Quotations About / On:
Everyone needs reminders that the fact of their being on this earth is important and that each life changes everything.
(Marge Kennedy (20th century), U.S. author. 100 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Family Together..., Part 1, p. 19 (1994).)
Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich.
(Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 163, trans. by E. Powys Mathers (1926).)
When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.
(Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926), U.S. trade unionist, Socialist leader. speech, Sept. 11, 1918, Cleveland, Ohio. Eugene V. Debs Speaks, ed. Jean Y. Tussey (1970).
Defending himself against charges of sedition; found guilty, he was subsequently jailed for three years.)
One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. Entry December 23, 1911. Diaries: 1910-1913, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Joseph Kresh, New York, Schocken Books (1948).)
I resist change even as I call for it.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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. Principles of Biology, pt. 1, ch. 4 (1865).)
Wallace Stevens: the Platonist celebrates endless change, but with regret.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
Each child is an adventure into a better lifean opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.
(Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, July 27, 1965, Detroit, Michigan.)
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).)
Everything can change, but not the language that we carry inside us, like a world more exclusive and final than one's mother's womb.
(Italo Calvino (1923-1985), Italian novelist, critic. repr. In The Literature Machine (1987). Grand Bazaar (Milan, September-October 1980).)