Quotes

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Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
Edward Abbey, writer, essayist, novelist (1927-1989).

There is a theory which states that if anyone discovers exactly what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarrely inexplicable. There is another theory which states this has already happened.
Douglas Adams, author, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (1952-2001)

More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Woody Allen, comedian and writer.

 

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.​

Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and make new ones of them.
Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome (121-180 AD)

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Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.

 

Most of us are about as eager to change as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.

- James Baldwin, As Much Truth As One Can Bear (1962).


Most plans are just inaccurate predictions.
Ben Bayol, television producer and writer

You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.
Yogi Berra, baseball catcher (1925-present)


So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today. 
Bible, Matthew (6:34)

Good plans shape good decisions. That's why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.
- Lester Robert Bittel (b. 1918), writer

Nature - that is, biological evolution - has not fitted man to any specific environment... His imagination, his reason, his emotional subtlety and toughness, make it possible for him not to accept the environment but to change it. And that series of inventions by which man from age to age has remade his environment is a different kind of evolution - not biological, but cultural evolution. I call that brilliant sequence of cultural peaks The Ascent of Man.

- Jacob Bronowski, (1908-1974). The Ascent of Man (1973).
 

Destiny is not a matter of chance, but a matter of choice. Destiny is not a matter of chance; but a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, It is a thing to be achieved. 
Williams Jennings Bryan, lawyer, orator, three time candidate for president (1860-1925).

As a net is made up of a series of ties, so everything in this world is connected by a series of ties. If anyone thinks that the mesh of a net is an independent, isolated thing, he is mistaken. It is called a net because it is made up of a series of interconnected meshes, and each mesh has its place and responsibility in relation to other meshes.
- Gautama Buddha, Indian an ascetic and sage (5th-4th Century, B.C.)

 

Nothing in the world last. Save eternal change.

- Honorat de Bueil (1580-1670). French aristocrat, soldier, poet, dramatist


You can never plan for the future by the past.
Edmund Burke,  Irish statesman, writer (1729–1797)

Make not little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. 
Daniel H. Burnham, architect (1846-1912).

 

A change came o'er the spirit of my dream.

- Lord ByronThe Dream (1816).
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Change, indeed, is painful; yet ever needful; and if Memory have its force and worth, so also has Hope.

- Thomas Carlyle, Essays (1922).

I wonder if I've been changed in the night. Let me think.

Was I the same when I got up this morning?

I almost think I can remember feeling a little different.

But if I'm not the same, the next question is 'Who in the world am I?' Ah, that's the great puzzle!”

Lewis Carroll, English novelist and poet, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1832-1898). 

"Would you tell me which way I ought to go from here?" asked Alice.
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get," said the Cat.
"I really don't care where" replied Alice.
"Then it doesn't much matter which way you go," said the Cat.
Lewis Carroll, English novelist and poet, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1832-1898). 

In our profession, a plan that everyone dislikes for different reasons is a success. A plan everyone dislikes for the same reason is a failure. And a plan that everyone likes for the same reason is an act of God. 
Richard Carson, Pacific Northwest planner and writer.

Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spanish writer, Don Quixote (1547-1616). 

Planning lies with men; success lies with heaven. 

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.

He, who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years.
Chinese proverb

Those who plan do better than those who do not plan even thou they rarely stick to their plan.

Those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.
- Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister

Longing not so much to change things as to overturn them.

Before beginning, plan carefully.
Marcus Tulius Cicero, Roman statesman and orator (106-43 BC).

A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.
Confucius, Chinese philosopher and religious leader (551-479 BC).

Every public action which is not customary, either is wrong or, if it is right, is a dangerous precedent. It follows that nothing should ever be done for the first time.

Nothing is ever done until everyone is convinced that ought to be done, and has been convinced for so long that it is now time to do something else.
- F.M. Cornford, British author, poet, translator (1874-1943)

 

Always plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.
Richard Cushing, novelist


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It is not the strongest of the species that survive, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
Charles Darwin, scientist.

Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast.

- Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit (1844)


If you can dream it, you can do it.
Walt Disney (1901-66), American animator, showman, film producer

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
Peter Drucker, writer

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I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. 
Thomas Edison, inventor

It's not the plan that's important, it's the planning.
Dr. Gramme Edwards


The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation.

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

God does not play dice with the universe.

 

I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
Albert Einstein, scientist (1879-1955)

Plans are worthless. Planning is essential. 

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, general and president (1890 - 1969)

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
George Eliot (1819-1880)

A thousand policemen directing traffic cannot tell you why you come or where you go.
T.S. Elliott

Let the river roll which way it will, cities will rise on its banks.

Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet (1803-1882)

 

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

- Mary Engelbreit, Artist.

