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To-morrow to fresh woods, and pastures new.
      - John Milton, Lycidas (l. 193)

In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds
  On half the nations, and with fear of change
    Perplexes monarchs.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 597)

Believe, if thou wilt, that mountains change their places, but believe not that man changes his nature.
      - Mohammed (Mahomet)

We have changed all that.
  [Fr., Nous avons change tout cela.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Le Medeccin Malgre lui (II, 6)

Saturninus said, "Comrades, you have lost a good captain to make him an ill general."
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Of Vanity
         (bk. III, ch. IX)

All that's bright must fade,--
  The brightest still the fleetest;
    All that's sweet was made
      But to be lost when sweetest.
      - Thomas Moore,
        National Airs--All That's Bright Must Fade

Alack, this world
  Is full of change, change, change--nothing but change!
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik)

None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting a few months or a few years to change all the tenor of our lives.
      - Kathleen Norris (nee Kathleen Thompson and wife of C.G. Norris)

All things change, nothing perishes.
  [Lat., Omnia mutantur, nihil interit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (XV, 165)

My merry, merry, merry roundelay,
  Concludes with Cupid's curse,
    They that do change old love for new,
      Pray gods, they change for worse!
      - George Peele,
        Cupid's Curse; From the Arraignment of Paris

See dying vegetables life sustain,
  See life dissolving vegetate again;
    All forms that perish other forms supply;
      (By turns we catch the vital breath and die.)
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. III, l. 15)

Alas! in truth, the man but chang'd his mind,
  Perhaps was sick, in love, or had not dined.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. I, pt. II)

Manners with Fortunes, Humours turn with Climes,
  Tenets with Books, and Principles with Times.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. I, pt. II)

Till Peter's keys come christen'd Jove adorn,
  And Pan to Moses lends his Pagan born.
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
         (bk. III, l. 109)

We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.
      - Marcel Proust

Turned the pigs into the grass.
  [Fr., Tournoit les truies au foin.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Gargantua,
        a phrase meaning to change the subject

We do not know either unalloyed happiness or unmitigated misfortune. Everything in this world is a tangled yarn; we taste nothing in its purity; we do not remain two moments in the same state. Our affections as well as bodies, are in a perpetual flux.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

As the blessings of health and fortune have a beginning, so they must also find an end. Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay.
  [Lat., Corporis et fortunae bonorum ut initium finis est. Omnia orta occidunt, et orta senescunt.]
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus),
        Jugurtha (II)

Changing hands without changing measures is as if a drunkard in a dropsy should change his doctors, and not his diet.
      - John Faucit Saville

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

With every change his features play'd,
  As aspens show the light and shade.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Rokeby
         (canto III, st. 5)

As hope and fear alternate chase
  Our course through life's uncertain race.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Rokeby (canto VI, st. 2)

When change itself can give no more,
  'Tis easy to be true.
      - Sir Charles Sedley, Reasons for Constancy

I must not think there are
  Evils enow to darken all his goodness:
    His faults, in him, seem as the spots of heaven,
      More fiery by night's blackness; hereditary
        Rather than purchased, what he cannot change
          Than what he chooses.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Lepidus at I, iv)

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