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change Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about change
  1. #1
    “It was kind of scary. One day we were living in a law-abiding community and the next day the city and the community had both dissolved, with every person for himself. It struck me that Father and I had probably walked by this house, feeling as safe as we could feel in a demon street, many times, and now here we were hiding behind what was left of it, trying to keep from getting shot.”
  2. #2
    “‘Are they changed because they want to go back to their old life, or is it because they’re so depressed at realizing their old life was no better than what we have now?’”
  3. #3
    “She was at school, but you’d never know it if you didn’t actually look. She didn’t whip her hand through the air trying to get the teacher to call on her or charge through the halls getting to class. She didn’t make unsolicited comments for the teacher’s edification or challenge the kid who took cuts in the milk line. She just sat. Quiet.
    I told myself I should be glad about it—it was like she wasn’t even there, and isn’t that what I’d always wanted? But still, I felt bad.”
  4. #4
    “I hung the painting across the room from my bed. It’s the first thing I see every morning and the last thing I see every night. And now that I can look at it without crying, I see more than the tree and what being up in its branches meant to me.
    I see the day that my view of things around me stated changing.”
  5. #5
    “I wound up reading and rereading her parts, wondering when in the world she started thinking like that. I mean, no kidding, Juli Baker’s smart, but this was something way beyond straight A’s.
    A month ago if I’d read this article, I would have chucked it in the trash as complete garbage, but for some reason it made sense to me now. A lot of sense.
    A month ago I also wouldn’t have paid any attention to the picture of Juli, but now I found myself staring at it.”
  6. #6
    “Sometimes a hypocrite is nothing more than a man in the process of changing.”
  7. #7
    “In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don’t believe that.
    The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.”
  8. #8
    “I should think SOMEBODY might give me a new nightdress—instead of lamb broth, for a change!”
  9. #9
    ″‘See these perfect rows, Miguel? They are like what my life would have been. These rows know where they are going. Straight ahead. Now my life is like the zigzag in the blanket on Mama’s bed.‘”
  10. #10
    “You know I’d never expect you to change who you are, if you were my wife,” he finally said.
    “It would change me to be your wife,” she said.
    He watched her eyes.“Yes. I understand you.”
    author
    Kristin Cashore
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    Wife
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    Graceling
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    Katsa
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  11. #11
    “When I was seventeen, my life changed forever.”
  12. #12
    “My grandfather stood beside me and looked across the street, too. “No, Bryce,” he said softly. “She’s the same as she’s always been; you’re the one who’s changed.” He clapped his hand on my shoulder and whispered, “And, son, from here on out, you’ll never be the same again.”
  13. #13
    “As they rounded a curve, it appeared as if the mountains pulled away from each other, like a curtain opening on a stage, revealing the San Joaquin Valley beyond. Flat and spacious, it spread out like a blanket of patchwork fields. Esperanza could see no end to the plots of yellow, brown, and shades of green.”
  14. #14
    “The next day I spent fourteen hours memorizing my lines, cursing my friends, and wondering how my life had spun so out of control.”
  15. #15
    “Then there was Bryce—the most disturbing of all because I had to admit that I didn’t really know him, either. And based on what I’d discovered lately, I didn’t care to know any more. Looking across the table at him, all I got was a strange, detached, neutral feeling. No fireworks, no leftover anger or resurging flutters.
    Nothing.”
  16. #16
    “The brain is a far more open system than we ever imagined, and nature has gone very far to help us perceive and take in the world around us. It has given us a brain that survives in a changing world by changing itself.”
  17. #17
    “I told him I was quite prepared to go; but really I didn’t care much one way or the other. He then asked if a ‘change of life,’ as he called it, didn’t appeal to me, and I answered that one never changed his way of life; one life was as good as another, and my present one suited me quite well.”
  18. #18
    “As we age and plasticity declines, it becomes increasingly difficult for us to change in response to the world, even if we want to. We find familiar types of stimulation pleasurable; we seek out like-minded individuals to associate with, and research shows we tend to ignore or forget, or attempt to discredit, information that does not match our beliefs, or perception of the world, because it is very distressing and difficult to think and perceive in unfamiliar ways.”