This primitive, naive but intrinsically correct conception of the world is that of ancient Greek philosophy, and was first clearly formulated by Heraclitus: everything is and is not, for everything is fluid, is constantly changing, constantly coming into being and passing away.

- Friedrich Engels (1820–1895). German social scientist, author, journalist, businessman, political theorist, philosopher, and co-author of Marxist theory.

  

What I have done here no one has done before.

- Enheduanna (2285 - 2250 BC). Sumerian priestess. First named author in world history of literature. 

 

Long-range planning works best in the short term.
Euripides, poet (480-406 AD).

 

There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.

Douglas H. Everett

As for the future, your task is not to forsee it, but to enable it.

 

In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away. 
 

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint Exupery, poet and pilot (1900-1944)

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The past is never dead. It's not even past.
William Faulkner, National Geographic (1897-1962)

To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream. Not only plan but also believe.
Anatole France (1844-1924), French critic, writer, Penguin Island

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. 

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Benjamin Franklin


Change the environment: do not change the man.

 

When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. 
Richard (Bucky) Buckminster Fuller, (1895-1983).

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Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

- Mahatma Gandhi, Indian activist

 

Yet, the timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness, and knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream.
Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese writer (The Prophet, 1923)

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Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. 
Alexander Hamilton (1755 - 1804)

If a builder build a house for some one, and does not construct it properly, and the house which he built fall in and kill its owner, then that builder shall be put to death. 
Hammurabi, King of Babylon, Code of Laws section 229 (1780 BC)

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

- Stephen Hawking, physicist
 

All is flux, nothing stay still.

Nothing endures but change.

You could not step twice into the same river for other waters are ever flowing on to you.

- Heraclitus of Ephesuspre-Socratic Greek philosopher (500-480 B.C.)

An evil plan does mischief to the planner.
- Hesiod, Greek poet and author of Theogony (circa 800 BC)

Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.
Napoleon Hill

Zeus does not bring all men's plans to fulfillment.
Homer, poet and author of The Iliad (800 BC - 700 BC)l

 

Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.

- Richard Hooker, as quoted in the preface of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language (1755).



Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it's lovely to be silly at the right moment.
Horace

The only people, scientific or other, who never make mistakes are those who do nothing.
Thomas Huxley

 

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A community is like a ship: everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
Henrik Ibsen, writer

 

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse!

- Washington Irving, Tales of a Traveler (1824). 

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While real trolleys in Newark, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Boston languish for lack of patronage and government support, millions of people flock to Disneyland to ride fake trains that don't go anywhere.
Kenneth J. Jackson

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. 
James Joyce, writer

A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.
H. Stanely Judd

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

- Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist  (1875-1961).

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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

- Alphonse Karr, Les Guêpes (1849).

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. What goes around comes around.

- Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, French novelist

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Alan Kay

Once it was necessary that the people should multiply and be fruitful if the race was to survive. But now to preserve the race it is necessary that people hold back the power of propagation. 
Helen Keller

 

But Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment: "Stay, thou art so fair." And our liberty, too, is endangered if we pause for the passing moment, if we rest on our achievements, if we resist the pace of progress. For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.

- John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States. Address in the Assembly Hall at the Paulskirche in Frankfurt (June 25, 1963). Note: He was assassinated 5 months later in Dallas, Texas.

There are going to be times when we can't wait for somebody. Now, you're either on the bus or off the bus. If you're on the bus, and you get left behind, then you'll find it again. If you're off the bus in the first place — then it won't make a damn.

- Ken Kesey, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968)


But the 'long run' is a misleading guide to current affairs. 'In the long run' we are all dead.
John Maynard Keyes (1923)

Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident.
Chuck Knox

 

God changes not what is in people, until they change what is in themselves.

- The Koran 13:11.
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Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.
Alan Lakein, writer.

A great change in life is like a cold bath in winter — we all hesitate at the first plunge.

- Letitia Elizabeth LandonRomance and Reality (1831).

 

Life is what happens to us while we're too busy making other plans.
John Lennon, The Beatles (1940 - 1980), "Beautiful Boy"

The possibility that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. 

If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president

 

All things must change. To something new, to something strange.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Kéramos (1878)​.


Good judgment is the result of experience. And experience is frequently the result of bad judgment.
Robert Lovett, wall street banker , advising attorney general Robert F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis (1969).


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It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.

- Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince (1532).

To under manage reality is not to keep free. It is simply to let some force other than reason shape reality.
Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson,The Essence of Security (1968)

Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how
Edward T. McMahon, The Conservation Fund

 

For every complex and difficult problem, there is an answer that is simple, easy, and wrong.
- H. L. Mencken, journalist

No plan survives contact with the enemy.
- Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke

Trend is not destiny.
Lewis Mumford, writer

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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.

