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Progress everywhere today does seem to come so very heavily disguised as Chaos. Joyce Grenfell
Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art. John Updike
The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next. Matthew Arnold
We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood. William James
To save all we must risk all. Friedrich Schiller
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass
Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal. Arthur Schopenhauer
If society will not admit of woman's free development, then society must be remodeled. Elizabeth Blackwell
Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included. Karl Marx
Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it. Harry Emerson Fosdick
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi
Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. Horace Mann
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies. Robert Kennedy
In America nothing dies easier than tradition. Russell Baker
Reformation, like education, is a journey, not a destination. Mary Harris Jones
You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics. Charles Bukowski
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. Sigmund Freud
All progress is experimental. John Jay Chapman
An institution or reform movement that is not selfish, must originate in the recognition of some evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing the sum of happiness. Clara Barton
The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism. John C. Calhoun
The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults. Alexis de Tocqueville
The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress. Charles Fourier
You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. Thomas Sankara
The results of political changes are hardly ever those which their friends hope or their foes fear. Thomas Huxley
Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old. Rudyard Kipling
Nothing endures but change. Heraclitus
Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles, and see that the world is moving. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor. Robert Frost
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. Henry David Thoreau
There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics. Emma Goldman
Substantial progress toward better things can rarely be taken without developing new evils requiring new remedies. William Howard Taft
The prophet and the martyr do not see the hooting throng. Their eyes are fixed on the eternities. Benjamin N. Cardozo
Nature herself has never attempted to effect great changes rapidly. Quintilian
Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine. Jacques Barzun
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. Voltaire
The success of any great moral enterprise does not depend upon numbers. William Lloyd Garrison
Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made. Franz Kafka
I didn't fight to get women out from behind vacuum cleaners to get them onto the board of Hoover. Germaine Greer
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things. Russell Baker
A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation. Edmund Burke
Let sleeping dogs lie. Robert Walpole
Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Let women issue a declaration of independence sexually, and absolutely refuse to cohabit with men until they are acknowledged as equals in everything, and the victory would be won in a single week. Victoria Woodhull
The Crusaders who slaughtered their way to Jerusalem in 1099 were as Christian as the Christians of the Renaissance and of today. Hisham Melhem
So often do the spirits Of great events stride on before the events And in today already walks tomorrow Samuel Taylor Coleridge
... in so many Muslim communities now, saving face trumps critical thinking and truth-telling. This is why reform from within Islam is so difficult. Asra Nomani
There is an ideology problem in Islam. We need to revolutionize our religion. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
There is complete disdain for all that exists .... History, society, and the economics of present institutions are all minor issues in choosing a reform program ... Peter Murrell
If you want good laws, burn those you have and make new ones. Voltaire
Adapt or die. Roelof Botha
Africans must stand up for themselves and that the strategies and tactics of the struggle should be determined by the African people themselves, and not by others. Joe Matthews
Church members who buy and sell slaves and trade in such miserable people commit a sin. For these are people of the same nature as them rather than mere animals. Even though such slave trade is conducted by not only Jews, Turks, and Pagans, but so-called Christians, indeed, Dutchmen, as well. Reformed members should not taint themselves with such uncompassionate trade. Rather, they should act fully in fear of the Lord, in order that the money they make will be a blessing rather than a curse Jacobus Hondius
If the House does not reform itself, it will be reformed from outside with a vengeance. Thomas Cochrane
We must moderate both opulence and indigence by raising the wages of the poor, improving their habits, and lifting them above ignorance, plunder, and theft. Jose Maria Morelos
No American ever dies in the country in which he was born. Henry Adams
Margaret Thatcher effected profound change in the society and for that she became very unpopular. Jeremy Paxman
A nation which does not make pictures, a nation which does not make statues, a nation which does not practice science, such a nation, one must admit, has no place on the highroad of civilization. But our nation with its true qualities deserves to become and will become civilized and progressive. Kemal Ataturk
Even the bones of their dead should be dug up and scattered. Eryavuz Ihsan
In the face of knowledge, science, and of the whole extent of radiant civilization, I cannot accept the presence in Turkey’s civilized community of people primitive enough to seek material and spiritual benefits in the guidance of sheikhs. The Turkish republic cannot be a country of sheikhs, dervishes and disciples. Kemal Ataturk
The change to the Latin alphabet will be done in three months or not at all. Kemal Ataturk
We have traditions, attitudes, an attachment to social welfare and even if change is desirable, we won’t accept change overnight. Michel Winock
It is very difficult to reverse social benefits… Michel Winock
It is better to implement reforms in times of economic strength. Henry Paulson
Progressive change in this country has never come from above. Tom Morello
Political reform need not go hand in hand with economic liberalization. I do not believe that if you are libertarian, full of diverse opinions, full of competing ideas in the market place, full of sound and fury, therefore you will succeed. Lee Kuan Yew
What we want is a moral revolution, not one that people associate with street riots and the disorganization of life. A transformation of attitudes that will introduce normal, moral order in the functioning of the state. An order whereby honesty is a positive value, and dishonesty a negative one. Lech Kaczynski
Devolutionary reform will not provide a factory, a machine or jobs, build a school, train a doctor or put a pound on pensions. Neil Kinnock
Reform is one of the priorities of the Arab world. All countries and societies want to move ahead and have their own views of how to move ahead. Reform is an item for all of us to support but we have to be cautious because of the fragility of the security situation and uncertainty on the international scene. Amre Moussa
There is no proletarian, not even a Communist movement, that has not operated in the interests of money, and for the time being permitted by money –-- and that without the idealists among its leaders having the slightest suspicion of the fact. Oswald Spengler
For politics to change … culture must change too --- and that takes much more than dispatching troops, holding elections, and writing constitutions. Lawrence E. Harrison
Culture does matter, but politics can change culture. Lawrence E. Harrison
In all human affairs one notices, if one examines them closely, that it is impossible to remove one inconvenience without another emerging. Niccolo Machiavelli
When things fall apart you sometimes can see more. You might even be able to see how to put things back together. Anna Deavere Smith
Wanting to reform everything is the same thing as wanting to destroy everything. Vincenzo Cuoco
Countries and individuals do not change unless they undergo a trauma. Charles Gati
Professional opinion is almost inevitably against changes. Robert Cecil; Edgar Algernon Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
Societies either roll on blindly to disaster or they find the inner strength to stop themselves long enough to find ways for reform from within. John Ralston Saul
In order to bring about the transition from the condition of the present to another newly resolved on, every reform should be allowed to proceed as much as possible from men’s minds and thoughts Wilhelm von Humboldt
Everything here in Europe turns into rottenness--- religion, laws, arts, sciences--- and everything hastens to renew itself in America. Ferdinand Galliani
There is always a moment in any kind of struggle when one feels in full bloom. Vivid. Alive…. During my years of being close to people engaged in changing the world, I have seen fear turn into courage. Sorrow into joy. Funerals into celebrations. Because whatever the consequences, people, standing side by side, have expressed who they really are, and that ultimately they believe in the love of the world and each other enough to be that-which is the foundation of activism. Alice Walker
Social change without music would be void of soul. Nonviolence without music, meditation, action, and a willingness to take risks probably doesn't exist. Joan Baez
We must win the common people in every corner. This will be obtained chiefly by means of the schools, and by open, hearty behaviour, show, condescention, popularity, and toleration of their prejudices, which we shall at leisure root out and dispel Illuminati
We have to deal with the despotism of Princes. This increases every day. But then, the spirit of freedom breathes and sighs in every corner, and, by the assistance of hidden schools of wisdom, Liberty, and Equality, the imprescribable rights of man, warm and glow in every breast. We must therefore unite these extremes. Adolph Friedrich Ludwig Freiherr von Knigge
We have to struggle with pedantry, with intolerance, with divines and statesmen, and above all, princes and priests are in our way. Adam Weishaupt
We’ve reformed our representative democracy into the past. Adlai Stevenson
If you want change, you have to offer change. Mary Matalin
Reform is not like pushing a button…. If you don’t have peace, you have to spend most of your money on the army and security issues. All of these factors won’t make reform fast. It will definitely be slow. We are living under tension … you can’t have reform under tension. Bashir Assad
In those days…we were all friends – all willing to help one another…We were very radical, however, in our views of right and wrong…. We opposed bad men everywhere, supported all fugitive slaves who came to us, and worked like beavers for the right Lyman Goodnow
Look abroad thro' Nature's range. Nature's mighty law is change. Robert Burns
The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress Charles Kettering
Without reforms we will repeat the failures of the past. Arnold Schwarzenegger
If they don’t voluntarily change, they will be changed. Madeleine Albright
I have the greatest sympathy with the growth of the socialist party. I think they understand the evils that surround us and hammer them into people's minds better than we Liberals. I want to see the Liberal party throw its heart and soul fearlessly into reform so as to prevent a reaction from the present state of things and the violent revolution that would inevitably follow it. Charles Trevelyan
Change is debilitating when it is done to us. Change is exhilarating when it is done by us. Ed McMahon
Every year humanity takes a step towards Communism. Maybe not you, but … your grandson will surely be a Communist. Nikita Khrushchev
Adults must awaken to the urgency of the young people’s unrest—in other words, there must be created an adult unrest against the inequities and injustices in the present system. William O. Douglas
If the government is in jeopardy, it is not because we are unable to cope with revolutionary situations. Jeopardy means that either the leaders or the people do not realize they have all the tools required to make the revolution come true. The tools and the opportunity exist. Only the moral imagination is missing. William O. Douglas
It does us no harm to look over our past shortcomings and plan to improve our characters and actions in the coming year Eleanor Roosevelt
