Change Is Certain...

I received an email in response to the bit I wrote about change from a family member. It was short and to the point and a bit cryptic.

"Change is certain, progress is not."

Huh? What's that mean? And who wrote it? So I did a search of the saying to find out who wrote it - Will Durant. Will Durant's biography is quite interesting. He wrote The Story of Civilization, but didn't begin writing it until he was 41 years old. I found this a very encouraging nugget of information. The book took him 50 years to write...

Reading about Will Durant and the changes in his life led me to search for other quotes about change, which is interesting reading. Here are a few I'd like to think about.

"To change and to change for the better
are two different things."

~ German Proverb

Just because everything is different
doesn't mean anything has changed.
~Irene Peter

It is not necessary to change.
Survival is not mandatory.
~W. Edwards Deming

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

We would rather be ruined than changed;
We would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the moment
And let our illusions die.
~W.H. Auden

He that will not apply new remedies
must expect new evils;
for time is the greatest innovator.
~Francis Bacon
"On Innovation," Essays, 1597

Things alter for the worse spontaneously,
if they be not altered for the better designedly.
~Francis Bacon

This is the quote I want to leave with. I have no idea who Maria Robinson is. She's probably famous but she might just as well be the cashier at the local convenience store. But there is quite a bit of wisdom in the statement. I guess now I'll go Google Maria Robinson. ;-)

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start today and make a new ending.

~Maria Robinson


fiddlestixstudios said...

I love that last quote,Dixie!I also LOVE your little Izannah doll!She is turning out beautifully!

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

This quote at the end is so much like what I told my kids each day and still do. Everyday is a new day to write in the journal of your life - and you get to choose the ending!

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden