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[ Also see Choice Destiny Events Fate Fickleness Improvement Inconsistency Inconstancy Indecision Innovation Luck Mutability Novelty Progress Reform Vacillation Variety Vicissitudes ]

So many great nobles, things, administrations,
  So many high chieftains, so many brave nations,
    So many proud princes, and power so splendid,
      In a moment, a twinkling, all utterly ended.
      - da Todi Jacopone (Jacobus de Benedictus),
        De Contemptu Mundi

As the rolling stone gathers no moss, so the roving heart gathers no affections.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson,
        Studies--Detached Thoughts--Sternberg's Novels

Such are the vicissitudes of the world, through all its parts, that day and night, labor and rest, hurry and retirement, endear each other; such are the changes that keep the mind in action: we desire, we pursue, we obtain, we are satiated; we desire something else and begin a new pursuit.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The general remedy of those who are uneasy without knowing the cause is change of place.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worst to better.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Dictionary of the English Language

He is no wise man that will quit a certainty for an uncertainty.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        The Idler (no. 57)

To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
      - Helen Adams Keller

The Moving Finger writes; and having writ,
  Moves on; nor all your Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
      Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 71),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

The world goes up and the world goes down,
  And the sunshine follows the rain;
    And yesterday's sneer and yesterday's frown
      Can never come over again,
        Sweet wife.
          No, never come over again.
      - Charles Kingsley, Dolcino to Margaret

Neither blows from pitchfork, nor from the lash, can make him change his ways.
  [Fr., Coups de fourches ni d'etriveres,
    Ne lui font changer de manieres.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (II, 18)

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.
      - R.D. Laing, The Politics of Experience

If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.
      - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard

Time fleeth on,
  Youth soon is gone,
    Naught earthly may abide;
      Life seemeth fast,
        But may not last--
          It runs as runs the time.
      - Charles Godfrey Leland, Many in One
         (pt. II, st. 21)

I do not allow myself to suppose that either the convention or the League, have concluded to decide that I am either the greatest or the best man in America, but rather they have concluded it is not best to swap horses while crossing the river, and have further concluded that I am not so poor a horse that they might not make a botch of it in trying to swap.
      - Abraham Lincoln,
        to a delegation of the National Union League on his second nomination

All things must change
  To something new, to something strange.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Keramos
         (l. 32)

But the nearer the dawn the darker the night,
  And by going wrong all things come right;
    Things have been mended that were worse,
      And the worse, the nearer they are to mend.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Tales of a Wayside Inn--The Baron of St. Castine
         (l. 265)

Full from the fount of Joy's delicious springs
  Some bitter o'er the flowers its bubbling venom springs.
    [Lat., Medio de fonte leporum
      Surgit amari aliquid, quod in ipsis floribus angat.]
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        De Rerum Natura (IV, 1,129),
        translated in Byron's "Childe Harold", canto I., st. 82

Do not think that years leave us and find us the same!
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. II, canto II, st. 3)

Weary the cloud falleth out of the sky,
  Dreary the leaf lieth low.
    All things must come to the earth by and by,
      Out of which all things grow.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        The Wanderer--Earth's Havings (bk. III)

Everything that is created is changed by the laws of man; the earth does not know itself in the revolution of years; even the races of man assume various forms in the course of ages.
  [Lat., Omnia mortali mutantur lege creata,
    Nec se cognoscunt errae vertentibus annis,
      Et mutant variam faciem per saecula gentes.]
      - Manilius (Manlius or Mallius) (Marcus or Caius),
        Astronomica (515)

Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change.
      - Katherine Mansfield

All of us, from time to time, need a plunge into freedom and novelty, after which routine and discipline will seem delightful by contrast.
      - Andre Maurois

Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
      - Margaret Mead

Change is not progress.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Our fathers valued change for the sake of its results; we value it in the act.
      - Alice Christiana Meynell (Mrs. Alice Thompson)

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