Loyalty to our ancestors does not include loyalty to their mistakes. George Santayana
If radical Islam is ever to be shunted aside it will be by other Moslems with alternate interpretations. Daniel Pipes
There are reformers in every country. Dennis Ross
Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about reform. Susan B. Anthony
Change will always be violent. Emma Goldman
The foundations of society have cracked as a result of the revolutionary reforms....The definitions and boundary lines of good and evil have disappeared. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Everyone tried to discover still new questions, everyone tried to resolve them; people wrote, read, and spoke about projects; everyone wished to correct, destroy, and change things, and all Russians, as if a single person, found themselves in an indescribable state of enthusiasm Leo Tolstoy
Experience shows that the most dangerous moment for a bad government is usually just as its starting on reform. Alexis de Tocqueville
Nothing counts but pressure, pressure, more pressure, and still more pressure through broad organized aggressive mass action. A. Philip Randolph
I am in every fiber of my body a radical. Theodore Roosevelt
I cannot say that I entered the presidency with any deliberately planned and far-reaching scheme of social betterment. Theodore Roosevelt
Where the disease is most deeply seated, there it will be slowest in eradication. In the Northern States it was merely superficial and easily corrected. In the Southern, it is incorporated with the whole system and requires time, patience, and perseverance in the curative process. That it may finally be effected and its progress hastened, will be my last and fondest prayer. Thomas Jefferson
Those who would reform the world must show that they do not speak in the heat of wild impulse; their lives must be unstained by passionate error; they must be serene lawgivers to themselves. Sarah Margaret Fuller
…the burden of proof rests always upon the advocates of change. Elihu Root
Well, there's things that never will be right I know, And things need changin' everywhere you go Johnny Cash
I am against judicial reforms based on nakedly partisan reasoning. Sandra Day O'Connor
I believe in the Corporal Works of Mercy, the Ten Commandments, the American Declaration of Independence and James Connolly’s outline of a socialist society… Most of my life I’ve been called a lunatic because I believe that I am my brother’s keeper. I organize poor and exploited workers, I fight for the civil rights of minorities, and I believe in peace. It appears to have become old-fashioned to make social commitments — to want a world free of war, poverty and disease. This is my religion Michael J. Quill
We may very well be making history here ... in the presence of the man who is entrusted with the banner of American liberty that was taken from Lincoln when he was shot 95 years ago … Dr. King was almost stabbed to death, has been shot at, has been arrested more often than anybody in the United States, south and north … Dr. King’s life at this moment is in just as great danger as was Lincoln’s. And he has to walk with care if he is to continue to lead this crusade Michael J. Quill
I probably am a dead man already. Malcolm X
Abolitionists are wicked and abominable …. The nation is being led to civil war. Many bloody wars have ensued from less beginnings. A little fuel has sometimes kindled a great fire. John Brown
Every false prophet comes in odd moments to believe in the truth of his false doctrine James Connolly
Apostles of Freedom are ever idolized when dead, but crucified when living. James Connolly
Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare. Japanese Proverb
They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers … call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Were it not for Khrushchev’s execution of Stalin we wouldn’t have come to such a sorry state. Since then, we have lived increasingly useless and dirtier lives; this murder of Stalin was also the murder of his people. The country, deprived of high ideals in just a few decades, has run into the ground. Yelena Prudnikova
Today the sharia courts exist only for questions touching religion and personal status of the believers, they should limit their benevolent labors to matters that concern them specifically. Ibrahim Jammal
The Emancipation Proclamation was fraught with consequences, immediate and remote, such as human foresight could not penetrate….. Gideon Welles
Accountability goes hand in hand with reform. David Kay
While the association and its founders and its founders most sincerely appreciate the splendid elements and achievements of the old-time Indian culture and the methods by which early conditions were met, it realizes most keenly the inefficacy of these methods in meeting the conditions of modern times. Laura Minnie Cornelius Kellogg
I am entirely in opinion with all that portion of my fellow-citizens who are decidedly opposed to the interference by abolitionists with the question and practices of slavery in the Southern states. James Kent
Because Muslims often consider the early traditions of Islam to be part of the original message of revelation, they typically look to the way Muslims lived in the past rather than attempt to construct new ways based on both the original teachings of Islam and the realities of modern life. Laith Kubba
For five hundred years these rules and theories of an Arab sheik and the interpretations of generations of lazy, good-for-nothing priests have decided the civil and the criminal law of Turkey. They had decided the form of the constitution, the details of the lives of each Turk, his food, his hours of rising and sleeping, the shape of his clothes, the routine of the midwife who produced his children, what he learnt in his schools, his customs, his thoughts, even his most intimate habits … Possibly it might have suited tribes of nomads in the desert. It was no good for a modern progressive State. Kemal Ataturk
A hard father to his people, Mustafa Kemal [Ataturk] told his Turks last December that they must forget God in the Arabic language (Allah), learn Him in Turkish (Tanri). Admitting the delicacy of renaming a 1300-year-old god, Kemal gave the muezzins a time allowance to learn the Koran in Turkish. Time
History indicates that indiscriminately copying Western political systems is a blind alley for China. Hu Jintao
I would like to pause for a moment and take stock of what we as the Muslim World are faced with today. We need to attempt to determine the issues and shortcomings that continue to hamper our progress at home. We have a spiritual heritage of peace, harmony, tolerance and affection. It should strengthen our inspiration for achieving freedom, peace, prosperity and democracy. Abdullah Gul
Radical simply means grasping things at the root. Angela Davis
The great Plekhanov, the true one, belongs entirely and wholly to us. It is our duty to restore to the young generation his spiritual figure in all its stature. Leon Trotsky
It is impossible to become a real communist without studying-really studying - all that Plekhanov has written on philosophy, as this is the best of the whole international literature of Marxism Vladimir Lenin
I have never seen anybody introduce anything very radical because they got an OBE and a word with the queen Benjamin Zephaniah
My goal for the Arab world is to change the status quo, which is horrible politically, religiously, economically, in every way. Faisal Al-Kasim
There's a battle outside raging It'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls for the times they are a-changing. Bob Dylan; Robert Allen Zimmerman
Reform always disappoints. Ron Brownstein
We need reform. We need more transparency between those who lobby us and ourselves in the Congress. John Boehner
You can’t give people enough pork to make them happy about a failure to reform. Newt Gingrich
I don’t want to eliminate government. I just want to shrink it down to the size that you can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the tub. Grover Norquist
You can’t reform an army quickly because an army is a reflection of the culture of the nation. Robert D. Kaplan
To change and change for the better are two different things. Anonymous
If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed. Anonymous
No reform Mayor ever served two terms. Anonymous
Peasants, the land is yours. Anonymous
All great changes are irksome to the human mind, especially those which are attended with great dangers and uncertain effects. John Adams
We need to reform our educational systems even though the Americans tell us to. Al Hayat
I think if we are outside this country, we can say oh, Allah, destroy America, but once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it. There is no way for Muslims to be violent in America, no way. We have other means to do it. You can be violent anywhere else but in America. Abdulrahman Alamoudi
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. Alcoholics Anonymous
Gentlemen, you surely understand yourselves the impossibility of retaining, without alteration and change, the existing mode of owning souls . It is better to abolish personal servitude [serfdom] by legislative measures than to see it abolished by a movement from below. I ask you to consider such measures as might forward this end. Alexander II
Modernity, democracy, and change have enabled more and more Muslim women activists, and Muslim democrats all over the world, to realize they can work within the Islamic framework to find liberation within Islam…. We feel strongly that we have a right to reclaim our religion, to redefine it, and to make sure Islam is codified and implemented in ways that take into consideration the realities of women’s lives today. Zainah Anwar
Disobey the rules; ask for more; leave your wretchedness behind; organize with your brothers and sisters; never accept the hand of fate. Jean-Bertrand Aristide
The evils which are complained of can not be eradicated at once; the work must be gradual. Chester A. Arthur
It is much better to reform than to destroy. James Ash
It was necessary to abolish the fez, which sat on the heads of our nation as an emblem of ignorance, negligence, fanaticism, and hatred of progress and civilization … Kemal Ataturk
They only ask for a fair day’s wages for a fair day’s work. Thomas Attwood
I remember when the feminist movement started. I was in Edmonton. There was no feminist movement in Edmonton. Margaret Atwood
In nature and state, it is safer to change many things than one. Francis Bacon
Causes, as we know, are notoriously bloodthirsty… James Baldwin
This government will mark a rupture from the previous one, because that is the wish of the French people. Edouard Balladur
Almost every witness that has been before this committee has opposed that reform which would affect his own industry. Ross Bass
Chicago ain’t ready for reform! Mathias Patty Bauler
They are not reformers who simply abhor evil. Such men become in the end abhorrent themselves. Henry Ward Beecher
Human society can only adapt to social change at a certain rate. Anthony Beevor
You have to be careful about reform. If you can't trust the system weren't bad shape. Griffin Bell
It is given to Bristol in this election to wrench the parliamentary system away from its feudal origins, and pitchfork it kicking and screaming into the twentieth century. Anthony Wedgewood Benn; Tony Benn
We begin by trying to alter what we can see, but the tremors which our action starts sometimes run through the entire depth our society; levels to which we pay no conscious attention are stirred, and all kinds of unintended results ensue. Isaiah Berlin
You can't find your way to social reform through the forces that made social reform necessary. Albert J. Beveridge
Those Who Slow Reforms Are Against Europe Marco Biagi
The power of a movement lies in the fact that it can indeed change the habits of people. This change is not the result of force but of dedication, of moral persuasion. Steven Biko
Changes do occur often with such suddenness in ways not foreseen except by isolated thinkers far removed from the consensus of their day. James H. Billington
History is full of changings of the guard—some for the better, some for the worse. Harry A. Blackmun
We have ploughed the sea. Simon Bolivar
On seeing evildoers taken to the place of execution, he was wont to exclaim: "But for the grace of God there goes John Bradford. John Bradford
Man is as the Lord made him. But we can change our institutions. Louis D. Brandeis
Every era demands its own answers, and if one wants to do good, one must be prepared for them. Willy Brandt
There is this constant effort to progress in America, to make things better for everyone. Tom Brokaw
The sight of preventable evil is painful ... he who preaches patience and reliance upon natural progress is thought callous. James Bryce
Right now, I am trying to overthrow the Government of the United States. Pat Buchanan
... the dynamic architect of Soviet reform. George W. Bush
What is a rebel? A man who says no. Albert Camus
The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown. Albert Camus
