Personal change, social change, change in our environment — change, as the quote goes, is the only constant in life. Yet managing change, choosing change, sticking with positive change — that can be difficult.
Don’t agonize. Organize.
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
I’m neither an optimist nor a pessimist. I am a dyed-in-the-wool possibilist! By this, I mean with an eco-mind, we see that everything’s connected and change is the only constant.
Once a reporter asked A.J. Muste, “Do you really think you are going to change the policies of
this country by standing out here alone at night in front of the White House with a candle?”
Muste replied softly: “Oh I don’t do this to change the country. I do this so the country won’t
Most people can look back over the years and identify a time and place at which their lives changed significantly. Whether by accident or design, these are the moments when, because of a readiness within us and a collaboration with events occurring around us, we are forced to seriously reappraise ourselves and the conditions under which we live and to make certain choices that will affect the rest of our lives.
The common dogma [of fundamentalists] is fear of modern knowledge, inability to cope with the fast change in a scientific-technological society, and the real breakdown in apparent moral order in recent years…. That is why hate is the major fuel, fear is the cement of the movement, and superstitious ignorance is the best defense against the dangerous new knowledge. … When you bring up arguments that cast serious doubts on their cherished beliefs you are not simply making a rhetorical point, you are threatening their whole Universe and their immortality. That provokes anger and quite frequently violence. … Unfortunately you cannot reason with them and you even risk violence in confronting them. Their numbers will decline only when society stabilizes, and adapts to modernity.
All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.
If the Earth were not subject to any change I would consider the Earth a big but useless body in universe, paralyzed … superfluous and unnatural. Those who so exalt incorruptibility, unchangeability and the like, are, I think, reduced to saying such things both because of inordinate desire they have to live for a long time and because of the terror they have of death … they do not realize that if men were immortal, they would have never come into the world.
One of the first things a relationship therapist learns is that couples argue to burn up energy that could be used for something else. In fact, arguments often serve the purpose of using up energy, so that the couple do not have to take the courageous, creative leap into an unknown they fear. Arguing serves the function of being a zone of familiarity into which you can retreat when you are afraid of making a creative breakthrough.
If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.
I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
Some men see things as they are and say, ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were and say, ‘Why not?’
It is never too late to be who you might have been.
The future has a way of arriving unannounced.
Q. How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? A. Only one, if the bulb really wants to change.
All societies on the verge of death are masculine. A society can survive with only one man; no society will survive a shortage of women.
Evolution is what it is. The upper classes have always died out; it’s one of the most charming things about them.
Take each day as you find it,
If things go wrong, don’t mind it,
For each day leaves behind it
A chance to start anew.
If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.
If the shoe doesn’t fit, must we change the foot?
Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living In better conditions.
Although the connections are not always obvious, personal change is inseparable from social and political change.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
To keep our faces toward change, and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate, is strength undefeatable.
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.
A liberal knows that the only certainty in this life is change but believes that the change can be directed toward a constructive end.
Things do not change, we change.
Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.
Commitment is a big word that requires both guts and diligence and change is never easy.
Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them.
All is flux; nothing stays still.
Whosoever wishes to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.
Knowledge is not intelligence.
In searching for the truth be ready for the unexpected.
Change alone is unchanging.
The same road goes both up and down.
The beginning of a circle is also its end.
Not I, but the world says it: all is one.
And yet everything comes in season.
You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing in.
At every turn when there has been an imbalance of power, the truth questioned, or our beliefs and values distorted, the change required to restore our nation has always come from the bottom up from our people.
Look well to the growing edge! All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born; all around us life is dying and life is being born. The fruit ripens on the tree, the roots are silently at work in the darkness of the earth against a time when there shall be new leaves, fresh blossoms, green fruit. Such is the growing edge! It is the extra breath from the exhausted lung, the one more thing to try when all else has failed, the upward reach of life when weariness closes in upon all endeavor. This is the basis of hope in moments of despair, the incentive to carry on when times are out of joint and men have lost their reason, the source of confidence when worlds crash and dreams whiten into ash. The birth of the child — life’s most dramatic answer to death — this is the growing edge incarnate. Look well to the growing edge!
Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.
ACTIVIST: One who has a record of power or policy change.
To whomever is expressing that resistance do please explain briefly the intention of the benefits from the exercise, then add: “are you willing to give it a try?”
Just because everything is different doesn’t mean that everything has changed.
If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going.
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.
The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.
For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.
I don’t believe any longer that we can afford to say that it is entirely out of our hands. We made the world we’re living in and we have to make it over.
We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.
We are either progressing or retrograding all the while, there is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.