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This world is not for aye, nor 'tis not strange
  That even our loves should with our fortunes change,
    For 'tis a question left us yet to prove,
      Whether love lead fortune, or else fortune love.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (King at III, ii)

That we would do
  We should do when we would, for this 'would' changes,
    And hath abatements and delays as many
      As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents,
        And then this 'should' is like a spendthrift sigh,
          That hurts by easing.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (King at IV, vii)

All things that we ordained festival
  Turn from their office to black funeral--
    Our instruments to melancholy bells,
      Our wedding cheer to a sad burial feast;
        Our solemn hymns to sullen dirges change;
          Our bridal flowers serve for a buried corse;
            And all things change them to the contrary.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Capulet at IV, v)

Old fashions please me best; I am not so nice
  To change true rules for odd inventions.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Bianca at III, i)

Full fathom five thy father lies;
  Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes;
      Both of him that doth fade
        But doth suffer a sea-change
          Into something rich and strange.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Ariel's song at I, ii)

The love of wicked men converts to fear;
  That fear to hate, and hate turns one or both
    To worthy danger and deserved death.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (King Richard at V, i)

Changes are not predictable; but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one's own unnecessary vegetation.
      - Gail Sheehy

Nought may endure but Mutability.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Life may change, but it may fly not;
  Hope may vanish, but can die not;
    Truth be veiled, but still it burneth;
      Love repulsed,--but it returneth.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Hellas (semi-chorus)

Men must reap the things they sow,
  Force from force must ever flow,
    Or worse; but 'tis a bitter woe
      That love or reason cannot change.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley,
        Lines Written among the Euganean Hills
         (l. 232)

Neither to change, nor falter, nor repent;
  This, like thy glory, Titan! is to be
    Good, great, and joyous, beautiful and free;
      This is alone Life, Joy, Empire and Victory.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus (act IV)

Change still doth reign, and keep the greater sway.
      - Edmund Spenser

This sad vicissitude of things.
      - Laurence Sterne, Sermons
         (XVI, The Character of Shimel)

The life of any one can by no means be changed after death; an evil life can in no wise be converted into a good life, or an infernal into an angelic life: because every spirit, from head to foot, is of the character of his love, and therefore, of his life; and to convert this life into its opposite, would be to destroy the spirit utterly.
      - Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedberg),
        Heaven and Hell (527)

In this world of change, nought which comes stays, and nought which goes is lost.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Bodies are slow of growth, but are rapid in their dissolution.
  [Lat., Corpora lente augescent, cito extinguuntur.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus),
        Agricola (II)

All things human change.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Not in vain the distance beacons. Forward, forward let us range.
  Let the great world spin forever down the ringing grooves of change.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall
         (st. 91)

We perceive and are affected by changes too subtle to be described.
      - Henry David Thoreau

The stone that is rolling can gather no moss.
  Who often removeth is suer of loss.
      - Thomas Tusser,
        Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry--Lessons
         (st. 46)

Without change nothing changes.
      - Unknown

If we do not find anything pleasant, at least we shall find something new.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),

So, when a raging fever burns,
  We shift from side to side by turns;
    And 'tis a poor relief we gain
      To change the place, but keep the pain.
      - Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs
         (bk. II, 146)

Change is the watchword of progression.
      - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
      - Oprah Winfrey

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