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  • Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.
    * Saul Alinsky

  • It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be...This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking.
    * Isaac Asimov

  • Weep not that the world changes--did it keep
    A stable, changeless state, 'twere cause indeed to weep.
    * William Cullen Bryant

  • The lapse of ages changes all things--time, language, the earth, the bounds of the sea, the stars of the sky, and every thing "about, around, and underneath" man, except man himself.
    * Lord Byron

  • To remain young one must change. The perpetual campus hero is not a young man but an old boy.
    * Alexander Chase

  • Variety's the very spice of life,
    That gives it all its flavour.
    * William Cowper

  • Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast. If a man habituated to a narrow circle of cares and pleasures, out of which he seldom travels, step beyond it, though for never so brief a space, his departure from the monotonous scene on which he has been an actor of importance would seem to be the signal for instant confusion...The mine which Time has slowly dug beneath familiar objects is sprung in an instant; and what was rock before, becomes but sand and dust.
    * Charles Dickens

  • There is something in the pang of change
    More than the heart can bear,
    Unhappiness remembering happiness.
    * Euripedes

  • You cannot step twice into the same river; for other waters are continually flowing in.
    * Heraclitus

  • Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.
    * Richard Hooker

  • There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in travelling in a stage-coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.
    * Washington Irving

  • Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.
    * Robert F. Kennedy

  • We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.
    * W. Somerset Maugham

  • Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in...Fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood.
    * Sir Peter Medawar

  • Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.
    * Bertrand Russell

  • Man's yesterday may ne'er be like his morrow;
    Nought may endure but Mutability.
    * Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.
    * Lord Tennyson

  • There was no such thing on this earth as real change. You could change husbands, but not the situation. You could change who, but not what. We're all just spinning here, she thought, and she pictured the world as a little blue teacup, revolving like those rides at Kiddie Land where everyone is pinned to his place by centrifugal force.
    * Anne Tyler