  19. #19
    “One could add that totalitarian regimes seem to have an intuitive awareness that it becomes hard for people to change after a certain age, which is why so much effort is made to indoctrinate the young from an early age.”
  20. #20
    “But what did he see in the clear stream below? His own image; no longer a dark, gray bird, ugly and disagreeable to look at, but a graceful and beautiful swan.”
  21. #21
    “We are different people now than we were then.”
  22. #22
    “Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.”
  23. #23
    “We cannot grow when we are in shame, and we can’t use shame to change ourselves or others.”
  24. #24
    “At that moment they heard from behind them a loud noise—a great cracking, deafening noise as if a giant had broken a giant’s plate.... The Stone Table was broken into two pieces by a great crack that ran down it from end to end; and there was no Aslan.”
  25. #25
    “When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.”
  26. #26
    “They had been just as surprised as Edmund when they saw the winter vanishing and the whole wood passing in a few hours or so from January to May. They hadn’t even known for certain (as the Witch did) that this was what would happen when Aslan came to Narnia. But they all knew that it was her spells which had produced the endless winter; and therefore they all knew when this magic spring began that something had gone wrong, and badly wrong, with the Witch’s schemes.”
  1. #27
    “And Edmund for the first time in this story felt sorry for someone besides himself. It seemed so pitiful to think of those little stone figures sitting there all the silent days and all the dark nights, year after year, till the moss grew on them and at last even their faces crumbled away.”
  2. #28
    ″As Marilyn Ferguson observed, ‘No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or by emotional appeal.’ ″
  3. #29
    “I’m not a bit changed--not really. I’m only just pruned down and branched out. The real me--back here--is just the same.”
  4. #30
    “By my soul I swear, there is no power in the tongue of man to alter me.”
  5. #31
    “Progress is difficult to define, your honor. As Quell would have it, they come to me with progress reports, but all I see is change, and bodies burnt.”
  6. #32
    “The tree was not only stripped by the cold season, it seemed weary from age, enfeebled, dry. I was thankful, very thankful that I had seen it. So the more things remain the same, the more they change after all—plus c’est la même chose, plus ça change. Nothing endures, not a tree, not love, not even a death by violence.”
  7. #33
    “What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.”
  8. #34
    “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
  9. #35
    “There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.”
  10. #36
    “The Upper-world people might once have been the favoured aristocracy . . . but that had long since passed away. The two species that had resulted from the evolution of man were sliding down towards, or had already arrived at, an altogether new relationship.”
  11. #37
    “That’s the way that goes.”
  12. #38
    “If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy.
    That was what some people thought.”
    author
    Louis Sachar
    book
    Holes
    concepts
    workchange
  13. #39
    “The quiet hysteria and awful despair had started when she finally began to realize that nothing was ever going to change, that nobody would be coming for her to take her away. She began to feel as if she were at the bottom of a well, screaming, no one to hear.”
  14. #40
    “Changed, I headed back through the mud. I was drenched; anybody could see it was time to come in out of the rain.”
  15. #41
    “The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh. Let us not then speak ill of our generation, it is not any unhappier than its predecessors. Let us not speak well of it either. Let us not speak of it at all. It is true the population has increased.”
  16. #42
    At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done—then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.
  17. #43
    A storm you are, but a much needed one, to wash away the old and complacent and prune the galaxy of deadweight.
  18. #44
    “I did what I do every night before I go to sleep, I checked to make sure everything was there. The way there are more and more kids coming into the Home every day, I had to make sure no one had run off with any of my things.”
  19. #45
    “Perhaps--I want the old days back again and they’ll never come back, and I am haunted by the memory of them and of the world falling about my ears.”
  20. #46
    “I’m just scared because everything feels weird. It’s as if everything’s changed. Not just you: everything!”
