„I write a lot, but it's not all fantastic. There's plenty of terrible crap. We work on a few things at a time, let some things fall away, make changes.“
— Amanda Palmer American punk-cabaret musician 1976
Interview in Only Angels Have Wings (April 2004) http://onlyangels.free.fr/interviews/d/dresden_dolls.htm
Context: I write a lot, but it's not all fantastic. There's plenty of terrible crap. We work on a few things at a time, let some things fall away, make changes. We certainly have enough for the next album, which could take at least another year to come out.
„What I have written will bring no change to our textbooks or to the education system which produces them. Few will read this book. Fewer will remember it after reading it. Our own little stubborn world will go on as it has been going on for 45 years.“
— Khursheed Kamal Aziz historian 1927 - 2009
Khursheed Kamal Aziz The Murder of History, critique of history textbooks used in Pakistan, 1993
„I want to start a revolution, I can't change things overnight but in 100–200 years, there will be very few pure Japanese left, so we have to start changing the way we think.“
— Ariana Miyamoto Miss Universe Japan 2015 1994
12 May 2015 to Associated Free Press via Cosmopolitan http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/news/a40403/ariana-miyamoto-miss-universe-japan/
— Carolyn See American writer 1934 - 2016
„Doesn't every sentence somehow contain in itself, at least by implication, the whole argument? Sure. So what? Remember that any sentence can be changed, rewritten, thrown out or contradicted. That lets you write anything at all.“
— Howard S. Becker American sociologist 1928
Source: Writing for Social Scientists (1986), p. 70.
„Nature which governs the whole will soon change all things which thou seest, and out of there substance will make other things, and again other things from the substance of them, in order that the world may ever be new.“
VII, 25 (See also Charles Darwin)
Meditations (c. 121–180 AD), Book VII
„Keep track of gradual improvements. A small change every year can translate to a huge change in decades.“
Source: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
„Chemistry is the science of matter and the changes it can undergo. The world of chemistry therefore embraces everything material around us—the stones we stand on, the food we eat, the flesh we are made of, and the silicon we build into computers. There is nothing material beyond the reach of chemistry, be it living or dead, vegetable or mineral, on Earth or in a distant star.“
— Peter Atkins British chemist 1940
Peter Atkins and Loretta Jones, Chemical Principles: The Quest for Insight, 4th ed. (2008)
— Dave Matthews American singer-songwriter, musician and actor 1967
Remember Two Things (1993)
„The world turns and the world changes,
But one thing does not change.
In all of my years, one thing does not change,
However you disguise it, this thing does not change:
The perpetual struggle of Good and Evil.“
— T.S. Eliot 20th century English author 1888 - 1965
Choruses from The Rock (1934)
„Such people who choose to depress are not mentally ill; their brain chemistry is not abnormal. It is changed from what it is when they are happy, but that change is perfectly normal for the total behavior, depressing, they are choosing…. The brain chemistry no more causes his depressing than sweating causes running. It is the choice to depress or to run that results in both.“
— William Glasser American psychiatrist 1925 - 2013
Source: Choice Theory (1997), p. 85
„In the next ten years we will have to continue to make changes which will make the whole of this country a genuinely classless society.“
— John Major Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1943
Today newspaper, 24 November 1990.
„I began to write in the first place because I expected everything to change, and I wanted to have things in writing the way they had been.“
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
"One Day in the Afternoon of the World" (1964)
Context: I began to write in the first place because I expected everything to change, and I wanted to have things in writing the way they had been. Just a little things, of course. A little of my little.
„I would think a faith in God is one thing. I think that if we could change the whole world and keep the land is another thing. Change things yet keep keep the relationship is another thing.“
— Ernest J. Gaines Novelist, short story writer, teacher 1933 - 2019
Gaines response after being asked: "Do you also see things in that world that you wish could be retained?", as quoted by Marcia Gaudet and Carl WootonPorch in Talk with Ernest Gaines: Conversations on the Writer's Craft http://books.google.es/books?id=JtRNfST4g_QC&hl=es&source=gbs_navlinks_s (1990)
— Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430
As quoted in Manipulus Florum (c. 1306), edited by Thomas Hibernicus, Superbia i cum uariis; also in Best Thoughts Of Best Thinkers: Amplified, Classified, Exemplified and Arranged as a Key to unlock the Literature of All Ages (1904) edited by Hialmer Day Gould and Edward Louis Hessenmueller
Original: (la) Humilitas homines sanctis angelis similes facit, et superbia ex angelis demones facit.
— Janette Rallison American writer 1966
Source: My Fair Godmother
„What astonishing changes a few years are capable of producing! I am told that even respectable characters speak of a monarchical form of government without horror.“
— George Washington first President of the United States 1732 - 1799
Letter to John Jay (15 August 1786) http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/documents/constitution/1784/jay2.html
Context: If you tell the Legislatures they have violated the treaty of peace and invaded the prerogatives of the confederacy they will laugh in your face. What then is to be done? Things cannot go on in the same train forever. It is much to be feared, as you observe, that the better kind of people being disgusted with the circumstances will have their minds prepared for any revolution whatever. We are apt to run from one extreme into another. To anticipate & prevent disasterous contingencies would be the part of wisdom & patriotism.
What astonishing changes a few years are capable of producing! I am told that even respectable characters speak of a monarchical form of government without horror. From thinking proceeds speaking, thence to acting is often but a single step. But how irrevocable & tremendous! What a triumph for the advocates of despotism to find that we are incapable of governing ourselves, and that systems founded on the basis of equal liberty are merely ideal & falacious! Would to God that wise measures may be taken in time to avert the consequences we have but too much reason to apprehend.
Retired as I am from the world, I frankly acknowledge I cannot feel myself an unconcerned spectator. Yet having happily assisted in bringing the ship into port & having been fairly discharged; it is not my business to embark again on a sea of troubles. Nor could it be expected that my sentiments and opinions would have much weight on the minds of my Countrymen — they have been neglected, tho' given as a last legacy in the most solemn manner. I had then perhaps some claims to public attention. I consider myself as having none at present.