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To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they control it, wish to influence its direction - Theodore Zeldin

Talking Change

Change

 

 

Please see below selected change-related quotes and contact us if you'd like access to more of Halcyon's unique collection of c.4000 quotes - some famous, many unavailable anywhere else - on all of the issues that we monitor.

 

A life without change is not a life; it is a stagnant pool. To change your mind frivolously is a cop-out. To change your mind under the direction of the wisdom of the heart is a brush stroke on the masterpiece you are delivering to the world - Alan Cohen, "Dare to Be Yourself"

 

At the end of a day, life should ask us, ‘do you want to save the changes?' - Bill Murray

 

Change begins with information - Anita Roddick

 

Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine - Robert C. Gallagher

 

Chaos in the world brings uneasiness, but it also allows the opportunity for creativity and growth - Tom Barrett

 

Even though the world changes like cloud formations, all that is fulfilled returns home to the changeless One - Rainer Maria Rilke

 

For "alchemists", a childhood in which experiment and small-scale entrepreneurship was encouraged by the parents seemed to play a part  - Charles Handy, The Elephant and the Flea, p76

 

I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man's life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience - Martin Buber

 

I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced that they are about to change the world. I am more awed by ... those who ... struggle to make one small difference after another - Ellen Goodman

 

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself - Aldous Huxley

 

I'll tell you what the big change is, the change underneath all the change...it's mobility, it's being mobile - Graham Swift, Last Orders, p105

 

In a similar way it seems that there is a gathering energy for change in our culture.  The disparity between rich and poor, the greed and selfishness, the politics and propaganda of the past century or so are all creating the energy for change to a more caring, inclusive and honest future, greatly facilitated by the internet and other communications technologies - Neil Crofts

 

In the middle of a foreign landscape, thoughts come to us that would have been reluctant to emerge in our own beds. We are able to take implausible but important leaps, encouraged by the changes around us - Alain de Botton

 

It is not in our nature (or even our collective capacity) to simply take an existing human system and replace it wholesale with a better one. It has never been done and never will - Dave Pollard

 

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change - Charles Darwin

 

It was a massive step, and a big change. Not everyone needs to do that. Some hold on until the time is right, but in reality that right time often doesn’t come along. It’s like having children. Sometimes you just have to go for it, and see what happens - Damh the Bard

 

Lasting change is a series of compromises. And compromise is all right, as long your values don't change - Jane Goodall

 

Most of the population is never going to join an actual resistance. We’re social creatures, and it’s hard to stand against the herd… Conformity brings rewards and privileges; fighting back brings punishment and alienation. Most people are not psychologically suited to the requirements of resistance - Derrick Jensen/Lierre Keith

 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it's the only thing that ever does - Margaret Mead

 

Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and to make new ones like them - Marcus Aurelius

 

Organisations are littered with the wreckage of technically sound programmes that have been crushed by employee resistance to change - Anon

 

People are so tuned in to the near term that they aren't thinking in terms of decades. Yet, over the long run, we have a chance of fundamentally changing humanity. Many people sense this, but don't want to think about it because the change is too profound - Danny Hillis ("Digerati")

 

People don't resist change; they resist being changed - Peter Senge

 

Philosophers have only interpreted the world.  The point is, however, to change it - Karl Marx (on his tomb)

 

The age of reason has ended, and now we must organise around chaos - Watts Wacker - CEO and Futurist, First Matter

 

The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear; behold wonder -- Æschylus (525-456 BC)

 

The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress - Charles F. Kettering (U.S. electrical engineer and inventor, 1876-1958)

 

There are only two rules to change: One is to begin; the second is to continue - Unknown

 

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse... it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place - Washington Irving

 

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in travelling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place - Washington Irving, Tales of a Traveler (1824)

 

To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they can control it, wish to influence its direction - Theodore Zeldin

 

True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance - Akhenaton (d. c.1354 BC), Egyptian king

 

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change - Wayne Dyer

 

When you're through changing, you're through - Bruce Barton

 

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself - Rumi

 

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