I called the New World into existence to redress the balance of the old. George Canning
I am goddamned tired of listening to all this babble for reform. America is a hell of a success. Why tinker with it? The country don't need any legislation. Joseph Cannon
The pendulum will swing back. Joseph Cannon
Things don’t always get better. Sometimes they get worse. The only way things will get better if people make them better. Robert Carey
All true reformers are by nature of them priests, and strive for a theocracy. Thomas Carlyle
The socialist or anarchist who seeks to overturn present conditions is to be regarded as attacking the foundation upon which civilization itself rests. Andrew Carnegie
The way to promote an idea is to put the word reform at the end of it. James Carville
We've got a thousand lobbyists in thousand dollar suits giving you a thousand reasons we can't change. James Carville
When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change. Lucius Cary; 2nd Viscount Falkland
It is hard to build a communist state while reformers are slandering socialism, destroying its values, discrediting the party and liquidating its leading role, doing away with social discipline, and sowing chaos and anarchy everywhere. Fidel Castro
Central to our identity as Catholics is that we are called to be leaven for transforming the world, agents for bringing about a kingdom of love and justice. Catholic Bishops
The Greek patriarchs [clergy] were displeased. Whereas in former times in the Ottoman state, the communities were ranked, with the Moslems first, then the Greeks, then the Armenians, then the Jews, now all of them were put on the same level. Some Greeks objected to this, saying, “The Government has put us together with the Jews. We were content with the supremacy of Islam.” Amhed Cevdet Pasa
[Transvaal President Paul] Kruger … dribbles out reforms like water from a squeezed sponge. Joseph Chamberlain
It is just as impossible to help reform by conciliating prejudice as it is by buying votes. John Jay Chapman
Reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it. John Jay Chapman
The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right. Gilbert K. Chesterton
[We must] accelerate the reform of our political system, especially the building of a system of socialist democracy based on law …. Democracy is a worldwide trend …. If the Party doesn’t hold up the banner of democracy in our country, someone else will, and we will lose out. China
I want to be known as a catalyst for change. Shirley Chisholm
Don't be content with things as they are. Winston Churchill
Reformers and progressives are inevitably iconoclasts. James B. Clark
I came in 1949, and all of us thought the climate was not just ripe for change. We often delay adjudication. [I]t’s [sic] not a question of evading at all. It’s just the practicalities of life – common sense. Thomas C. Clark
You are either part of the solution or part of the problem. Eldridge Cleaver
Let us be willing to remold society by redefining what it means to be a human being in the 20th century, moving into a new millennium. Hillary Clinton
There are people and interests that do not want change. It is not in their interest for this system to change. Hillary Clinton
We have to take the world as we find it and do what we can to improve upon it. Hillary Clinton
Change is certain. Progress is not. Bill Clinton
Decent people can stand against mountains of power and move those mountains for the betterment of their children. Bill Clinton
Nobody takes any change seriously unless there's some money involved. Bill Clinton
The price of doing the same old thing is higher than the price of change. Bill Clinton
The urgent question of our time is whether we can make change our friend and not our enemy. Bill Clinton
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. Bill Clinton
Till you lift womanhood itself, you will never arrest--nay, you will never importantly diminish the dreadful curse, the great sin of great cities. Frances Power Cobbe
Every new political principle must have its special advocates, just as every new faith has its martyrs. Richard Cobden
Every single change is fought by those who would be affected by it. Norman B. Coleman
The idealist's program of political or economic reform may be impracticable, absurd, demonstrably ridiculous; but it can never be successfully opposed merely by pointing out that this is the case. A negative opposition cannot be wholly effectual: there must be a competing idealism; something must be offered that is not only less objectionable but more desirable. Charles Horton Cooley
A few years in the age of nations is nothing. William H. Crawford
The American is a new man, who acts upon new principles; he must therefore entertain new ideas, and form new opinions. Michel Guillaume Jean de Crevecouer; J. Hector St. John
[New York reformers] tried to stand so straight that they fell over backwards. Richard Croker
War kills reform. Robert Dallek
Reforms are less to be dreaded than revolutions, for they cause less reaction. Charles John Darling
Almost every special interest lobby was organized to prevent reform. Richard G. Darman
Why was so much done in remedying the evil instead of avoiding it in the first place? Dorothy Day
Time only and long experience can bring remedies to defects in the customs of a state whose form is already determined. Maximilien De Bethune; Maximilien De Bethune; Duc de Sully
We must strike a balance between speed and thoroughness, between the need for time frames and the avoidance of mistakes which will later cost us dearly. F. W. de Klerk
When you look at the times in history when change was brought about, there were two factors: crisis and leadership. Hernando de Soto
Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization. Eugene V. Debs
We didn’t make it perfect, but we did change the world. Ronald V. Dellums
Reform is a monstrous way of dealing with problems. Joseph E. diGenova
In a progressive country change is constant .... change is inevitable. Benjamin Disraeli
The spirit of the age is the very thing a great man changes. Benjamin Disraeli
The alternative to shock therapy is very often shock without the therapy. Michael Dobbs
We have a devastated city and devastated souls ... The transition from communism to democracy proved to be a bomb that blew us up. Slavko Docmanovic
The only weapon I have is my microphone and my unmistakable faith as a militant for change, veritable change.” Jean Dominique
There will never be quietness in this country till half a dozen of you be hanged or banished. James Douglas
If society is to be responsive to human needs, a vast restructuring of our laws is essential ... A vast restructuring of our society is needed if remedies are to become available to the average person. William O. Douglas
The Russian government pushed too hard to change the system overnight. Vladislav Drobkov
A reformer thinks he was elected because he was a reformer, but the truth of the matter is he was elected because no one knew him. Finley Peter Dunne
Too often reform involves the mechanics of change rather than the underlying values. David Durenburger
No one can go on being a rebel too long without becoming an autocrat. Lawrence Durrell
The masters wanted to keep their slaves, and the slaves, their masters. Luc Durtain
We have no right to thrust our advanced views on our less advanced countrymen. Amar Nath Dutt
We have no right to thrust our advanced views on our less advanced countrymen. Amar Nath Dutt
We are not rebels. Rebels defy authority and break laws at will. Frederick Dykes
If you're going to do economic reform, you'd better do it in one fell swoop rather than a little bit at a time. Lawrence Eagleburger
The young business and professional men of this country must get together round the table, adopt methods that have proved sound in the past, adapt them to the changing needs of the times and, whenever possible, improve them. Edward VIII
Each of us have to decide whether we’re going to be a force for progress or an obstacle to progress. John Edwards
We are all going to have to see pain if we are going to bring about change. Barbara Ehrenreich
When emotions are deeply stirred, progress must be gradual. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again it will solve the problem of the age. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The martyr cannot be dishonored, every lash inflicted is a tongue of flame, every prison a more illustrious abode. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Real change happens a step at a time. Alain C. Enthoven
Change is incremental and real change, enduring change, occurs one step at a time. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Courts should ... follow, rather than lead, changes taking place elsewhere in society. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The common people, the toilers, the men of uncommon sense—these have been responsible for nearly all social-reform measures which the world accepts today. William E. Gladstone
Sometimes, when a tide starts to sweep, it makes no difference what the traditions are. Parris Glendening
Cut loose from the weight of prejudices, traditions, and customs. Emma Goldman
Those who govern us know it well, for they would sooner deny us bread than dare alter the observance of tradition. F. Gonzalez-Crussi
Any initiative which patently served the interests of society was immediately viewed with suspicion and even with overt hostility. Why was our system so unresponsive to renewal and innovation? Mikhail Gorbachev
If you try to smooth out society with a hot iron, you're liable to drive out all talent. Mikhail Gorbachev
Our intention is not to replace socialism by some other system, but to reinforce it. Mikhail Gorbachev
Those who cling to the past won't give up without a fight. Mikhail Gorbachev
We launched perestroika [openness and restructuring] with our eyes open. We foresaw the complexity and the special nature of that process, realizing that it would shake up thoroughly our entire society. We were not wrong.... As for the difficulties—and they do exist—we accept them as a natural expression of contradictions inherent in a transition period. Mikhail Gorbachev
Let us keep clear of interfering with their [Egypt’s] internal affairs; let us leave reforms to them and their peoples. Charles George Chinese Gordon
Year after year we do not get reform as a result of scandals; we simply get more scandals. William Greider
We are making our revolution slowly and by constitutional methods. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
We have crossed the bridge to this transition in only 24 hours, in complete civility and complete calm. That has left the whole world surprised. Vincente Fox
Correcting what has been for centuries a condition of absolute chaos is not the work of short-winded people. Marvin E. Frankel
Criticism is the spur of reform; and Burke's admonition that a healthy society must reform in order to conserve has not lost its force. Felix Frankfurter
Democracy is the least static form of society. Its basis is reason not authority. Felix Frankfurter
Change: In politics, the substitution of one disappointment for another. Charles Paul Freund
Some of the [Indian] national [sanitation] habits are beyond description, and yet so ingrained as to defy all human effort [to reform.] Mohandas K. Gandhi
.d. New York City;, .d. risk;, To hell with reform! Asa Bird Gardiner
Radicalism is a label that is always applied to people who are endeavoring to get freedom. Marcus Garvey
Once a change of direction has begun, even though its the wrong one, it still tends to clothe itself as thoroughly in the appurtenances of rightness, as if it had been natural all along. F. Scott Fitzgerald
In the eyes of the true believer, people who have no holy cause are without backbone and character. Eric Hoffer
To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life. Eric Hoffer
We … need education in the obvious – to learn to transcend our own convictions and to leave room for much that we hold dear to be done away with short of revolution by the orderly change of law. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The danger to the state lies not in the intrusion of new thought but in the effort to stubbornly maintain the old state thought. Yuzo Horiki
I'll say this for reformers—they're mighty patient. Frank McKinney Hubbard; Abe Martin
In the name of "reform" Congress now has its hand in virtually every aspect of military procurement. David Ignatius
The United State can no longer allow its Arab allies to ward off democratic reform. Martin Indyk
Great institutions can only be reformed by stealth or by revolution. William Ralph Inge
There is a certain relief in change even though it be from bad to worse. Washington Irving
Change never comes from the White House. It comes from your house and my house. Jesse Jackson
Sometimes in Congress I believe change is impossible …. Democrats read too many polls to change the climate. Republicans benefit from the climate too much to want to change it. Jessie Jackson Jr.
