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





They are the weakest-minded and the hardest-hearted men that most love change.


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


All movements go too far.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.


Nolan Ryan (1947-, American baseball player)


He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality.


Anwar Sadat


The primary and most beautiful of Nature's qualities is motion, which agitates her at all times, but this motion is simply a perpetual consequence of crimes, she conserves it by means of crimes only.


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


As the blessings of health and fortune have a beginning, so they must also find an end. Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay.


Sallust (BC 86-34, Roman historian)


The old woman I shall become will be quite different from the woman I am now. Another I is beginning.


George Sand (1804-1876, French novelist)


In a moving world readaptation is the price of longevity.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


Some people change their ways when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.


Caroline Schoeder


Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


Each one of us can work for a small change in the world around us.


Lamar S. Smith


I am not called upon or expected to change any world except the one at the end of my fingertips.


Richard F. Schubert


You will suddenly realize that the reason you never changed before was because you didn't want to.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


We need to change so we can remain the same.


Dorothy Serrity


This, too, shall pass.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


This, too, shall pass.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


People do no change with the times, they change the times.


P.K. Shaw


All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another!


Gail Sheehy (1937-, American journalist, author)


Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one's own unnecessary vegetation.


Gail Sheehy (1937-, American journalist, author)


Life may change, but it may fly not; Hope may vanish, but can die not; Truth be veiled, but still it burneth; Love repulsed, -- but it returneth.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


Man's yesterday may never be like his morrow; Nought may endure but Mutability.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


There are people who not only strive to remain static themselves, but strive to keep everything else so... their position is almost laughably hopeless.


Odell Shepard


Change is not only likely; it's inevitable.


Barbara Sher (American author of "I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was")


A stop sign is a gift for you to learn that moving in the same direction won't take you any place new.


Rex Steven Sikes (American trainer, peak performance expert)


Change can either challenge or threaten us. Your beliefs pave your way to success or block you.


Marsha Sinetar (American author, "To Build The Life You Want, Create The Work You Love")


I have found that sitting in a place where you have never sat before can be inspiring.


Dodie Smith


I have found that sitting in a place where you have never sat before can be inspiring.


Dodie Smith


Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


The longer you stay in one place, the greater your chances of disillusionment.


Art Spander


A living thing is distinguished from a dead thing by the multiplicity of the changes at any moment taking place in it.


Herbert Spencer (1820-1903, British philosopher)


It is not well to make great changes in old age.


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist preacher)


Things good in themselves ... perfectly valid in the integrity of their origins, become fetters if they cannot alter.


Freya Stark (1893-1993, British travel writer)


Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.


Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965, American lawyer, politician)


Wherever we are, it is but a stage on the way to somewhere else, and whatever we do, however well we do it, it is only a preparation to do something else that shall be different.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


As we learn we always change, and so our perception. This changed perception then becomes a new Teacher inside each of us.


Hyemeyohsts Storm


Change lays her hand not upon the truth.


Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909, British poet)


A rolling stone can gather no moss.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


It's a bad plan that can't be changed.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.


Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941, Indian poet, philosopher)


Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


The old order changeth yielding place to new, and God fulfills himself in many ways.


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


It is possible for someone to be changed so much by love that he will hardly be recognized as being the same person.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Song of Solomon 2:11-12


In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.


Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher)


Things do not change, we do.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Never change a winning game; always change a losing one.


Bill Tilden (1893-1953, American tennis player)


Man has a limited biological capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock.


Alvin Toffler (1928-, American author)


Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience, not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


True life is lived when tiny changes occur.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


There are those who have discovered that fear is death in life, and have willingly risked physical death and loss of all that is considered valuable in order to live in freedom.


Virginia Burden Tower


Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.


Donald Trump (1946-, American businessman, actor)


We are chameleons, and our partialities and prejudices change place with an easy and blessed facility.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Any change or reform you make is going to have consequence you don't like.


Mo Udall


Change is not reform, any more than noise is music.


Author Unknown


Change tends to be viewed as a threat to our control.


Author Unknown


Changes start occurring when budgets are cut.


Author Unknown


Constant change is here to stay.


