;status quo has never been our god, and we ask no one else to bow down before it.


Carl Rowan (1925-, American journalist)


In this world of change, naught which comes stays and naught which goes is lost.


Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857, Russian author)


One of the prevailing sources of misery and crime is in the generally accepted assumption, that because things have been wrong a long time, it is impossible they will ever be right.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


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