Activists set the agenda for the practitioners. Jesse Jackson
We can surely boast of having set the world a beautiful example of a government reformed by reason alone, without bloodshed. Thomas Jefferson
Politics, like religion, hold up torches of martyrdom to the reformers of error. Thomas Jefferson
The earth always belongs to the living. Thomas Jefferson
We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him as a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors. Thomas Jefferson
Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living. Mary Harris Jones; Mother Jones
We must not be willing to disinter the origins of those [institutions] we wish to preserve. Joseph Joubert
A reforming age is always fertile of imposters. Thomas Babington Macaulay
The voice of great events is proclaiming to us, Reform, that you may preserve. Thomas Babington Macaulay
He who desires or attempts to reform the government of a state, and wishes to have it accepted ... must at least retain the semblance of the old forms; so that it may seem to the people that there has been no change in the institutions, even though in fact they are entirely different from the old ones. Niccolo Machiavelli
The wind of change is blowing through the continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact. Harold MacMillan
This is an fascist society. We have to change its authoritarian structure …. And in the process we have to let a lot of people get away with crimes. Jaime Malamud
We have to manage the dreams and the fears. Robert Malval
Give me a prejudice and I will move the world. Gabriel Marquez
A state without some means of change is without the means of its conservation. Edmund Burke
History pays more attention to reformers than others. We pay more attention to dissenters too. Joyce Appleby
I was the father of Canada's social revolution; you will create the country's economic revolution. Paul Martin Sr.
Every day which passes over the unredressed wrongs of any [minority] which a republic holds in her bosom; every day which brings persecution on those who act out of the principles in which all profess; every day which adds a sanction to brute force and impairs the sacredness of law; every day which prolongs impunity to the oppressor and discouragement to the oppressed is a more evil day than that which should usher in the work of renovation. Harriet Martineau
[T]he great social changes are impossible without the feminine ferment. Karl Marx
Great political and social changes begin to be possible as soon as men are not afraid to risk their lives. Thomas G. Masaryk
Socialism appeals to Jews because it embraces the interests of the oppressed. Tomas G. Masaryk
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Book of Matthew
Had there been the threat of Nuremburg-style trials for members of the apartheid state security establishment we would never have undergone a peaceful change. Thabo Mbeki
Don’t speak to the … converted. Don’t talk to a bunch of [fools] who agree with you. That’s not doing anything. Get your message out to people who would not ordinarily hear anything conscious. It’s not easy, but we have to be in the business of mainstreaming radicalism. Aaron McGruder
The Minister of Lands, Sir, got his ideas as a boy when he saw the poor people [of Scotland] evicted from their houses in the most cruel manner and unable to get a place for their feet to stand upon except they went to cemeteries. John McKenzie
In order for the Bureau to change we have to open ourselves to suggestions Robert Mueller
It is not much to be wondered at if impatient or disappointed reformers, groaning under the impediments opposed to the most salutary public improvements by the ignorance, the indifference, the intractableness, the perverse obstinacy of a people, and the corrupt combinations of selfish private interests armed with the powerful weapons afforded by free institutions, should at times sigh for a strong hand to bear down all these obstacles, and compel a recalcitrant people to be better governed. John Stuart Mill
Laws never would be improved, if there were not numerous persons whose moral sentiments are better than the existing laws. John Stuart Mill
People are more easily induced to do, and do more easily, what they are already used to; but people also learn to do things new to them. John Stuart Mill
The spirit of improvement is not always a spirit of liberty, for it may aim at forcing improvements on an unwilling people. John Stuart Mill
When the object is to raise the permanent condition of a people, small means do not merely produce small effects; they produce no effect at all. John Stuart Mill
There is no way out of the political troubles of South Africa except for reform in the Transvaal, or war. Alfred Milner
This country is going so far right you are not even going to recognize it. John N. Mitchell
Reform means difficulties. History moves often by leaps, then it moves slowly, because the resistance is organizing itself. Francois Mitterrand
Great economic and social forces flow with a tidal sweep over communities that are only half conscious of them. Wise statesmen are those who foresee what time is thus bringing, and endeavor to shape institutions and to mold men's thought and purpose in accordance with the change that is silently surrounding them. John Morley
Tradition, by its very nature, includes continuous change. William Morris
Politics can't motivate people. The desire to get rich—that is the only way to mobilize the whole society. Mou Qizhong
Anything we have not done in the next century will be our own fault because we have so many resources to do it. Daniel P. Moynihan
Allah does not change social conditions until people change their attitude. Muhammad
Every reformation must have its victims. You can't expect the fatted calf to share the enthusiasm of the angels over the prodigal's return. Hector Hugh Munro; Saki
We can’t change our government unless we change the people who run it. Anthony Muse
I invented the low blow. I can outdemagogue the best of demagogues. Fiorello H. La Guardia
The function of a progressive is to keep on protesting until things get so bad that a reactionary demands reform. Fiorello H. La Guardia
You’re a thug. Now get out of here and keep away. Fiorello H. La Guardia
The country is called to the practice of new customs. The walls and surfaces must be cleaned. But minds too must be cleansed, for that is where the error was born. La Prensa [Argentina]
An issue between a people and a class James Fintan Lalor
If we want everything to remain as it is, it will be necessary for everything to change. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
No great reform can be achieved except at the sacrifice of some opinion. Wilfrid Laurier
This country has been without stern, sails and wind, and it needs someone at the helm. We are doomed to live in an authoritarian state until genuine democracy, which should not be confused with anarchy, can be set up. Aleksandr Lebed
In peacetime without war, they have destroyed all that could be destroyed. We are standing on one-sixth of the world, a rich country with our pants down and hoping someone will help us. Aleksandr Lebed
Only force would produce social change. Vladimir Lenin
If you want truly to understand something, try to change it. Kurt Lewin
I will adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views. Abraham Lincoln
[It is] ... a sound maxim that it is better only sometimes to be right than at all times to be wrong, so soon as I discover my opinions to be erroneous, I shall be ready to renounce them. Abraham Lincoln
We need reform, but not at the hands of Wall Street. Charles A. Lindbergh Sr.