Author Unknown


Early civilizations complained about still earlier ones, much as we do about both.


Author Unknown


For organizations and employees alike, the only real security is the ability to grow, change and adapt.


Author Unknown


I tried to change the world, but I was outnumbered.


Author Unknown


If you don't place your foot on the rope, you'll never cross the chasm.


Author Unknown


In order to change, we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.


Author Unknown


It is a psychological fact that you can influence your environment and thoughts. If you do so consciously and with high purpose, you can change your habits and attitudes for the better.


Author Unknown


It's only the view from where you sit that makes you feel defeat. Life is full of many aisles, so why don't you change your seat?


Author Unknown


Most of us will do anything to become good except change our way of living.


Author Unknown


People who wait for changes to occur on the outside before they commit to making changes on the inside will never make any changes at all.


Author Unknown


Some folks won't look up until they are flat on their backs.


Author Unknown


The fish only knows that it lives in the water, after it is already on the river bank. Without our awareness of another world out there, it would never occur to us to change.


Author Unknown


The only people who like change are wet babies.


Author Unknown


To make a change often takes a lot of initial energy and effort. This is not unlike a rocket that expends most of its energy in the first few miles even though its destination may be hundreds of thousands of miles away.


Author Unknown


Two basic rules of life: 1. Change is Inevitable 2. Everyone Resists Change. Remember this: When you are through're through.


Author Unknown


Use a gyroscope to demonstrate how, over time, we become fixed in our ways, personalities, and, as a mature person, psychologically resistant to change. With EFFORT, however, we can make changes. We are not today exactly what we were yesterday. We are almost imperceptibly different. We do change with time and we can control to an extent the direction of the changes.


Author Unknown


When it becomes more difficult to suffer than change -- then you will change.


Author Unknown


You can't expect to meet the challenges of today with yesterday's tools and expect to be in business tomorrow.


Author Unknown


If anyone accuses me of contradicting myself, I reply: Because I have been wrong once, or oftener, I do not aspire to be always wrong.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


Thus all things are doomed to change for the worse and retrograde.


Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)


Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

Author's website:


You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.


Lech Walesa (1943-, Polish trade union leader, politician)


It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


There are things I can't force. I must adjust.


C. M. Ward


Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk.


William A. Ward


The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.


Alan W. Watts (1915-1973, British-born American philosopher, author)


Adapt or perish, now as ever, is Nature's inexorable imperative.


H.G. Wells (1866-1946, British-born American author)


The complaint about modern steel furniture, modern glass houses, modern red bars and modern streamlined trains and cars is that all these objets modernize, while adequate and amusing in themselves, tend to make the people who use them look dated. It is an honest criticism. The human race has done nothing much about changing its own appearance to conform to the form and texture of its appurtenances.


Elwyn Brooks White (1899-1985, American author, editor)


We live in an era when rapid change breeds fear, and fear too often congeals us into a rigidity which we mistake for stability.


Lynn White


Let that which stood in front go behind, let that which was behind advance to the front, let bigots, fools, unclean persons, offer new propositions, let the old propositions be postponed.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


Change is the watchword of progression. When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new. This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb, and to seek the mountain view.


Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1855-1919, American poet, journalist)


Always! That is the dreadful word... it is a meaningless word, too.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.


Tennessee Williams (1914-1983, American dramatist)


Birth is violent, whether it be the birth of a child or the birth of an idea.


Marianne Williamson (1952-, American author, lecturer on spirituality)


He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.


Harold Wilson (1916-1995, British statesman, Prime Minister)


You had better be ready to change your mind when needed, or your mind will change you.


Henry B. Wilson


If you want to make enemies, try to change something.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


To do things today exactly the way you did them yesterday saves thinking.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


The continuous invention of new ways of observing is man's special secret of living.


J. Z. Young


Any truth creates a scandal.


Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987, French novelist)


Though I might travel afar, I will meet only what I carry with me, for every man is a mirror. We see only ourselves reflected in those around us. Their attitudes and actions are only a reflection of our own. The whole world and its condition has its counter parts within us all. Turn the gaze inward. Correct yourself and your world will change.


Kirsten Zambucka


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