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Nothing destroys authority more than the unequal and untimely interchange of power stretched too far and relaxed too much.

Failure is not fatal but failure to change might be.

There's no reason to change what you are but if you're not being you then you need to acknowledge that.

Time which changes people does not alter the image we have retained of them.

When individuals change society will change. And when society changes the whole world will change. The welfare of the individual is bound up with the welfare of society as a whole.

God give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself.

I think the tiniest little thing can change the course of your day which can change the course of your year which can change who you are.

Let nothing disturb thee, Let nothing dismay thee, All thing pass, God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing: God alone suffices.

Saint Teresa of Avila

Now we put out a lot of carbon dioxide every year over 26 billion tons. For each American it's about 20 tons. For people in poor countries it's less than one ton. It's an average of about five tons for everyone on the planet. And somehow we have to make changes that will bring that down to zero.

I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say 'No, I won't do it, I won't behave his way anymore. I'm lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to change my methods of behaving' and then you do it.

In order to effect great change we need to look at how we can help those in our own communities as well as globally.

That's what learning is after all, not whether we lose the game but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before to apply to other games. Losing in a curious way is winning.

If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.

If we go on the way we have the fault is our greed and if we are not willing to change we will disappear from the face of the globe to be replaced by the insect.

Mind can have peace only when it merges in the Absolute Consciousness Primal Cause and the Unchanging Existence.

We like to think about how smart we are. But I think talent as a writer is hard-wired in it's all there at least the basic elements of it. You can't change it any more than you can choose whether to be right handed or left handed.

Writing books isn't a drastic departure from writing for the stage. I've always written in the long format five eight 10-minute pieces rather than one-liners so since writing books the process hasn't changed much. A piece in my live routine can end up as part of one of my HBO specials and it can also end up in one of the books.

They would not find me changed from him they knew - only more sure of all I thought was true.

This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.

If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character would you slow down? Or speed up?

All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves.

One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.

One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.

Don't change on me. Don't extort me unless you intend to do it forever.

I would never exchange my life with anybody else's.

You can change your world by changing your words... Remember death and life are in the power of the tongue.

The function of prayer is not to influence God but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.

We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.

Cease to think that the decrees of the gods can be changed by prayers.

Our creator is the same and never changes despite the names given Him by people here and in all parts of the world. Even if we gave Him no name at all He would still be there within us waiting to give us good on this earth.

The most useless are those who never change through the years.

I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up I change bats. After all if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting how can I get mad at myself?

All things must change to something new to something strange.

With genetic engineering we will be able to increase the complexity of our DNA and improve the human race. But it will be a slow process because one will have to wait about 18 years to see the effect of changes to the genetic code.

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.

That sort of half sigh which accompanied by two or three slight nods of the head is pity's small change in general society.

Folks, the most insidious part of this whole health care scheme is that all of these vast medical expenditures will become nothing more than government budget items. We individuals will no longer exist. The relationship between a government and citizen will change forever.

Rush Limbaugh

Baseball changes through the years. It gets milder.

We can change our lives. We can do have and be exactly what we wish.

I shall not change my course even by a hair

So here's the question: Without a change in leadership why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?

The universe is change, life is what thinking makes of it.

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own, and from morning to night as from the cradle to the grave it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.

Prayer does not change God but it changes him who prays.

It is evident that skepticism while it makes no actual change in man always makes him feel better.

For our vanity is such that we hold our own characters immutable and we are slow to acknowledge that they have changed even for the better.

Is any man afraid of change? Why what can take place without change? What then is more pleasing or more suitable to the universal nature?

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost, without issues and with interchangeable candidates.

I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that you know. I'm one of those people.

This is the America that I love. This is a great people. We can do anything. We can achieve anything. We've got a government that has gotten in the way of the American people. We're going to change that in November.

