Quotations About / On: CHANGE
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).)
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).)
Every work of art changes its predecessors.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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.)