  21. #47
    “People change after a while, and they’re no longer who you once knew”
  22. #48
    “Those who put themselves in His hands will become perfect, as He is perfect- perfect in love, wisdom, joy, beauty, health, and immortality. The change will not be completed in this life, for death is an important part of the treatment. How far the change will have gone before death in any particular Christian is uncertain.”
  23. #49
    “A year ago today, I was undoing my husband. Now I am almost done reassembling him.”
  24. #50
    “There is that about you which makes me think of one of the lords in the great house.” Wang Lung laughed loudly then and he said, “And am I always to look like a hind when we have enough and to spare?” But in his heart he was greatly pleased and for that day he was more kindly with her than he had been for many days.”
  25. #51
    In a vague way he understood that his father was in trouble and that this was the reason why he himself had not been sent back to Clongowes. For some time he had felt the slight change in his house; and those changes in what he had deemed unchangeable were so many slight shocks to his boyish conception of the world.
  26. #52
    “We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.”

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  1. #53
    “Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. I am angry. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change. But I am also hopeful, because I believe deeply in the ability of human beings to remake themselves for the better.”
  2. #54
    “Gradually I got used to the silence and darkness that surrounded me and forgot that it had ever been different, until she came—my teacher—who was to set my spirit free.”
  3. #55
    “Do not dwell on that which you cannot change.”
  4. #56
    “I’d come to this war a quiet, thoughtful sort of person, a college grad, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, all the credentials, but after seven months in the bush I realized that those high, civilized trappings had somehow been crushed under the weight of the simple daily realities. I’d turned mean inside.”
  5. #57
    “It’s easy to talk to a horse if you understand his language. Horses stay the same from the day they are born until the day they die. They are only changed by the way people treat them.”
  6. #58
    “Turmoil accompanies every great change.”
  7. #59
    ″[B]y seeing all and discounting nothing, you may adapt without hesitation to any change. The warrior who can adapt the easiest to the unexpected is the warrior who will live the longest.”
  8. #60
    “perhaps we are all immigrants
    trading one home for another
    first we leave the womb for air
    then the suburbs for the filthy city
    in search of a better life
    some of us just happen to leave entire countries”
  9. #61
    “I know she’s not upset that I bought new clothes. She’s upset that I didn’t ask her opinion and bought them in colors that she didn’t expect. She’s upset with the change she didn’t see coming. I resent and understand it at the same time.”
  10. #62
    “If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”
  11. #63
    “The world he thought he knew no longer made sense to him, and he began to change.”
  12. #64
    “There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire, it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same. I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden. Where shall I find rest?”
  13. #65
    “We changed again, and yet again, and it was now too late and too far to go back, and I went on. And the mists had all solemnly risen now, and the world lay spread before me.”
  14. #66
    “Men must not cut down trees. There is a God. (He noted such revelations on the backs of envelopes.) Change the world. No one kills from hatred. Make it known (he wrote it down). He waited. He listened.”
  15. #67
    “Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” said Scrooge. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!”
  16. #68
    “I stood in that room for a long time, watching the sunlight and listening to the sounds on the street outside. I stood there, tasting the room and the sunlight and the sounds, and thinking of the long hospital ward. . . Somehow everything had changed. I had spent five days in a hospital and the world around seemed sharpened now and pulsing with life.”
  17. #69
    “My name back then was Chiyo. I wouldn’t be known by my geisha name, Sayuri, until years later.”
  18. #70
    “Evidently in the six months since I’d last seen them, I’d changed more than I realized.”
  19. #71
    ″‘Oh dear,’ said Aziraphale. ‘It’s him.’
    ‘Him who?’ said Crowley.
    ‘The Voice of God,’ said the angel. ‘The Metatron.’
    The Them stared. Then Pepper said, ‘No, it isn’t. The Metatron’s made of plastic and it’s got laser cannon and it can turn into a helicopter.‘”
  20. #72
    “This house sheltered us, we spoke, we loved within those walls. That was yesterday. To-day we pass on, we see it no more, and we are different, changed in some infinitesimal way. We can never be quite the same again.”
