Quotations About / On: CHANGE

  • 61.
    The real sadness of fifty is not that you change so much but that you change so little.
    (Max Lerner (b. 1902), U.S. author, columnist. repr. in The Unfinished Country, pt. 1 (1959). "Fifty," New York Post (December 18, 1952).)
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  • 62.
    Always get rid of theory private object in this way: assume that it constantly changes, but that you do not notice the change because your memory constantly deceives you.
    (Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher, worked m.. Philosophical Investigations, Part II, p. 209e, Macmillan (1953).)
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  • 63.
    ... religion can only change when the emotions which fill it are changed; and the religion of personal fear remains nearly at the level of the savage.
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 61 (1871-1872).)
  • 64.
    We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution.
    (Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. "A Time of Juveniles," The Temper of Our Time (1967).)
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  • 65.
    Women hope men will change after marriage but they don't; men hope women won't change but they do.
    (Bettina Arndt (20th century), Australian journalist. Private Lives, ch. 2 (1986).)
  • 66.
    News reports don't change the world. Only facts change it, and those have already happened when we get the news.
    (Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act I (1956).)
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  • 67.
    We make some changes. But mostly changes make us.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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  • 68.
    Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art.
    (John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. author, critic. New Yorker (July 30, 1990).)
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  • 69.
    Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically just so much.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech at a Republican banquet, Chicago, Illinois, Dec. 10, 1856. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 385, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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  • 70.
    'One thing that you should know is one thing I have observed, that change is often immune to meta-critique. Sincerely, the longer and more arduously we critique, the less we will know, and the less things will really change. The most profound changes are largely emotional. The smallest changes occur such as right after Platonism in philosophy, or right after Godel in mathematics: big ideas that take up space and make people stop thinking about emotional change. Sincerely, it is possible to emotionally change for long periods of time without having any big ideas. But where there is a large body of meta-critique, the only changes that can occur are intellectual, and as a result human beings will be tapped out when it comes to explaining real events which are neither precisely intellectual, nor precisely literal, yet which depend on emotions to be interpreted.'
    (- -Nathan Coppedge, February 2018)
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