- Reinhold Neibuhr (1892-1971). Serenity Prayer (1934)

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful that the risk it took to blossom. 
Anais Nin, writer

 

The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.
Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher


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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. 
Barak Obama, U.S. President
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When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776).

In the space of two days I had evolved two plans, wholly distinct, both of which were equally feasible. The point I am trying to bring out is that one does not plan and then try to make circumstances fit those plans. One tries to make plans fit the circumstances.
George S. Patton, general (1947).

A good plan today is better that a perfect plan tomorrow.
Geoge S. Patton, general

Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.
- Norman Vincent Peale, (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) American minister and author.

The real voyage of discovery and change does not consist in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

 

We do not succeed in changing things according to our desires, but gradually our desire changes.
Marcel Proust, French novelist (1871–1922).
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But if you build your life on dreams it's prudent to recall; A man with moonlight in his hand has nothing there at all.

-- Don Quixote from Cervantes Saavedra's novel Don Quixote de la Mancha 


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If you want to change the world, change yourself.

- Tom RobbinsEven Cowgirls Get the Blues (1976).

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
- Eleanor Roosevelt, U.S. First Lady

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt. U.S. President [He never gave this speech. He died on the day before it was to be delivered].

 

Yesterday I was so clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am so wise, so I am changing myself.

- Rumi, Persian poet, mystic

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If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.
Carl Sagan, scientist and writer

 

True change is evolutionary, not revolutionary.

- L.K. Samuels, In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action (2013).


Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana, poet

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman philosopher and stateman (4 BC-65 AD).

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Then are dreamt of in your philosophy.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright

 

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change everything.

You see things and say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?" 
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright 

 

Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.

- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, English writer (Frankenstein)

Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.
Gloria Steinam, The Time Factor (1980)

A plan once made and visualized becomes a reality along with other realities-never to be destroyed but easily to be attacked.
John Steinbeck, The Pearl

 

We're told every day, "You can't change the world." But the world is changing every day. Only question is...who's doing it? You or somebody else?

- J. Michael Straczynski, At The Midpoint - Spoilers for everything (1995).

Form ever follows function.
Louis Sullivan (1886) 

It's a bad plan that admits of no modification.
Publilius Syrus, Roman slave and poet (circa 100 BC)

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Change your anchor to what did not happen rather than what did happen.

 

In the medical and social domains, treatment should never be equivalent to

silencing symptoms.

 

Just as statisticians understand the risks of roulette sequences better than

carpenters, probabilists understand systemic ecological risks better than biologists.

 

Let us find what risks we can measure and these are the risks we should be

taking.

 

Most mistakes get worse when you try to correct them.

 

Never rid anyone of an illusion unless you can replace it in his mind with another

illusion.

 

Probability is the intersection of the most rigorous mathematics and the messiest of

life.

 

The problem with the idea of “learning from one’s mistakes” is that most of

what people call mistakes aren’t mistakes.

 

To understand how something works, figure out how to break it.

 

- Nassim Nicholas Taleb (2010). The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms.

 

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
 

I am amused to see from my window here how busily man has divided and staked off his domain. God must smile at the puny fences running hither and tither everywhere over the land.

In the long run, men only hit what they aim at. Therefor, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. 
Henry David Thoreau (1817-62), American writer

 

Change is not merely necessary to life - it is life.

- Alvin TofflerFuture Shock‎ (1970).

True life is lived when tiny changes occur. 
Leo Tolstoy

If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.

- Giuseppe Tomasi di LampedusaIl Gattopardo (1958).

 

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.
- Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher

Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small. The difficult things in this world must be done while they are easy, the greatest things in the world must be done while they are still small. For this reason sages never do what is great, and this is why they achieve greatness.

 

In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy is not so good. So, too, is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment; a detachment or a company than to destroy them.
Sun Tzu, Chinese General, (The Art of War, 400 BC)


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Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.
John Updike, writer

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Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation ... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

- Leonardo da Vinci, artist and inventor

 

Change everything, except your loves.

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778), François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire was a French writer, historian and philosopher).

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They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
Andy Warhol, American artist, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (1977).

 

It is too probable that no plan we propose will be adopted. Perhaps another dreadful conflict is to be sustained. If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair.
George Washington, presiding officer, first Continental Congress (1787).

Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.
Hugh White, politician.

The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate on it.

- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Aphorisms.

 

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.

- Harold Wilson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Speech to the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France (1967).

For we must assume that we shall be a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us.
John Winthrop, A Model of Christian Clarity (1630).

Planning is a process of choosing among those many options. If we do not choose to plan, then we choose to have others plan for us. 
- Richard I. Winwood, author, religious leader, and business executive.

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When the rate of change increases to the point that real time required to assimilate change exceeds the time in with change must be manifest, the enterprise is going to find itself in deep yogurt.

- John ZachmanPrinciples of the Business Rule Approach (2003).