  21. #73
    “Making a change in your life is as easy as making a decision and acting on it. That’s it.”
  22. #74
    “A word can start off meaning one thing and end up meaning another… Words shouldn’t be allowed to change meanings.”
  23. #75
    Sudden shifts and changes are no bad preparation for political life.
  24. #76
    “As I confronted her, the changes grew less apparent to me, her identity stronger. She was there, in the full vigor of her personality, battered but not diminished, looking at me, speaking to me in the husky, breathy voice I remembered so well.”
  25. #77
    “How quickly they can turn. And how painful it can be when you don’t expect it. (He turns) I wonder how it feels to be Almost-President three times—with a skull full of undelivered inauguration speeches.”
  26. #78
    “She lent herself to immemorial human attitudes which we recognize by instinct as universal and true. I had not been mistaken. She was a battered woman now, not a lovely girl; but she still had that something which fires the imagination...”
  1. #79
    “Walsh hugs me, taking me by surprise. ‘I don’t know how,’ she mutters, ‘but I hope you become queen one day. Imagine what you could do then? The Red queen.‘”
  2. #80
    “Remember the person you’re supposed to be, and remember well…You are pretending to be raised Red, but you’re Silver by blood. You are now Red in the head, Silver in the heart….From now until the end of your days, you must lie. Your life depends on it, little lightning girl.”
  3. #81
    “The problem with friends and family is that they know us as we are. They are invested in maintaining us as we are. The last thing we want is to remain as we are.”
  4. #82
    “Then the newer generation became the backbone and the spirit of the town, and the painting pupils grew up and fell away and did not send their children to her with boxes of color and tedious brushes and pictures cut from the ladies’ magazines.”
  5. #83
    “You have to let go... you have to put it behind you...just get on with your life.”
  6. #84
    “Sarah. She never left me. She had changed me, forever. Her story, her suffering, I carried them within me.”
  7. #85
    “Don’t worry. Everyone who left will come back. They’re just afraid of change.”
  8. #86
    “They realize at last that change does not mean reform, that change does not mean improvement.”
  9. #87
    ““Here’s the key: I’m not going to tell you how to change. People don’t change. I want you to trust who you already are.”
  10. #88
    “Words are where most change begins.”
  11. #89
    “In the past, religious movements were the conspicuous vehicles of change. The conservatism of a religion—its orthodoxy—is the inert coagulum of a once highly reactive sap.”
  12. #90
    What one means one day, you know, one may not mean the next. Circumstances change, opinions alter.
  13. #91
    ″‘You could be fire,’ Shallan said.
    ‘I am a stick.’
    The stick was not particularly eloquent.”
  14. #92
    “Emigration offers some of the things the frustrated hope to find when they join a mass movement, namely, change and a chance for a new beginning.”
  15. #93
    ″(all over America high school and college kids thinking “Jack Duluoz is 26 years old and on the road all the time hitch hiking” while there I am almost 40 years old, bored and jaded in a roomette bunk crashin across that Salt Flat)”
  16. #94
    “The glassblower knows: while in the heat of beginning, any shape is possible. Once hardened, the only way to change is to break.”
  17. #95
    “I know you think mortality is evidence that they don’t care, but giving us the ability to grow and change and progress and then finish? That was the greatest gift two ageless, eternal, very very stuck gods could think to give the children they love more than anything.”
  18. #96
    “In fact, flying silently around my lamplit cabin at 3 o’clock in the morning as I’m reading (of all things) (shudder) Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde -- Small wonder maybe that I myself turned from serene Jekyll to hysterical Hyde in the short space of six weeks, losing absolute control of the peace mechanisms of my mind for the first time in my life.”
  19. #97
    “What in me is dark illumine.”
  20. #98
    “There’s always been a lottery. ”
  21. #99
    “Human beings are not reasonable creatures. Instead of being ruled by logic, we are ruled by emotions. The world would be a happier place if the opposite were true.”
