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Quotations About / On: CHANGE

  • 81.
    I resist change even as I call for it.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 82.
    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).)
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  • 83.
    Wallace Stevens: the Platonist celebrates endless change, but with regret.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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  • 84.
    Each child is an adventure into a better life—an 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.)
  • 85.
    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).)
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  • 86.
    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).)
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  • 87.
    Sophistication knows the score, but is powerless to change it.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    Tax avoidance means that you hire a $250,000-fee lawyer, and he changes the word 'evasion' into the word 'avoidance.'
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Politics of Upheaval, p. 333, Houghton Mifflin Co. (1960).)
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  • 90.
    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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