Quotations About / On: CHANGE
Politicians love change, but of details only.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
I change my opinions often, but not my way of thinking.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.
(Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "The Guermantes Way," pt. 2, ch. 2, Remembrance of Things Past, vol. 6 (1921), cit. By Ronald and Colette Cortie (1988).)
Everything in the world can be changed, my dear Florestan, but the human being.
(Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi, pt. I (1952).)
Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.
(Richard Hooker (1554-1600), British theologian. Quoted in Samuel Johnson, Dictionary of the English Language, preface (1755).)
... wariness about change is a kind of prairie wisdom.
(Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 9 (1993).)
I resist change even as I call for it.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
Wallace Stevens: the Platonist celebrates endless change, but with regret.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
Had Cleopatra's nose been shorter, the whole face of the world would have changed.
(Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 413, ed. Krailsheimer; no. 162, ed. Brunschvicg (1670, trans. 1688), rev. A.J. Krailsheimer (1966).)
Sophistication knows the score, but is powerless to change it.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)