When the facts change, one ought to change one’s opinion. John Maynard Keynes
Reform without pain is impossible. Kim Dae Jung
It is sure to be a year on the brink of catastrophe or rejuvenation. Kim Young San
The pain of overcoming our difficulties must be borne by all. Kim Young San
Social change can be painful for all involved—oppressor and oppressed. Coretta Scott King
Economic reform is impossible without the educated groups. Henry A. Kissinger
… evolution over revolution. Henry A. Kissinger
We must liberate our concepts of justice, our laws and legal institutions from the bonds which hold a tight grip on us although they are incompatible with the needs of our century. Kemal Ataturk
The men that call for Reformation, may pretend cause or colour of cause both in matters of doctrine & fact, why they may hate the Bishops, which in no sorte may bee applyed to hir Majestie. Henry Barrow
To offer change to a Spaniard was like offering a drink to a confirmed alcoholic. Carrero Blanco
Sir, the people of the northern states are cowards. Slavery has made cowards of them all. The whites are afraid of each other, and the blacks are afraid of the whites. You can effect nothing among such people John Brown
How long it takes for reforms of ritual ceremonies to be discussed among scholars who all have their own ideas. Chinese Proverb
If one has a flexible attitude, one knows how to deal with changing situations Chinese Proverb
Mending the fence when one loses a sheep is still not too late. Chinese Proverb
One who uses an ancient rule to govern the present does not necessarily see the changes that have taken place. Chinese Proverb
Reform is born of need, not pity. No vital movement of the people has worked down, for good or evil; fermented, instead, it carried up the heaving, cloggy mass. Rebecca Harding Davis
There is no progress without struggle. Frederick Douglass
Some people like to reform everything they can get their hands on. Others want to fold away and worship whatever is presented to them by the caprice of history. Max Eastman
If you see that something is not working, you have to be willing to change course. John Edwards
Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know. English Proverb or Saying
Kill not the goose that lays the golden eggs. English Proverb or Saying
Reform is a verb …. The process of Reform is an ongoing, dynamic one, not a static process that has reformed and is finished becoming. Leonard Fine
I am convinced that if something isn’t done to give the Negroes a new sense of hope and a sense of protection, there is a danger that we will face the danger that will lead to the worst race rioting we’ve ever seen in this country. I think it’s just at that point. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Romanists have, with great adroitness, drawn three walls round themselves, with which they have hitherto protected themselves, so that no one could reform them, whereby all Christendom has fallen terribly. Firstly, if pressed by the temporal power, they have affirmed and maintained that the temporal power has no jurisdiction over them, but, on the contrary, that the spiritual power is above the temporal. Secondly, if it were proposed to admonish them with the Scriptures, they objected that no one may interpret the Scriptures but the Pope. Thirdly, if they are threatened with a council, they pretend that no one may call a council but the Pope. Martin Luther
There are changes in the works. Colleen Rowley
Political reforms, without exception, have a down side. Bob Schieffer
Many of you are disillusioned with the performance of this and past governments, and with the unkept promises. But we have to understand that we cannot manage without these reforms. Rudolf Schuster
Political evils must be sorely felt before they can be removed. George Washington
There is in much of corporate America an old boys club whose values make it difficult to rat out a friend. Sherron Watkins
Beginning reform is beginning revolution. Duke of Wellington
You cannot but expect, that the offence continually arising from such a variety of provocations [reforming current religious groups] will gradually ripen into hatred, malice, and all other unkind tempers. And as they who are thus affected will not fail to represent you to others in the same light as you appear to them, -- sometimes as madmen and fools, sometimes as wicked men, fellows not fit to live upon the earth; the consequence, humanly speaking, must be, that, together with your reputation, you will lose, first, the love of your friends, relations, and acquaintance, even those who once loved you the most tenderly; then your business, for many will employ you no longer, nor buy of such an one as you are;and, in due time, … your health, liberty, and life. John Wesley
The giving up of witchcraft is in effect the giving up of the Bible. John Wesley
Opening China to the world has dramatically affected the movement for democracy. The process of opening up is a process whereby the government loosens its control of the people. On the other hand, simply opening the economy is not enough. Very few people are actually able to enjoy the economic reforms. The privileged classes, or those who have connections with the privileged classes, enjoy more benefits from an open policy. Wei Jingsheng
If you are on the wrong side of society you can’t win. Jeffrey R. Immelt
I live in the United States, but I do not know exactly where. My address is wherever there is a fight against oppression. My address is like my shoes; it travels with me. I abide where there is a fight against wrong. Mother Jones; Mary Harris Jones
I do this because it pleases me, and there is nothing I would not do so as human effort goes, to advance any movement designed to reach and rescue perishing humanity. I have a heart for others and that is why I am in this work. When I see suffering about me, I myself suffer, and so when I put forth my efforts to relieve others, I am simply working for myself. I do not consider that I have made any sacrifice whatever; no man does unless he violates his conscience Eugene V. Debs
We who once were fools and dreamers, then shall we be brave and wise. English Proverb or Saying
In Western Europe we still have, in many countries, leaders of the type of the Second International; here we are still seeking the right leaders, those that do not try to dominate the masses, that do not betray them; and as long as we do not find these leaders, we want to do all things from below Herman Gorter
The power of parliament, has been won in Western Europe by means of wars for liberty, waged by former generations, by the ancestors. And though at the time these rights were only for citizens, for the possessing class, they were won by the people all the same. Herman Gorter
Organize, transport your class antagonisms from the economic sphere, where they are perpetrated against you, where they alone can succeed. Take power, become the master of the state. Then, instead of being subject to capitalist law you will make socialist law. Jules Guesde; Jules Bazile
Political activity means working for the future; the more we look into the future the more far-sighted will our policy be - so much the more clear and decided. The less far we try to see into the future, the more we content ourselves with the daily routine (Alltäglichkeit), the more weak and uncertain will be our policy of to-day. Every politician of note must, therefore endeavor out of the present to conclude what the future will be, and, if he wants to win the masses to his politics then he must attempt to make his expectations of the future plausible Karl Kautsky
Yes: dictatorship . . . But this dictatorship must be the work of the class and not that of a leading minority in the name of the class; that is to say, it must, step by step, arise from the active participation of the class, remain under its direct influence, and be subordinated to the control of publicity and be the outcome of the political experience of the whole people Rosa Luxemburg
We Muslims are conspiring against ourselves. We’re in crisis and we’re dragging the rest of the world with us. If ever there was a moment for Islamic reformation, it is now. Irshad Manji
These wars and mass murders that the horrible Kaisers and kings with their authorities have been the source of, have in general been started to solidify their staggering thrones, or to suppress the people. August Palm
We too love the fatherland, maybe more than those who have spread the rumors about us. But above the love to the fatherland, we put the love for the whole mankind. But is it not more noble and more beautiful to love the whole world than to restrict the love to only a small piece August Palm
Human society cannot, be changed in a year. Karl Pearson
May I entreat the general, for our blessed Redeemer’s sake, from the nobility and humanity of his heart, that he would condescend to use all moderate measures if possible to prevent that prodigious and cruel effusion of blood, that deep anxiety of distress, that must fill the breast of so many helpless people should an Indian war be once entered upon?” Anthony Benezet
The best endeavors in our power to draw the notice of the governments, upon the grievous iniquity and great danger attendant on a further prosecution of the slave trade, is what every truly sympathizing mind cannot but earnestly desire, and under divine direction promote to the utmost of their power Anthony Benezet
It was repugnant to my convictions and my experience so far to encroach upon the independence of the worker, in his professional life and his rights as the head of a family, as to forbid him by law to exploit his own working capacities, and those of his family, according to his own judgment. I do not believe that the workingman is in himself grateful because he is forbidden to earn money on certain days, and during certain hours, as he may choose. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
The first thing we complain of here is, that the people are entertained with showy ceremonies, while not a word is said of their significance and truth. John Calvin
The object shall be to aid in the extinction of slavery all over the world by means exclusively lawful and peaceable, moral and religious, such as by the diffusing of useful information and argument, by tracts, newspapers, lectures and correspondence, and by manifesting sympathy with the houseless and homeless victims of slavery flying to our soil Canadian Anti-Slavery Society
It is fast approaching when the United States shall no longer be stained with this foul pollution of slavery. Charles Osborn
The illicit traffic of liquor among the Indians and the indiscriminate leasing of their lands have done more harm than anything that happened to them in their history, even now we hear of some desperate deed committed through their drunkenness. Frances E. Willard
There is nothing like proposals for intelligence reform to activate the anti-bodies of the affected agencies. Amy Zegart
We should put this one-man show behind us. Instead of talking about individuals we should at last be talking about institutions and laws. Hanan Ashrawi
Mighty causes are calling us—the freeing of women, the training of children, the putting down of hate and murder and poverty—all these and more. But they will call us with voices that mean work and sacrifice and death W. E. B. Du Bois
We believe in the right and duty of persons to work for the glory of God and the good of themselves and others and in the protection of their welfare in so doing; in the rights to property as a trust from God; in collective bargaining and responsible consumption; and in the elimination of economic and social distress. United Methodist Church
It is not to be supposed that children so young could remain, with the intervals of meals only, from six in the morning until seven in the evening, in constant employment, on their feet, within cotton mills, and afterwards acquire much proficiency in education. Robert Owen
Among the most oppressive measures, and the ones most deeply harming society, is the compelling of subjects to perform forced work unjustly. Ibn Khaldun
For the accommodation of the people of every state and territory, let Congress show their wisdom by granting a national bank, with branches in each state and territory, where the capital stock shall be held by the nation for the mother bank: and by the states and territories, for the branches; and whose officers and directors shall be elected yearly by the people with wages at the rate of two dollars per day for services; which several banks shall never issue any more bills than the amount of capital stock in her vaults and the interest. The net gain of the mother bank shall be applied to the national revenue, and that of the branches to the states and territories' revenues. And the bills shall be par throughout the nation, which will mercifully cure that fatal disorder known in cities as brokerage; and leave the people's money in their own pockets. Joseph Smith, Jr.