[Critics of the reforms are unlikely to be assuaged and they will raise many of their concerns again when the reform bill returns to the Commons in October before heading to the Lords. Its architects might do well to reflect on another quote from one of Woodrow Wilson's contemporaries.] There's nothing wrong with change ... if it's in the right direction.

Business and growing jobs is about taking risk, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, but always striving. It is about dreams. Usually it doesn't work out exactly as you might have imagined. Steve Jobs was fired at Apple. He came back and changed the world.

With the changing economy no one has lifetime employment. But community colleges provide lifetime employability.

Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child, it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.

We should learn to accept that change is truly the only thing that's going on always and learn to ride with it and enjoy it.

Change alone is eternal perpetual immortal.

Believe me the intellectual revolution is going on and that has to come first before you see the political changes. That's where I'm very optimistic.

The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God, and however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed it is not true to fact. The people are turbulent and changing they seldom judge or determine right.

You cannot control what happens to you but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you and in that you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.

It is absolutely impossible to transcend the laws of nature. What can change in historically different circumstances is only the form in which these laws expose themselves.

Habits change into character.

Man needs for his happiness not only the enjoyment of this or that but hope and enterprise and change.

So the bodhisattva saves all beings, not by preaching sermons to them, but by showing them that they are delivered, they are liberated by the act of not being able to stop changing.

Not only is women's work never done the definition keeps changing.

Bill Copeland

Excess generally causes reaction and produces a change in the opposite direction whether it be in the seasons or in individuals or in governments.


It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.

Mignon McLaughlin

Yet Time who changes all had altered him in soul and aspect as in age: Years steal Fire from the mind as vigor from the limb, And Life's enchanted cup but sparkles near the brim

The low points I had all helped make up my character so I probably wouldn't want to do away with them because I like being flawed and I like having them help me grow and change and become better and stronger.

What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.

Complainers change their complaints but they never reduce the amount of time spent in complaining.

What I learned in jail is that I can't change. I can't live a different lifestyle-this is it. This is the life that they gave and this is the life that I made.

They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

I am an intelligent river which has reflected successively all the banks before which it has flowed, by meditating only on the images offered by those changing shores.

I stopped smoking. When I stopped smoking my voice changed... so drastically I couldn't believe it myself.

We're saying no changes for Medicare for people above the age of 55. And in order to keep the promise to current seniors who've already retired and organized their lives around this program you have to reform it for the next generation.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

You do not notice changes in what is always before you.

I can be almost terminally grief-stricken because things are so dire but at the same time there's a real lightheartedness about just the recoverability of life of how things change how they're not the same ever again.

While the river of life glides along smoothly it remains the same river, only the landscape on either bank seems to change.

Policies are many Principles are few Policies will change Principles never do.

Words do not change their meanings so drastically in the course of centuries as in our minds names do in the course of a year or two.

When you choose your friends don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.

You can't move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it. That doesn't mean you do nothing but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority.

Face the facts of being what you are for that is what changes what you are.

Man seeks to change the foods available in nature to suit his tastes thereby putting an end to the very essence of life contained in them.

Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment, it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgment self-abuse and regret.

There are plenty of problems in the world and doubtless climate change - or whatever the currently voguish phrase for it all is - certainly is one of them. But it's low on my list.

For many men the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles it only changes them.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row I know I need to change something.

Constancy... that small change of love which people exact so rigidly receive in such counterfeit coin and repay in baser metal.

I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod, my shadow does that much better.

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel and in exchange put on a mask.

Look back over the past with its changing empires that rose and fell and you can foresee the future too.

Change is inevitable. Change is constant.

People's minds are changed through observation and not through argument.

If you want to make enemies try to change something.

Money is always there but the pockets change, it is not in the same pockets after a change and that is all there is to say about money.

Science is but the exchange of ignorance for that which is another kind of ignorance.

You pretend to be more eccentric than you actually are because you fear you are an interchangeable cog.

The question of sexual dominance can exist only in the nightmare of that soul which has armed itself totally against the possibility of the changing motion of conquest and surrender which is love.