  22. #100
    “Don’t approach change from a negative point of view. All change is not bad. It may be negative on the surface but remember, God would not allow it if He didn’t have a purpose for it.”
  23. #101
    “Maybe your situation is going to change when you change.”
  24. #102
    “One day spent with someone you love can change everything.”
  25. #103
    “Something from God was happening there.”
  26. #104
    “The old silence had broken and left us with the sharp pieces. ”

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  1. #105
    “What God wills, will happen; thou canst not hurry it, thou canst not alter it; therefore wait, and be patient”
  2. #106
    “I shut the bathroom door and caught sight of my face in the mirror. I had no idea how quickly it was to change, to fade. If I had, I would have stared at my reflection, memorizing it. It was the last time I would look into a real mirror for more than a decade.”
  3. #107
    “Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change. What empowers change, what makes you desirous of change is the experience of love. It is that inherent experience of love that becomes the engine of change.”
  4. #108
    “They went through and out into the yard Sophie had known all her life. It was only half the size now, because Howl’s yard from the moving castle took up one side of it. Sophie looked up beyond the brick walls of Howl’s yard to her own old house. It looked rather odd because of the new window in it that belonged to Howl’s bedroom, and it made Sophie feel odder still when she realized that Howl’s window did not look out onto the things she saw now. She could see the window of her own old bedroom, up above the shop. That made her feel odd too, because there did not seem to be any way to get up into it now.”
  5. #109
    “Change isn’t always for the best.”
  6. #110
    “I never change, except in my affections.”
  7. #111
    “Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear.”
  8. #112
    “Going to live at Baltimore laid the foundation, and opened the gateway, to all my subsequent prosperity. I have ever regarded it as the first plain manifestation of that kind providence which has ever since attended me, and marked my life with so many favors.”
  9. #113
    ″[Caspian was] about as good a friend as a chap could have. And last time he was only a few years older than me. And to see that old man with a white beard, and to remember Caspian as he was the morning we captured the Lone Islands, or in the fight with the Sea Serpent—oh, it’s frightful. It’s worse than coming back and finding him dead.”
  10. #114
    “He felt as though he were failing in practically every area of his life. Lately, happiness seemed as distant and unattainable to him as space travel. He hadn’t always felt this way. There had been a long period of time during which he remembered being very happy. But things change. People change. Change was one of the inevitable laws of nature, exacting its toll on people’s lives. Mistakes are made, regrets form, and all that was left were repercussions that made something as simple as rising from the bed seem almost laborious. ”
  11. #115
    “If heaven ever wishes to grant me a boon, it will be a total effacing of the results of a mere change which fixed my eye on a certain stray piece of shelf-paper.”
  12. #116
    “It is my greatest hope that the pages in this jar stir your deepest well of human compassion. I hope they prompt you to do something, to tell someone. Only then can we ensure that this kind of evil is never allowed to repeat itself.”
  13. #117
    “The last thing I wanted was infinite security and to be the place an arrow shoots off from. I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the colored arrows from a Fourth of July rocket.”
  14. #118
    “When you keep searching for ways to change your situation for the better, you stand a chance of finding them. When you stop searching, assuming they can’t be found, you guarantee they won’t.”
  15. #119
    Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.
  16. #120
    “Mama: There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.”
  17. #121
    “Wren shoved off the counter, shaking her head. ‘Oh, you hate everything. You hate change. If I didn’t drag you along behind me, you’d never get anywhere.’”
  18. #122
    “Asagai, while I was sleeping in that bed in there, people went out and took the future right out of my hands! And nobody asked me, nobody consulted me – they just went out and changed my life.”
  19. #123
    “My day has been too long. In the morning I saw the sons of the Unarms happy and strong; and yet, before the sun has come, have I lived to see the last warrior of the wise race of the Mohicans.”
  20. #124
    “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”
  21. #125
    ″‘It is very true,’ said Edmund. ‘But even a traitor may mend. I have known one that did.’ And he looked very thoughtful.”