… ‘great men’, will dally with all rights, in order to smuggle a fortune at ‘one fell swoop’; mortgage Texas, possess Oregon, and claim all the unsettled regions of the world for hunting and trapping; and should an humble, honest man, red, black, or white, exhibit a better title, these gentry have only to clothe the judge with richer ermine, and spangle the lawyer's finger with finer rings, to have the judgment of his peers, and the honor of his lords as a pattern of honesty, virtue, and humanity, while the motto hangs on his nation's escutcheon: ‘Every man has his price!’ …. reform this nation. Joseph Smith, Jr.
Unless we, who know better than most world citizens the horror of the mushroom cloud that hangs ominously over us, become active Humanists in word and in deed, we may well condemn our world to awake some day never to view again the "green stillness of the country where we can hear the heart of Nature beat," but instead to crawl about and gasp for breath on limited terrain, surrounded by lakes and seas of molten lava, representing the remnants of that which once we knew as Mother Earth. Percy Julian
A conservative is someone who believes in reform. But not now! Mort Sahl
The court’s agents may enter into men’s houses, break up their chests and chambers Robert Beale
I do not believe in a clash of civilizations in this world. As Turkey we are in an ideal position to be a bridge….We have been able to show that a Moslem country can have a strong democracy…. We have to have a common platform to fight against terrorism. All terrorists are bad no matter what religion the come from. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The treatment I have received from the advocates of Civil Service Reform makes my blood boil…. I know what I have done and what I have suffered in this cause and with that I am satisfied as I retire from the struggle. I hope the next man will be better trusted by those who assume to be apostles of the Reform. The cause is worth much — very much; but the people who stand ready to attribute every mistake in the selection of officers to wanton violation of principle and assume to know more of the conditions, motives and intents that those charged with responsibility, are worth nothing Grover Cleveland
we are not legislating on this subject in response to our own judgment … but in response to some sort of judgment which has been expressed outside Preston B. Plumb
So, sir, it comes to this at last, that … the dunce who had been crammed up to a diploma at Yale, and comes fresh from his cramming, will be preferred in all civil service appointments to the ablest, most successful, and most upright business man of the country, who either did not enjoy the benefit of early education, or from whose mind, long engrossed in practical pursuits, the details and niceties of academic knowledge have faded away as the headlands disappear when the mariner bids his native land good night. Matthew Hale Carpenter
They will leave the King nothing other than the empty name of King, no more James II
What, then, can we in England do for Religion ? All that in us lies to secure a form of Christianity in harmony with progress, liberty, and knowledge. How can this be obtained? By making the Church of England a church of intellectual freedom and a church of the people. What men cry, can this church of an Episcopal sect, this last obstinate remnant of a dead social system, this institution of feudalism and fierce obstruction, this church of dominant classes, dark with memories of persecution and intolerance; can such a church as this become a church of freedom and a church of the people. Yes, it can. It is for the people to decide Arnold J. Toynbee
Do the magistrates think of putting down our meeting by acts of violence? I for one think they do, and should we be attacked today, come what will, life, death, or victory, I am determined no house shall cover my head tonight. I am quite ready to stand by the law, and not to give our tyrants the slightest advantage in attacking us in sections; but should they employ force against us. I am repelling attack by attack. Feargus O'Connor
More pigs less parsons! Manchester Political Union
I will use all my influence in trying to remove from our factory system the cruelties which are practiced in our mills. Richard Oastler
The government have sent the spirit of discord through the land, and I will prophesy, that it will never be extinguished, but by the extinction of their power. A nation as sensible as the English, will see that a spirit of concord, when they are oppressed, means a tame submission to injury, and that a spirit of liberty ought then to arise, and I am sure ever will, in proportion to the weight of the grievance they feel. John Wilkes
The evils of European society were rooted in feudalism and entrenched in privilege. Herbert A. L. Fisher
It is one of the peculiarities of the warfare between reform and the status quo that it is thoughtlessly governed by a double standard. Whenever a reform measure is proposed it is often defeated when its opponents triumphantly discover a flaw in it. Garrett Hardin
If a path to the better there be, it begins with a full look at the worst. Thomas Hardy
Everybody wants change. But the problem is how you manage change. Ahmed Nazif
I hear around me reformers who want to dismantle the Holy Sanctuary, destroy the universal flame of the Church, to discard all her adornments, and smite her with remorse for her historic past. Pius XII; Eugenio Pacelli
The world many of our capabilities and alliances were created to address, no longer exists. Mitt Romney
I differ from most of you on most of the issues of life, and I’m going to keep it up. Alexander Meiklejohn
Reform has to emanate from the inside. It has to be compatible with your customs. … One cannot impose one’s will on the majority of the people as much as one wants to do so. Adel Al-Jubeir
This Enmity in all Lands will cease, for none shall dare to seek a Dominion over others, neither shall any dare to kill another, nor desire more of the Earth then another; for he that will rule over, imprison, oppresse, and kill his fellow Creatures, under what pretence soever, is a destroyer of the Creation, and an actor of the Curse, and walks contrary to the rule of righteousnesse. Gerrard Winstanley
Not only are there no free lunches, but there are no free systemic changes either. Vaclav Klaus
Association of All Classes of All Nations Robert Owen
We have nothing to fear from the truth – or the past – If we learn from it. Wilton Gregory
The priests, either from indulgence or carelessness, have allowed the wicked to give loose reins to their lusts John Calvin
As long as I live I must be a crusader. Emma Goldman
Progress knows nothing of fixity. It cannot be pressed into a definite mould…. Progress is ever renewing, ever becoming, ever changing--never is it within the law. Emma Goldman
Violence never has and never will bring constructive change, but my life experience tells me that most change is violent. Emma Goldman
There is much that is incomprehensible to the Englishman who comes among us taking notes, and not the least is that no one wants his cut-and-dried schemes of reforming what we do not wish to reform. S. M. Hussey
… the admirable purpose of Cabinet Ministers, bent on reforming their different departments, but dexterously 'blocked' by the permanent officials S. M. Hussey
No doubt it is also necessary to improve the classes who now oppress you, but you will never succeed in doing this unless you begin by improving yourselves. Giuseppe Mazzini
I don’t want to kill the government. I just want to shrink it down to a small enough size that I can flush it down the toilet. Grover Norquist
No agitation for political reforms could be carried on by a plague-stricken and starving people. Food was what they needed and most urgently demanded. The political argument died away, drowned in cries and petitions for relief, lost in weepings and wailings for the victims who were perishing in hundreds by the roadsides, in the fields, and in their bare and empty houses. Timothy Daniel Sullivan
It was the allurement of these fiscal advantages undoubtedly that prolonged the illusion and concealed the immense injury they did to industry and their infraction of natural right. This illusion had extended so far that some persons asserted that the right to work was a royal privilege which the king might sell, and that his subjects were bound to purchase from him. We hasten to correct this error and to repel the conclusion. God in giving to man wants and desires rendering labor necessary for their satisfaction, conferred the right to labor upon all men, and this property is the first, most sacred, and imprescriptible of all. . . . The King [Louis XVI] regards it as the first duty of his justice, and the worthiest act of benevolence, to free his subjects from any restriction upon this inalienable right of humanity. Anne Robert Jacques Turgot; Louis XVI
When will the proud priest of Rome grant indulgences to mankind to live in peace and charity, as he now does to fight and slay one another? John Wycliffe
Surely this is a bad beginning in Lane Seminary. If it is to be governed by the excitements of Cincinnati, and especially … excitements so unreasonable, and if the students are to be placed under laws [so as] to appease the mob, the church will have little hope either from its purity or its influence. [When] it is found that it can be governed by city excitements it may expect to be favored with enough of them. Better far for the Seminary and the honest religion, the mob had torn the building to the ground. It could have been reared again as a standing monument of integrity. John Rankin
We can not cure great and inveterate evils at once Alexander I
I am able and willing of my own accord to introduce and maintain such reforms as are calculated to entitle a rulers to the lasting gratitude of his subjects, and encouraging approbation of the paramount power as well as the public at large. Partap Singh
The way to reform has always led through prison. Emmeline Pankhurst
We cannot claim that we [Arabs] cannot reform unless the Arab Israeli conflict is solved. Rights for women have nothing to do with the conflict with Israel. Marwan al-Muasher
Please let us [Arabs] have ownership of our own reform effort. We cannot ask the world not to interfere unless we are prepared to have our own vision for reform: Rights of women, educational reform, economic reform—all of them. Marwan al-Muasher
If you want to change something, you’ve got to go where the people are. Wilma Mankiller
The black men of America have a duty to perform, a duty stern and delicate,--a forward movement to oppose a part of the work of their greatest leader. So far as Mr. [Booker T.] Washington preaches Thrift, Patience, and Industrial Training for the masses, we must hold up his hands and strive with him, rejoicing in his honors and glorying in the strength of this Joshua called of God and of man to lead the headless host. But so far as Mr. Washington apologizes for injustice, North or South, does not rightly value the privilege and duty of voting, belittles the emasculating effects of caste distinctions, and opposes the higher training and ambition of our brighter minds,--so far as he, the South, or the Nation, does this,--we must unceasingly and firmly oppose them. W. E. B. Du Bois
From the moment when a subordinate class becomes really independent and dominant, calling into being a new type of State, the need arises concretely, of building a new intellectual and moral order, i.e. a new type of society. Antonio Gramsci
As times change, so government must change. We need a new government for a new century Bill Clinton
Our duty is to cleanse, to reconsider, to restore, to correct the evil without impairing the good, to purify and humanize every process of our common life without weakening or sentimentalizing it. Woodrow Wilson
You cannot effectuate change if you do not have power. Antonia Hernandez
