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If we learn the art of yielding what must be yielded to the changing present, we can save the best of the past.
      - Dean Acheson

That man is a creature that needs order yet yearns for change is the creative contradiction at the heart of the laws which structure his conformity and define his deviancy.
      - Freda Adler

I had seen the great, but I had not seen the small.
  [Fr., J'avais vu les grands, mais je n'avais pas vu les petits.]
      - Vittorio Alfieri,
        Reason for Changing his Democratic Opinions

Such fire was not by water to be drown'd,
  Nor he his nature changed by changing ground.
    [Lat., Ne spegner puo per star nell'acqua il foco;
      Ne puo stato mutar per mutar loco.]
      - Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando Furioso
         (XXVIII, 89)

Joy comes and goes, hope ebbs and flows
  Like the wave;
    Change doth unknit the tranquil strength of men.
      Love tends life a little grace,
        A few sad smiles; and then,
          Both are laid in one cold place,
            In the grave.
      - Matthew Arnold, A Question (st. 1)

Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix.
      - Christina Baldwin

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
      - Arnold Bennett (Enoch Arnold Bennett)

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
      - Henri Louis Bergson

Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?
      - Bible, Jeremiah (ch. XIII, v. 23)

Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.
      - Jorge Luis Borges

Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure.
      - Robert Browning, Rabbi Ben Ezra (st. 27)

Ween not that the world changes--did it keep
  A stable, changeless state, it were cause in deed to weep.
      - William Cullen Bryant

Weep not that the world changes--did it keep
  A stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.
      - William Cullen Bryant, Mutation

A state without some means of change is without the means of its conservation.
      - Edmund Burke

Ships, wealth, general confidence--
  All were his;
    He counted them at break of day,
      And when the sun set! where were they?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

To the mind,
  Which is itself, no changes bring surprise.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

I am not now
  That which I have been.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 185)

And one by one in turn, some grand mistake
  Casts off its bright skin yearly like the snake.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto V, st. 21)

A change came o'er the spirit of my dream.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Dream (st. 3)

Shrine of the mighty! can it be,
  That this is all remains of thee?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Giaour (l. 106)

How chang'd since last her speaking eye
  Glanc'd gladness round the glitt'ring room,
    Where high-born men were proud to wait--
      Where Beauty watched to imitate.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Parisina (st. 10)

To-day is not yesterday: we ourselves change; how can our Works and Thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed, is painful; yet ever needful; and if Memory have its force and worth, so also has Hope.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--Characteristics

Times change and we change with them. The stars rule men but God rules the stars.
  [Lat., Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis.
    Astra regunt homines, sed regit astra Deus.]
      - Christoph Cellarius (Keller),
        Harmonia Macrocosmica

Sancho Panza by name is my own self, if I was not changed in my cradle.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. XXX)

Nothing maintains its bloom forever; age succeeds age.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

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