James Arthur Baldwin

There is nothing wrong with change if it is in the right direction

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it immediately or in the long run.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

We are not the same persons this year as last, nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we changing continue to love a changed person.

There is certain relief in change even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in traveling in a stagecoach that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.

The only difference between me and others is that they think they can change something with cute little poems nice cards or embracing trees and being nice to little lapdogs.

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.

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

Berkshire Hathaway will sell you insurance carpeting or any of our other products in exchange for options identical to those you grant yourselves.

There is no such thing as liberty. You only change one sort of domination for another. All we can do is to choose our master.

People make suggestions on what to say all the time. I'll give you an example, I don't read what's handed to me. People say 'Here here's your speech or here's an idea for a speech.' They're changed. Trust me.

There's no sense in going to a tournament if you don't believe that you can win it. And that is the belief I have always had. And that is not going to change.

A rapper is about being completely true to yourself. Being an actor is about changing who you are.

Dynamism is a function of change.

I was married to someone who wanted me to change. Become more adult more responsible. I began not to like myself not like what I do. I lost my identity. Everything began collapsing around me.

We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude.

Satire doesn't effect change.

I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era.

I have a great respect for incremental improvement and I've done that sort of thing in my life but I've always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don't know why. Because they're harder. They're much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you've completely failed.

We felt that the risk profile had changed.

The Chinese government wants me to say that for many centuries Tibet has been part of China. Even if I make that statement many people would just laugh. And my statement will not change past history. History is history.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The meaning I picked the one that changed my life: Overcome fear behold wonder.

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.

But I think talent as a writer is hard-wired in it's all there at least the basic elements of it. You can't change it any more than you can choose whether to be right handed or left handed.

If there is hatred in your vision you will see hatred everywhere. Hence change your vision to start with.

Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?

We generate our own environment. We get exactly what we deserve. How can we resent a life we've created ourselves? Who's to blame who's to credit but us? Who can change it anytime we wish but us?

It is a secret both in nature and state that it is safer to change many things than one.

The earth was made so various that the mind Of desultory man studious of change And pleased with novelty might be indulged.

I don't believe in the after life although I am bringing a change of underwear.

Life belongs to the living and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

The only permanent change is slow steady change.

Usually when people are sad they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry they bring about a change.

Now I'm fighting cancer everybody knows that. People ask me all the time about how you go through your life and how's your day and nothing is changed for me.

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.

Yet though my lamp burns low and dim / Though I must slave for livelihood - / Think you that I would change with him? / You bet I would!

The results of political changes are hardly ever those which their friends hope or their foes fear.

There are two kinds of fools: those who can't change their opinions and those who won't.

Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.

Robert Frost

We've got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

Since change is constant you wonder if people crave death because it's the only way they can get anything really finished.

Remember that to change your mind and follow him who sets you right is to be none less free that you were before.

Change your opinions keep to your principles, change your leaves keep intact your roots.

That last day does not bring extinction to us but change of place.

Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.

The universe is change, our life is what our thoughts make it

You will suddenly realize that the reason you never changed before was because you didn't want to.

I think that'll come as camp continues to unfold. You have to have a system you have to have a structure everybody falls in line. The thing about this offense is every position is interchangeable.

When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.

You wait for fate to bring about the changes in life which you should be bringing about by yourself.

To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.

To improve is to change. To be perfect is to have changed alot.

I'm doing it because I choose it. And if it's not working I can make a change.

Alanis Morissette

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.

George Santayana

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that from age to age nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.

If you change the way you look at things the things you look at change.

You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler.

Men don't and can't live by exchanging articles but by producing them. They don't live by trade but by work. Give up that foolish and vain title of Trades Unions, and take that of laborers Unions.

John Ruskin

Such is the state of life that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing, when we have made it the next wish is to change again.

Your best is going to change from moment to moment, it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.

