„Our heads are round so thought can change direction“

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American poet 1926 - 1997

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„One of our greatest strengths as a democracy is that when we're headed in the wrong direction, we can correct our course. When policies are clearly not working, we, the people, can change them.“

—  Al Gore 45th Vice President of the United States 1948

Quotes, DNC Address (2004)
Context: One of our greatest strengths as a democracy is that when we're headed in the wrong direction, we can correct our course. When policies are clearly not working, we, the people, can change them. If our leaders make mistakes, we can hold them accountable — even if they never admit their mistakes.
I firmly believe America needs new leadership that will make us stronger at home and respected in the world.

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„Like sailors, we cannot change the weather or the direction of the wind. But we change the direction of our sails.“

—  Bob Rae Canadian politician 1948

Source: The Three Questions - Prosperity and the Public Good (1998), Chapter Five, The Second Question: Charity and Welfare-The Old Debate Is New Again, p. 95

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„We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes. The situation that we hoped to change because it was intolerable becomes unimportant. We have not managed to surmount the obstacle, as we were absolutely determined to do, but life has taken us round it, led us past it, and then if we turn round to gaze at the remote past, we can barely catch sight of it, so imperceptible has it become.“

—  Marcel Proust, book In Search of Lost Time

Nous n'arrivons pas à changer les choses selon notre désir, mais peu à peu notre désir change. La situation que nous espérions changer parce qu'elle nous était insupportable, nous devient indifférente. Nous n'avons pas pu surmonter l'obstacle, comme nous le voulions absolument, mais la vie nous l'a fait tourner, dépasser, et c'est à peine alors si en nous retournant vers le lointain du passé nous pouvons l'apercevoir, tant il est devenu imperceptible.
Source: In Search of Lost Time, Remembrance of Things Past (1913-1927), Vol. VI: The Sweet Cheat Gone (1925), Ch. I: "Grief and Oblivion"

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„Change your thoughts and you can change the world.“

—  Norman Vincent Peale American writer 1898 - 1993

As quoted in Back on Track : How to Straighten Out Your Life When It Throws You a Curve (1997) by Deborah Norville, p. 201
Variant: Change your thoughts and you change your world.

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„Although our great man at the head of the nation, has changed his course, I will not change mine.“

—  Davy Crockett American politician 1786 - 1836

On US President Andrew Jackson, as quoted in David Crockett: The Man and the Legend (1994) by James Atkins Shackford, p. 112
Context: Although our great man at the head of the nation, has changed his course, I will not change mine. … I was also a supporter of this administration after it came into power, and until the Chief Magistrate changed the principles which he professed before his election. When he quitted those principles, I quit him. I am yet a Jackson man in principles, but not in name... I shall insist upon it that I am still a Jackson man, but General Jackson is not; he has become a Van Buren man.

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„Will change the pebbles of our puddly thought
To orient pearls.“

—  Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas French writer 1544 - 1590

Second Week, Third Day, Part i. Compare: "Now morn, her rosy steps in th’ eastern clime, Advancing, sow’d the earth with orient pearl", John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book v, line 1.; "Orient pearls", William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, act iv. sc. 1.
La Seconde Semaine (1584)

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„The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.“

—  Marcus Aurelius, book Meditations

The universe is flux, life is opinion.
The universe is transformation: life is opinion. (Long translation)
ὁ κόσμος ἀλλοίωσις, ὁ βίος ὑπόληψις.
IV, 3
Variant: Our life is what our thoughts make it.
Source: Meditations (c. 121–180 AD), Book IV

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„It's the new management's job to look at the world as it changes, and how do we look at change and take advantage of change, rather than put our head in the ground.“

—  Sanford I. Weill American banker and philantrhopist 1933

Weill Says Citigroup CEO May Have to Revise Strategy, 2007-12-12 http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=ao4zpTsefceU&refer=home,

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„Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment. We face a direct existential threat.“

—  António Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations 1949

António Guterres, "Secretary-General's remarks on Climate Change" https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2018-09-10/secretary-generals-remarks-climate-change-delivered, 10 September 2018.

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„Our society is changing so rapidly that none of us can know what it is or where it is going.“

—  Edwin H. Land American scientist and inventor 1909 - 1991

Testimony in The Public Television Act of 1967 : Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Communications, by the United States Congress, p. 167
Context: Our society is changing so rapidly that none of us can know what it is or where it is going. All of us who are mature feel that there are historic principles of behavior and morality, of things that we all believe in that are being lost, not because young people couldn't believe in them, but because there is no language for translating them into contemporary terms.
The search for that language, the search for the ways to tell young people what we know as we grow older — the permanent and wonderful things about life — will be one of the great functions of this system. We are losing this generation. We all know that. We need a way to get them back.

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„How quickly expectations can change one’s behavior, she thought.“

—  David D. Levine, book Arabella of Mars

Source: Arabella of Mars (2016), Chapter 16, “Passenger” (p. 231)

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