  22. #126
    “Your business and your life will change when you really, really get it that some people are not going to change, no matter what you do, and that still others have a vested interest in being destructive.”
  23. #127
    “‘You’re young, you don’t know. Things change. What happened, happened forty years ago. It’s history.‘”
  24. #128
    “I’ll be a great doctor with excellent bedside skills. I’ll be perfectly happy. But something about Natasha makes me think my life could be extraordinary.”
  25. #129
    “Who wants to want according to a little table?”
  26. #130
    “My name is something I wear, like a shirt. It gets worn, I outgrow it, I change it.”
  1. #131
    “It hadn’t been so long ago, yet sometimes she felt that she’d been an altogether different person back then.”
  2. #132
    “The red mist of anger cleared suddenly from Daniel’s mind. He looked at the man who had been his leader. He saw the coarsened face with its tangle of dirty beard. He saw the hard mouth, the calculating little eyes. He saw a man he had never really looked at before.”
  3. #133
    “The me I am is not the me I was.”
  4. #134
    “When we are no longer able to change a situation . . . we are challenged to change ourselves.”
  5. #135
    “But I came to believe that if I watched closely, and desired, I might change the lives of those I loved on Earth.”
  6. #136
    “Before Newt could finish, the girl shot up into a sitting position. As she sucked in a huge breath, her eyes snapped open and she blinked…Then she spoke one sentence—her voice hollow and haunted, but clear. ‘Everything is going to change.’”
  7. #137
    “You see, it’s only they who think they were so nice to look at before. They say they’ve been uglified, but that isn’t what I called it. Many people might say the change was for the better.”
  8. #138
    “It was, however, clear to everyone that Eustace’s character had been rather improved by becoming a dragon. He was anxious to help.”
  9. #139
    If while alive you hurt or disappoint people you love, there’s no use continuing such behavior when you’re dead.
  10. #140
    “This is not a good country for gods.”
  11. #141
    “It’s all a great mystery...Look up at the sky and you’ll see how everything changes.”
  12. #142
    Look up at the sky. Ask yourself, “Has the sheep eaten the flower or not?” And you’ll see how everything changes. . . . And no grown-up will ever understand how such a thing could be so important!
  13. #143
    “Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.”
  14. #144
    “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different...”
  15. #145
    “Each of the stories we tell and hear is like a small flicker of light - when we have enough of them, we will set the world on fire. But I don’t think we can do it without story. It doesn’t matter what community is in question or what the conflict appears to be on the surface, resolution and change will require people to own, share, and rumble with stories.”
  16. #146
    “I hope something happens. I’m restless as the devil and have a horror of getting fat or falling in love and growing domestic.”
  17. #147
    “A book is just like life and anything can change.”
  18. #148
    Did any voice whisper to him that he was at a turning-point in his life, that henceforth there could be no middle way for him, that he must become either the best of men or the worst, rise even higher than the bishop himself or sink lower than the felon, reach supreme heights of goodness or become a monster of depravity?
  19. #149
    “That’s the beautiful thing about being human,” he told me. “Things change.”
  20. #150
    ″‘We can’t think of changing our skin,’ he said. ‘Change the world—that’s how we gotta think.‘”
  21. #151
    “Gender matters everywhere in the world. And I would like today to ask that we should begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how we start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently.”
  22. #152
    “I grasped two things: I wasn’t as happy as I could be, and my life wasnt going to change unless I made it change.”
  23. #153
    “If you wish to be happy, Eragon, think not of what is to come nor of that which you have no control over but rather of the now and that which you are able to change.”
  24. #154
    “Change itself is neither good nor bad, but knowledge is always useful.”
  25. #155
    “You must learn in life to take things more lightly, my dear. The world is always changing. Learn how to allow for it.”
  26. #156
    “Resist change at your own peril, Vivian. When something ends, let it end.”
  1. #157
    “Things do not change; we change.”