Sometimes we get comfortable with the status quo, even when the status quo isn’t any good. Barack Obama
Your honor, I have stated in this court that I am opposed to the form of our present government; that I am opposed to the social system in which we live; that I believe in the change of both but by perfectly peaceable and orderly means.... Eugene V. Debs
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. Chinese Proverb
One cannot shoe a running horse. Dutch Proverb
Action requires co-operation, but in general if you set your face against custom, people will set their faces against you. They cannot tell whether you are right or wrong, but they know that you are guilty of a pragmatical assumption of superiority over them which they do not like. William Hazlitt
If the facts change, I’ll change my opinion. What do you do, Sir? John Maynard Keynes
Youth should not accept the old order if the world is to move on. William Allan White
One of the reasons that change takes place is that the people who produce it believe change can take place. George P. Shultz
What is taking place in the Muslim world is an internal struggle. We are now living in the twilight of the Islamic reformation. It is inevitable. It may be slowed, but it cannot be stopped. Reza Aslan
One cannot enforce major reforms with slim majorities. Erwin Hargrove
We suffer more … when we fall from a better to a worse situation, than we ever enjoy when we rise from a worse to a better. Security, therefore, is the first and the principal object of prudence. Adam Smith
He will be successful who directs his actions according to the spirit of the times, and that he whose actions do not accord with the times will not be successful Niccolo Machiavelli
Prohibition was a pseudo-reform, a pinched, parochial substitute for reform,, not merely an aversion to drunkenness and to the evils that accompanied it, but to the immigrant drinking masses, to the pleasures and amenities of city life, and to the well-to-do classes and cultivated men. Richard Hofstadter
In the institution of societies, mankind in all probability thought father of redressing the evils, which they had experienced, than of procuring the several advantages resulting from laws, from commerce, from the arts and sciences, and from all those other improvements so frequently mentioned in history. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
Change shall be without hurry, but without pause. Raul Castro
The adherents of the old order have a powerful ally in the natural law of inertia inherent in humanity which is … a natural defense against change. Bertha von Suttner
Reform that you may preserve. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Constant, patient reform—the only kind of reform compatible with Democratic stability—is unsatisfying. Oscar Arias
Can old dogs learn new tricks? …. Issue positions among partisans tend to be relatively stable… Party position changes tend to come not from learning new tricks but from electing new dogs. Walter Clark Wilson
The modern proletarian class doesn't carry out its struggle according to a plan set out in some book or theory; the modern workers' struggle is a part of history, a part of social progress, and in the middle of history, in the middle of progress, in the middle of the fight, we learn how we must fight... Rosa Luxemburg
I want to make all Europe and America know it – I want to make England feel her weakness if she refuses to give the justice we the Irish require – the restoration of our domestic parliament... Daniel O'Connell
The principle of my political life …. is, that all ameliorations and improvements in political institutions can be obtained by persevering in a perfectly peaceable and legal course, and cannot be obtained by forcible means, or if they could be got by forcible means, such means create more evils than they cure, and leave the country worse than they found it Daniel O'Connell
The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds. John Maynard Keynes
Anyone who is a leader for reform will accumulate enemies over time. Tim Geithner
The heart of change is in the emotions…. We see, we feel, we change. John P. Kotter
Change comes in various wavelengths. There are changes in the game, changes in the rules of the game, and changes in how the rules are changed Kevin Kelly
Question the status quo at all times, especially when things are going well. Garry Kasparov
There are two sides to reconciliation; the law aspect and the moral values. Unless there is improvement for both, changes will not come by easily Taito Waradi
Do you believe that life today is the same as it was 10 centuries ago? This tremendous change was produced by the West. Who else produced it? Ibrahim Buleihi
I have always believed in discontent – not grumbling, which is usually selfish and individual – but a disinclination to sit down idly, knowing things are wrong. Charlotte Despard
The Socialist movement, the Labour movement, call it which you will, and the Women’s movement, are but different aspects of the same great force which has been, all through the ages, gradually pushing its way upwards, making for the reconstruction and regeneration of Society. Isabella Ormston Ford
Socialism makes war upon a system not a class…. Labour should capture power, not destroy it. James Keir Hardie
The House of Lords must go - not be reformed, not be replaced, not be reborn in some nominated life-after-death patronage paradise, just closed down, abolished, finished. Neil Kinnock
Change isn't easy…. Changing the way you live means changing the way you think. Changing the way you think means changing what you believe about life. That's hard, …. When we make our own misery, we sometimes cling to it even when we want so bad to change, because the misery is something we know. The misery is comfortable. Dean Ray Koontz; Leigh Nichols
In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one James Burgh
Nothing is so common as to see a political upheaval pass practically unnoticed merely because the names of the leaders and their parties remain the same. Leonard Constant Lambert
When push comes to shove, the status quo is a very powerful force. Bill Gates
In my opinion, neither organisms nor organizations evolve slowly and surely into something better, but drift until some small change occurs which has immediate and overwhelming significance. The special role of the human being is not to wait for these favorable accidents but deliberately to introduce the small change that will have great significance. Edwin Land
There is an extremism of ends and there is an extremism of means. The Muslim Brotherhood desired ends are extreme, but their means are not. They are committed to non violence as a means. Tarek Masoud
As a poodle may have his hair cut long or his hair cut short, as he may be trimmed with pink ribbons or with blue ribbons, yet he remains the same old poodle, so capitalism may be trimmed with factory laws, tenement laws, divorce laws and gambling laws, but it remains the same old capitalism. These “humanitarian parts” are only trimming the poodle. Socialism, one and inseparable with its “antirent and anticapital parts,” means to get rid of the poodle.. Daniel De Leon
It cannot be too strongly insisted that Socialism means but one thing, and that is the abolition of capital in private hands, and the turning over of the industries into the direct control of the workmen employed in them. Anything else is not Socialism, and has no right to sail under that name. Socialism is not the establishment of an eight-hour day, not the abolition of child labor, not the enforcement of the pure food laws, not the putting down of the Night Riders, or the enforcement of the 80-cent gas law. None of these, nor all of them together, are Socialism. They might all be done by the government tomorrow, and still we would not have Socialism. They are merely reforms of the present system. Daniel De Leon
I do not wish to be melodramatic, but at some point I have to say it. If something bad should happen to me, I want you to know that my commitment to what I am doing has been freely contracted, with the joy of knowing that this is precisely what I should be doing at this moment. Fear is constantly present in each one of us, because none of us are movie heroes. But we refuse to accept that fear must condition our actions and prevent us from doing what with a cool head and fervent heart we understand should be done. Antonio Llido Mengual
Will England renounce that free Commonwealth not only held by wisest men in all ages the noblest, the manliest, the equallest, the justest government, the most agreeable to all due liberties and proportionate equality, both humane, civil, and Christian, most cherishing to virtue and true religion, but also (I may say it with greatest probability) plainly commended or rather enjoined by our Saviour Himself to all Christians not without remarkable disallowance and the hand of Providence upon Kingship"? John Milton
All great reforms go together. Frederick Douglass
We are returned to office to change the course of history—nothing less. Edward Heath
I ask the attention of the public to the paramount necessity of reform in our civil service—a reform not merely as to certain abuses and practices of so-called official patronage which have come to have the sanction of usage in the several Departments of our Government, but a change in the system of appointment itself; a reform that shall be thorough, radical, and complete; a return to the principles and practices of the founders of the Government. Rutherford B. Hayes
By our own improvements we seem to have weakened the case for further change. Tom Hayden; Students for a Democratic Society
The reformer does not want to move left; he wants to move forward. Gary Hart
Reform and renewal come from below, not above. Do not await a reform messiah. Gary Hart
Novelty even is useful if a general opinion prevails that the old way is bad. Alexander Hamilton
In your time we have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society. The Great Society rests on abundance and liberty for all. It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are totally committed in our time Lyndon B. Johnson
It is more honorable to repair a wrong than to persist in it. Thomas Jefferson
I am a friend to the reformation generally of whatever can be made better Thomas Jefferson
Our children will be as wise as we are and will establish in the fullness of time those things not yet ripe for establishment Thomas Jefferson
We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors Thomas Jefferson
The European monarchs instead of wisely yielding to the gradual change of circumstances, of favoring progressive accommodation to progressive improvement, have clung to old abuses, entrenched themselves behind steady habits and obliged their subjects to seek through blood and violence rash and ruinous innovations which, had they been referred to the peaceful deliberations and collected wisdom of the nation, would have been put into acceptable and salutary forms Thomas Jefferson
Time and changes in the condition and constitution of society may require occasional and corresponding modifications Thomas Jefferson
We have always a right to correct ancient errors and to establish what is more conformable to reason and convenience Thomas Jefferson
Every human essay must have defects. It will remain, therefore, to those now coming on the stage of public affairs, to perfect what has been so well begun by those going off it Thomas Jefferson
The circumstances of the world are continually changing, and the opinions of man change also; and as government is for the living, and not for the dead, it is the living only that has any right in it. Thomas Paine
The Clarion will convert England to Socialism in seven years. British working classes are not fit for Socialism yet. Robert Blatchford
Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love Khalil Gibran
