”When change threatens to rule, then the rules are changed.“ — Michael Parenti, Democracy for the Few
“It is absolutely inevitable that when a tradition has been evolved, whatever the tradition is, the people, in general, will suppose it to have existed from before the beginning of time and will be most unwilling and indeed unable to conceive of any changes in it. They do not know how they will live without those traditions that have given them their identity. Their reaction, when it is suggested that they can or that they must, is panic.” — James Baldwin, “The Creative Process,” Creative America
“The only sense that is common, in the long run, is the sense of change—and we all instinctively avoid it, and object to the passage of time, and would rather have none of it.” — E. B. White, “The Ring of Time,” The New Yorker (1956-03-22)
“It’s dangerous business, thinking you can make people over.” — Lenora Mattingly Weber, Leave it to Beany!
“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” — George Bernard Shaw, Everybody’s Political What’s What?
“People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.” — Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline
“You are not the same person you were yesterday.” — Katherine Anne Porter, Ship of Fools
“You have to accept that sometimes that’s how things happen in this world. People’s opinions, their feelings, they go one way, then the other. It just so happens you grew up at a certain point in this process.” — Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go