  2. #158
    “‘Things are always different than what they might be,’ said the old man. ‘If you wait for them to change, you will never do anything.‘”
  3. #159
    There are times when the world is rearranging itself, and at times like that, the right words can change the world.
  4. #160
    ″‘I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed!’ he snorted. ‘Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.‘”
  5. #161
    “I step to the side so I stand in front of the mirror. I see muscles that I couldn’t see before in my arms, legs, and stomach. I pinch my side, where a layer of fat used to hint at curves to come. Nothing. Dauntless initiation has stolen whatever softness my body had. Is that good, or bad?”
  6. #162
    “I changed what I could, and what I couldn’t, I endured.”
  7. #163
    “They’d altered what rabbits do naturally because they thought they could do better...You say buck rabbits don’t dig...But they could if they wanted to. suppose we had deep, comfortable burrows to sleep in? ...And there’s nothing to stop us from having them, except that buck rabbits won’t dig. Not can’t-won’t.”
  8. #164
    “The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete change of heart.”
  9. #165
    “Every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.”
  10. #166
    “It’s as though my life was a house, and I thought God would give it a wonderful paint job—new shutters perhaps, a pretty portico, new roof. Instead, it felt as though, as soon as I gave the House to God , He hit it with a giant wrecking ball. ‘Sorry honey,’ he seemed to say, ‘There were cracks in the foundation, not to mention the rats in the bedroom. I thought we better just start all over.‘”
  11. #167
    “While clothes do not, as the saying would sometimes have it, make the man, and fine feathers do not make fine birds, sometimes they can add a certain spice to a recipe. And Tristran Thorn in crimson and canary was not the same man that Tristran Thorn in his overcoat and Sunday suit had been.”
  12. #168
    “She was no longer sure what was new in Lagos and what was new in herself. ”
  13. #169
    “He had proven something to himself; it wasn’t as strong as it had once been. It was changing, unraveling like the yarn of a dark heavy blanket wrapped around a corpse, the dusty rotted strands of darkness unwinding, giving way to the air; its smothering pressure was lifting from the bones of his skull.”
  14. #170
    “Tayo’s heart beat fast; he could see Josiah’s vision emerging, he could see the story taking form in bone and muscle.”
  15. #171
    “The dry skin
    was still stuck
    to his body.
    But the effects
    of the witchery
    of the evil thing
    began to leave
    his body.”
  16. #172
    “She taught me this above all else: things which don’t shift and grow are dead things. They are things the witchery people want. Witchery works to scare people, to make them fear growth.”
  17. #173
    “It’s a matter of transitions, you see; the changing, the becoming must be cared for closely. You would do as much for the seedlings as they become plants in the field.”
  18. #174
    “People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.”
  19. #175
    “She came from a background where nothing was ever good enough. And that was something that weighed heavy on her. But in our house together, it was a sense of just trying stuff and allowing each other to fail and to be excited about things. That was liberating for her. It was exciting to see her grow and both of us grow and change together. But that’s also the hard part: growing without growing apart or changing without it scaring the other person. I still find myself having conversations with her in my mind. Rehashing old arguments and defending myself against something she said about me.”
  20. #176
    “It was their talk about Christophine that changed Coulibri, not the repairs or the new furniture or the strange faces. Their talk about Christophine and obeah changed it.”
  21. #177
    “I don’t know. I have a lot of dreams about my ex-wife, Catherine, where we’re friends like we used to be. We’re not gonna be together, we’re not together, but we’re friends still. She’s not angry.”
  22. #178
    “No, don’t apologize. I’m sorry. You’re right. I keep waiting to not care about her.”
  23. #179
    “All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. I get a girlfriend. I have a beer. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.”
  24. #180
    “Marriage is a major vehicle for the gospel’s remaking of your heart from the inside out and your life from the ground up.”
  25. #181
    “You can’t make people listen to you. You can’t make them execute. That might be a temporary solution for a simple task. But to implement real change, to drive people to accomplish something truly complex or difficult or dangerous—you can’t make people do those things. You have to lead them.”