Peace is a daily a weekly a monthly process gradually changing opinions slowly eroding old barriers quietly building new structures.

I was willing to accept what I couldn't change.

When you turn your heart and your life over to Christ when you accept Christ as the savior it changes your heart.

I am desperate for change - now - not in 8 years or 12 years but right now.

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.

I change during the course of a day. I wake and I'm one person and when I go to sleep I know for certain I'm somebody else.

I'm undaunted in my quest to amuse myself by constantly changing my hair.

Revolution n. In politics an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.

When we talk about settling the world's problems we're barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It's a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives.

Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel's. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under a McCain administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change.

It is not well to make great changes in old age.

Chinese people themselves they really want change.

I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds and I very rarely change it.

Things don't have to change the world to be important.

Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.

Of course there is no question that Libya - and the world - will be better off with Gaddafi out of power. I along with many other world leaders have embraced that goal and will actively pursue it through non-military means. But broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake.

We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate it oppresses.

We are living in 1937 and our universities I suggest are not half-way out of the fifteenth century. We have made hardly any changes in our conception of university organization education graduation for a century - for several centuries.

There is nothing permanent except change.

We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.

There is the good and the bad the great and the low the just and the unjust. I swear to you that all that will never change.

A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.

That things are changed and that nothing really perishes and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same is sufficiently certain.

Now we're in the midst of not just advocating for change not just calling for change - we're doing the grinding sometimes frustrating work of delivering change - inch by inch day by day.

I'm not changing my game whatsoever

A human body is associated with six stages of transformation: birth, growth, change, evolution, death and destruction.

All of childhood's unanswered questions must finally be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men values and dislikes are first encountered and labeled in that early environment. In later years they change faces places and maybe races tactics intensities and goals but beneath those penetrable masks they wear forever the stocking-capped faces of childhood.

Be content with what you are and wish not change, nor dread your last day nor long for it

If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.

Opinions are made to be changed -or how is truth to be got at?

Marriage changes everything.

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.

Money and success don't change people, they merely amplify what is already there.

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

I will always believe in love but my idea has changed from what I've always thought.

Most women set out to try to change a man and when they have changed him they do not like him.

Marlene Dietrich

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world then it can only happen through music.

Any change is resisted because bureaucrats have a vested interest in the chaos in which they exist.

There is nothing so stable as change.

Well-being changes as we move through life which is why a child's version of it cannot be the same as an old person's.

Heat of blood makes young people change their inclinations often and habit makes old ones keep to theirs a great while.

Most people already know what they're doing wrong. When I get them to church I want to tell them that you can change.

We can have no progress without change whether it be basketball or anything else.

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For indeed that's all who ever have.

Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.

It's time to fundamentally change the way that we do business in Washington. To help build a new foundation for the 21st century we need to reform our government so that it is more efficient more transparent and more creative. That will demand new thinking and a new sense of responsibility for every dollar that is spent.

Often times when you face such an overwhelming challenge as global climate change it can be somewhat daunting - it's kind of like trying to lose weight which I know something about.

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts as for that subtle something that quality of air that emanation from old trees that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.

Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.

A sense of blessedness comes from a change of heart not from more blessings.

Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency ready to use their gifts and get moving in life. Half of them can't find the work they studied for or any work at all. So here's the question: Without a change in leadership why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?

For the first time in my adult lifetime I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction.

Michelle Obama

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

Hope and change? We're not doing that anymore. They're doing attack and blame. And so I just think people are going to see through this. They want real leadership. They want us to get this country on the right track.

All things in creation are subject to the law of change and man too is subject to this law.

The entrepreneur always searches for change responds to it and exploits it as an opportunity.

Clearly this is a tough economic time and a lot of families are hurting. So when we talk to parents we talk about small changes for kids and things that don't cost extra money. Like adding water and eliminating sugary drinks and sodas. That's going to save money right there. Or adding a few more vegetables.

Michelle Obama
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