Quotations About / On: CHANGE

  • 61.
    We shall have to begin all over again. [Taft hoped that] the Senators might change their minds, or that the people might change the Senate; instead of which they changed me.
    (William Howard Taft (1857-1930), U.S. president. William H. Taft Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Letter to P. C. Knox (January 12, 1912). Knox was Taft's Secretary of State.)
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  • 62.
    Politics is repetition. It is not change. Change is something beyond what we call politics. Change is the essence politics is supposed to be the means to bring into being.
    (Kate Millett (b. 1934), U.S. feminist theorist, literary critic, essayist, autobiographer, sculptor. Flying, pt. 5, Alfred A. Knopf (1974).)
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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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).)
  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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).)
  • 67.
    Many try to force the past to change.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 68.
    A baby changes your dinner party conversation from politics to poops.
    (Maurice Johnstone (20th century), U.S. father. quoted in What Is a Baby?, By Richard and Helen Exley.)
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  • 69.
    Every work of art changes its predecessors.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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  • 70.
    One never can know the whys and the wherefores of one's passional changes.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. First published by T. Seltzer (1928). "The Captain's Doll," The Tales of D. H. Lawrence, M. Secker (1934).)
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