  26. #182
    “Life has three rules: Paradox, Humor, and Change.
    - Paradox: Life is a mystery; don’t waste your time trying to figure it out.
    - Humor: Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure
    - Change: Know that nothing ever stays the same.”
  1. #183
    “He can be the husband and father Hoyt’s dirty work has never permitted him to be. He can be a whole new man. He can be free.”
  2. #184
    “It is beyond belief what Bojangles does, which is why Elisa is ashamed to feel a burst of ego: She could have kept pace with him better than Shirley Temple, if only the world into which she’d been born had been wholly different.”
  3. #185
    “This change in him as Fred was an economy of the passions. Firemen and doctors and morticians did the same trip in their work.”
  4. #186
  5. #187
    “I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I walk around it.”
  6. #188
    “It is the nature of a man as he grows older, a small bride in time, to protest against change, particularly change for the better.”
  7. #189
    “Suddenly, a new image had risen up before me, a lofty and cherished image. And no need, no urge was as deep or as fervent within me as the craving to worship and admire. I gave her the name Beatrice….”
  8. #190
    “All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you...God is change.”
  9. #191
    “I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction.”
  10. #192
    “God is change, and in the end, God does prevail. But we have something to say about the whens and the whys of that end.”
  11. #193
    “Such fear can destroy us completely. You’ve got to get rid of it, you’ve simply got to, if you want to turn into someone decent.”
  12. #194
    ″‘I know you,’ he said, without looking round – ‘and I want nothing to say to you.‘”
  13. #195
    “All men CAN change, but that doesn’t mean that all men WILL change. There’s only one woman whom we will change for. If a man is not willing to change, it means that you aren’t the one.”
  14. #196
    “Everything good seemed to be going away.”
  15. #197
    “In the old days dogs in our town roamed freely. But the old ways changed.”
  16. #198
    “The universe does not have laws. It has habits. And habits can be broken.”
  17. #199
    “Awareness is the greatest agent for change.”
  18. #200
    “Whenever humanity seems condemned to heaviness, I think I should fly like Perseus into a different space . . . I have to change my approach, look at the world from a different perspective, with a different logic and with fresh methods of cognition and verification.”
  19. #201
    “This book’s main purpose is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness that is to say, to awaken. ”
  20. #202
    “Politics is an art of maneuvering, and to move them you must change home base.”
  21. #203
    Sutra II.15: Parinama tapa samskara duhkhaih guna vrtti virodhaccha duhkham evam sarvam vivekinah
    Translation: Change, longing, habits, and the activity of the gunas can all cause us suffering. In fact, even the wise suffer, for suffering is everywhere.
  22. #204
    “We are uncomfortable because everything in our life keeps changing -- our inner moods, our bodies, our work, the people we love, the world we live in.”
  23. #205
    “Personality is a gestalt of ever-changing perception.”
  24. #206
    “Anything that is alive is in a continual state of change and movement. The moment that you rest, thinking that you have attained the level you desire, a part of your mind enters a phase of decay. You lose your hard-earned creativity and others begin to sense it.”
  25. #207
    “No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side.
    Or you don’t.”
  26. #208
    “A person can’t change all at once.”
  27. #209
    “Nobody likes to see a stupid guy wise up.”
  28. #210
    “To skip any one of the billion acts in Columbus’s chain would have wholly changed his life. I have examined his billion of possible careers, and in only one of them occurs the discovery of America.”
  29. #211
    “Ever since their relationship has changed from what it had been into what it now is, their conversations have become both more intimate and more mundane…the daily mapmaking that keeps their life together inching along.”
  30. #212
    “In place of true contrition, you taught me to be apologetic. I apologize continually. I apologize for my own existence, a fact I can not change. For years, you told me I’d be sorry someday. I am.”
  31. #213
    “Volatility and change had been the watchwords of my life. If I had learned anything it was that it’s never the end of the world, no matter how bleak things can be.”
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