Quote of the Day

He who rejects change is the architect of decay.

“He who rejects change is the architect of decay.” — Harold Wilson, Speech to the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe (23 January 1967)

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2 thoughts on “Quote of the Day”

  1. Doesn’t this assume all change is good? That’s simply not the case. For example, the Confederate States seceding from the US in order to maintain slavery was an entirely negative change.

    I’d have to say Wilson is wrong. Perhaps, it should be modified to something along the lines of, ‘He who refuses to thoughtfully consider change is the architect of decay.’

    1. The word change is in the singular. This implies that this is about arguing against change itself (i.e., rejecting a change because it is change) which is also circular reasoning. It does not exclude a discussion about the change.

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