Quotations About / On: CHANGE

  • 51.
    The correct rate of speed in innovating changes in long-standing social customs has not yet been determined by even the most expert of the experts. Personally I am beginning to think there is more danger in lagging than in speeding up cultural change to keep pace with mechanical change.
    (Mary Barnett Gilson (1877-?), U.S. factory personnel manager, economist, and educator. What's Past is Prologue, ch. 17 (1940).)
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  • 52.
    What, then, is the true Gospel of consistency? Change. Who is the really consistent man? The man who changes. Since change is the law of his being, he cannot be consistent if he stick in a rut.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. paper, read in Hartford, Connecticut, 1884; repr. In Complete Essays, ed. Charles Neider (1963). "Consistency," (1923).)
  • 53.
    The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
    (Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Sunday Times: Books (London, May 10, 1992).)
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  • 54.
    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, lexicographer. Nekayah, in The History of Rasselas, ch. 47 (1759).)
  • 55.
    It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily.
    (Jules Furthman (1888-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and Josef von Sternberg. Shanghai Lily (Marlene Dietrich), in Shanghai Express (film) (1932).)
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  • 56.
    Any solution to a problem changes the problem.
    (R.W. (Richard William) Johnson (b. 1916), U.S. journalist, newspaper executive. Washingtonian (November 1979).)
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  • 57.
    Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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  • 58.
    True self is the part of us that does not change when circumstances do.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 59.
    Change often makes accepted customs into crimes.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 60.
    A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
    (Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish Protestant political writer. Reflections on the Revolution in France, p. 19, ed. Pocock (1790).)
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