Quotations About / On: CHANGE
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.)
Many try to force the past to change.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
Our image has undergone change from David fighting Goliath to being Goliath.
(Yitzhak Shamir (b. 1915), Israeli politician, prime minister. quoted in Daily Telegraph (London, Jan. 25, 1989).)
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).)