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Trust me, you can’t change anything without causing some degree of disruption. It’s impossible, that is exactly what change is. Some people are uncomfortable with the disruption that change causes, but the disruption is necessary if anything is going to change. Afeni Shakur
Changes and progress very rarely are gifts from above. They come out of struggles from below. Noam Chomsky
That all things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain. Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, Cogitationes de Natura Rerum Cogitatio
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. Harriet Tubman
Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art. John Updike
O Earth, what changes hast thou seen! Alfred Lord Tennyson
The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. Albert Einstein
The measure of intelligence is the ability to change. Albert Einstein, attributions & variations inc Hawking
You must be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi
We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras
The mistake you make, don’t you see, is in thinking one can live in a corrupt society without being corrupt oneself. After all, what do you achieve by refusing to make money? You’re trying to behave as though one could stand right outside our economic system. But one can’t. One’s got to change the system, or one changes nothing. One can’t put things right in a hole-and-corner way, if you take my meaning. George Orwell, Keep the Aspidistra Flying
We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change. Katharine Hepburn, Me: Stories of My Life
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. Stephen Hawking
The evidence for slow change was everywhere. Geologists looked at waterfalls, and saw how the constant flow of water had gradually eroded the surrounding rock. They saw how rain had inexorably worn away the tops of mountains. And how the slow movement of glaciers had carved out entire valleys. They came to realise that the single most important factor in why the world looks the way it does was Time. And lots of it. Michael Mosley, The Power of Science: Power, Proof & Passion, BBC 2010
In attempting to explain these mysteries [Alfred] Wegener would transform geology. Science would have to embrace a new very different history of life on Earth. ibid.
It’s now clear that the story of life and the story of our planet which were once seen as separate are actually intrinsically linked. The evolution of new life has been driven by climate change, by asteroid impacts and by the slow motion collision of continents. It turns out that we and every other living creature are marching to the drumbeat of our violent planet. ibid.
The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways. The point however is to change it. Karl Marx
The courage we need is not the courage, the fortitude, to be obedient in the service of an unjust war, to help conceal lies, to do our job by a boss who has usurped power and is acting as an outlaw government, it is the courage at last to face honestly the truth and reality of what we are doing in the world, and act responsibly to change it. Daniel Ellsberg
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. Alan Cohen
I’m making some changes. Sunday. My house. The Sopranos s2e5: Big Girls Don’t Cry starring James Gandolfini & Lorraine Bracco & Edie Falco & Michael Imperioli & Dominic Chianese & Steven van Zandt & Tony Sirico & Robert Iler et al, Tony
And in our job you have to know how to accept change. Romanzo Criminale s1e8 starring Francesco Montanari & Vinicio Marchioni & Alessandro Roja & Marco Bocci & Daniela Virgilio & Andrea Sartoretti et al, Zio Carlo gang
The truth is that I’m a bad person. But that’s going to change. I’m going to change. This is the last of that sort of thing. I’m cleaning up and moving on, going straight and choosing Life. I’m looking forward to it already. I’m going to be just like you. Trainspotting 1996 starring Ewan McGregor & Ewen Bremner & Robert Carlyle & Kevin McKidd & Kelly MacDonald & Peter Mullan & Keith Allen & James Cosmo et al, director Danny Boyle
It changes everything; it changes me. Hannibal 2000 starring Anthony Hopkins & Julianne Moore & Gary Oldman & Ray Liotta & Frankie Faison & Giancarlo Giannini & Francesca Neri & David Andrews & Francis Guianan et al, director Ridley Scott, Agent Starling
Change is the essential process of all existence. Star Trek s3e15: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, Spock
The more things change the more they stay the same. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s7e26: What You Leave Behind ***** Quark
Maybe if we’re going to survive out here we have to start changing too. Star Trek: Voyager s2e14: Alliances, Chakotay to Janeway
If I could change what happened, erase what you did to me, would I? No. Star Trek: Voyager s5e11: Latent Image, Seven of Nine to Janeway
It’s not easy to change who you are. Star Trek: Voyager s7e10: Flesh & Blood II, B’Elanna to hologram Cardassian
Well he’s bound to have changed. Aces High 1977 starring Christopher Plummer & Malcolm McDowell & Simon Ward & Peter Firth & David Wood & John Gielgud & Trevor Howard & Richard Johnson & Ray Milland & Christopher Blake & David Daker et al, director Jack Gold, Plummer
First black president, and all those wonderful words about hope and change ... Whatever happened to hope? Andrew Marr, Obama: What Happened to Hope? BBC 2012
Change to what? ibid.
He hasn’t really begun to change or reform. ibid.
And above all, it is your civilization, it is you. However much you hate it or laugh at it, you will never be happy away from it for any length of time. The suet puddings and the red pillar-boxes have entered into your soul. Good or evil, it is yours, you belong to it, and this side the grave you will never get away from the marks that it has given you.
Meanwhile England, together with the rest of the world, is changing. And like everything else it can change only in certain directions, which up to a point can be foreseen. That is not to say that the future is fixed, merely that certain alternatives are possible and others not. A seed may grow or not grow, but at any rate a turnip seed never grows into a parsnip. It is therefore of the deepest importance to try and determine what England is, before guessing what part England can play in the huge events that are happening. George Orwell, England Your England I