The common dogma is fear of modern knowledge, inability to cope with the fast change in a scientific-technological society, and the real breakdown in apparent moral order in recent years.... That is why hate is the major fuel, fear is the cement of the movement, and superstitious ignorance is the best defence against the dangerous new knowledge. ... When you bring up arguments that cast serious doubts on their cherished beliefs you are not simply making a rhetorical point, you are threatening their whole Universe and their immortality. That provokes anger and quite frequently violence. ... Unfortunately you cannot reason with them and you even risk violence in confronting them. Their numbers will decline only when society stabilizes, and adapts to modernity
Buddhism holds that everything is in constant flux. Thus the question is whether we are to accept change passively and be swept away by it or whether we are to take the lead and create positive changes on our own initiative. While conservatism and self-protection might be likened to winter, night, and death, the spirit of pioneering and attempting to realize ideals evokes images of spring, morning, and birth.
The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it
One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people's minds
The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.
I'm like an eight year old with the dressing-up box. I have the luxury of being able to change on a whim.
A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment
Love me without fear / Trust me without questioning / Need me without demanding / Want me without restrictions / Accept me without change / Desire me without inhibitions
Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!
The "self-image" is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self image and you change the personality and the behavior.
Canada's climate is nine months winter and three months late in the fall.
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Climate change is such a huge issue that it requires strong, concerted, consistent and enduring action by governments.
Perfection is immutable. But for things imperfect, change is the way to perfect them.
Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
A weapon is a device for making your enemy change his mind.†
Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.
Laws change; people die; the land remains.
How often we speak of the great silences of the wilderness and of the importance of preserving them and the wonder and peace to be found there. When I think of them, I see the lakes and rivers of the North, the muskegs and expenses of tundra, the barren lands beyond all roads. I see the mountain ranges of the West and the high, rolling ridges of the Appalacians. I picture the deserts of the Southwest and their brilliant panoramas of color, the impenetrable swamp lands of the South. They will always be there and their beauty may not change, but should their silences be broken, they will never be the same.
Vengeance is not the point; change is. But the trouble is that in most people's minds the thought of victory and the thought of punishing the enemy coincide.
Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw be
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.