Our course of advance... is neither a straight line nor a curve. It is a series of dots and dashes. Benjamin N. Cardozo
To this nation and to every nation there come formative periods in its life and history. New conditions can be met only by new methods. Meeting these conditions hopefully, and facing them bravely and wisely, is to be the mightiest test of American virtue and capacity. Without abandoning past limitations, traditions, and principles, by meeting present opportunities and obligations, we shall show ourselves worthy of the great trusts which civilization has imposed upon us. William McKinley
Resuscitation will not be promoted by recrimination. The distrust of the present will not be relieved by a distrust of the future. A patriot makes a better citizen than a pessimist. And we have got to be patient. William McKinley
The Fastest Way to Change Society is to Mobilize Women. Anonymous
The most pressing challenge that the Arabs have yet to confront is the reform of Islam. If the Arab world can’t or won’t accept the concept of the secular state as being consistent with Islam, then neither high-speed economic growth, nor liberal democracy have much chance in the Middle East. Steven Schlosstein
Islam is against slavery, but no sura explicitly forbids it. This shows that it is necessary to come up with a new historical and sociological reading of the scriptures. Bassam Tahhan
We should found a new community: the community of Protestant Muslims. Its roots already exist in [Muslim] history. This community would promote a return to the word of God, since the overwhelming majority of prophetic hadiths are subject to serious questioning and suspicion. A Protestant Muslim has only one goal: to track down the truth to its very source. He has only one guiding principle: never to let himself be content with the so-called revealed truth. Freedom of thought is a God-given gift that should be honored by Muslims. The German orientalist Theodor Noeldeke wrote several volumes on the history of the various Korans. Today the Arabic translation of his book is being circulated in secret. Jews and Christians readily accept the different versions of their sacred scriptures. Why shouldn't we? When you examine the different versions from different perspectives - sociological, philosophical, juridical and linguistic - you reveal the Koran's wide range of possible meanings. This breathes new life into [the Koran], instead of petrifying it for all time! Bassam Tahhan
We demand the release of Islam from its captivity to the totalitarian ambitions of power-hungry men and the rigid strictures of orthodoxy. St. Petersburg Declaration
It was not revolution as men are prone to say. It was a popular expansion of governmental powers beyond all constitutional grants; and nearly all men everywhere hope the President may succeed. William E. Dodd
In Mahomedan society, we too often hear futile laments over the loss of political power, but we must remember that in the modern world a monopoly of political power, such as Moslems once held in India, is neither possible nor even desirable. Now that general liberty is given to all, the monopoly, or even a desire for the monopoly, of political power is both immoral and of no benefit. The just man does not even wish to possess privileges to the necessary exclusion of others. Muhammed Shah Aga Kahn III
We are undertaking a formidable task when we attempt to correct and remodel the ideals of our people. But for the task before us, we Indian Musalmans possess many advantages; we have the advantage of living under a Government which administers justice evenly between rich and poor and between persons of different creeds and classes; in the second place, we enjoy complete freedom to devise plans for the amelioration of our people. We have no reason to fear that our deliberations will be abruptly closed if we propose schemes of education other than those approved by Government. We know that no book and no branch of knowledge will be forbidden to us by official command; and, lastly, we know that, under the protection of British rule, we shall be allowed to work out to the end any plans for social and economic salvation which we may devise. Our wealth will not excite rapacity, nor our advancement in learning awaken the jealousy of our rulers. Muhammed Shah Aga Kahn III
When hearing something unusual, do not preemptively reject it, for that would be folly. Indeed, horrible things may be true, and familiar and praised things may prove to be lies. Truth is truth unto itself, not because people say it is. Ibn Al-Nafis
Women who chose to fight for their rights in the context of Islam and its teaching are breaking new paths that had been barred to them for over a millennium. The process has been slow and hard and different in different countries. Throughout, the most effective strategy has been to insist that Islam does not recognize intermediaries between God and the believers, and each Muslim has the right to discover her/his faith and engage with it through the very words of God as recorded in the Koran. Haleh Afshar
Islam and its tradition have until now encountered modernity as a cultural aggression (al-ghazw al-fikri), not as a historical phenomenon. Mohammed Arkoun
In the current state of the world, the relentless march of globalization generates more ruptures, tensions, contradictions and collective conflicts than did the exportation of fragments of material modernity to colonies in the 19th and 20th centuries. Mohammed Arkoun
The politics of traditionalisation and the celebration of Islam as a component of national identities have thwarted the possibilities of modernizing tools of thought and institutions Mohammed Arkoun
Whoever imitates a people is one of them. Muhammad
Defending yesterday … is far more risky than making tomorrow. Peter Drucker
An Arab renaissance cannot be accomplished without the rise of women in Arab countries … Directly and indirectly, it concerns the well-being of the entire Arab world United Nations
If you are going to take the political pain of slaying sacred cows, you might as well slaughter the whole herd as just go after one or two. Anonymous
Take hold of your future or the future will take hold of you Patrick Dixon
Defeat or the possibility of defeat is a great social motivating force for change. Max Boot
People who have a new idea often just stop having an old idea. Edwin Land
Bourgeois class domination is undoubtedly an historical necessity, but, so too, the rising of the working class against it. Rosa Luxemburg
My life was not useless; I gave important truths to the world, and it was only for want of understanding that they were disregarded. I have been ahead of my time. Robert Owen
I am for the restoration of order, not for the restoration of the old order. Honore de Mirabeau; Honore Gabriel Victor Requiti
History has proven that nations do not advance and develop without the continuous renewal of their ideas. This also applies to individuals and people Quaboos bin Said
There is nothing in our government that the ballot cannot remove or amend. It can make and unmake presidents and congresses and courts.... It can sweep over trusts, syndicates, corporations, monopolies and every other development of the money power. Eugene V. Debs
It is essential to release humanity from the false fixations of yesterday, which seem now to bind it to a rationale of action leading only to extinction. R. Buckminster Fuller
In a democratic society like ours, relief must come through an aroused popular conscience that sears the conscience of the people's representatives. Felix Frankfurter
Don't let it happen when the time comes, that you will be blamed by the next generation because you did nothing. Don't allow yourself to just stay at the side, clap your hands, smile, and wave your as we create history. i hope you can join in creating history. Francis Escudero
Two types of choices seem to me to have been crucial in tipping their outcomes towards success or failure: long-term planning, and willingness to reconsider core values. Jared Diamond
If we never do anything which has not been done before, we shall never get anywhere. The law will stand still whilst the rest of the world goes on; and that will be bad for both. Alfred Denning
Reformation must begin with the GREAT, or it will never be effectual. Their example is the fountain whence the vulgar draw their habits, actions, and characters. To expect to reform the poor while the opulent are corrupt, is to throw odors into the stream while the springs are poisoned. Hannah More
The real cause of this, as all real popular movements, not stimulated by the aristocracy, … was an apprehension on the part of the people, that their civil rights were invaded. Benjamin Disraeli
Edinburgh, Scotland went from a narrow, theocratic, awful society to the intellectuality and free thinking Great Enlightenment in only 100 years. Niall Ferguson
The starting point is a passionate anger at something that does not work very well. James Dyson
First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. And then you win. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Europe is filled with the very elements of social combustion. William James Linton
We not only went after some sacred cows, we went after the whole herd. Mitt Romney
We demand that Negroes be employed on the basis of their skill and intelligence in all branches of our federal service in every public and private industry …. We demand equal education opportunities with equal access for the Negro student to all public tax-supported institutions. We demand the democratic right to vote without poll-taxes, white primaries and other devices which keep the majority of Southern Negroes a voteless group with no voice either in the selection of their representatives or a check on unjust public policies. We demand an end to segregation in transportation, in housing, in health and recreational facilities and in all other social service. We demand Negro and minority group representation on all administrative agencies so that these groups may help to determine policies for all people. A. Philip Randolph
The one thing I do know is change is coming so quickly Bill Graham
The attempt to make a distinction between recovery and reform is a narrowly conceived effort to substitute the appearance of reality for reality itself. When a man is convalescing from illness, wisdom dictates not only cure of the symptoms but also removal of their cause. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The opportunity to earn a dollar…. just now is worth… more than the opportunity to spend a dollar in an opera house. Booker T. Washington
You’ve got a reputation and it stinks….Since Detroit is more than 80 percent Black, it can’t be the white man’s fault. It’s not what he’s doing to you. It’s what you’re not doing. William Cosby
The real world is somebody is going to win; somebody is going to lose. There are costs to everything, but if you make the long term investment which is investment in education, public health and infrastructure, then we will have a better world. Michael Bloomberg
We in South Africa had a relatively peaceful transition. If our madness could end as it did, it must be possible to do the same everywhere else in the world. If peace could come to South Africa, surely it can come to the Holy Land. Desmond Tutu
In our struggle against apartheid, the great supporters were Jewish people. They almost instinctively had to be on the side of the disenfranchised, of the voiceless ones, fighting injustice, oppression and evil. Desmond Tutu
For most people reform meant relief from ecclesiastical extortions. Barbara Tuchman
Governments do not like to face radical remedies; it is easier to let politics predominate. Barbara Tuchman
No government is perfect. One of the chief virtues of a democracy, however, is that its defects are always visible and under democratic processes can be pointed out and corrected. Harry S Truman
Changing people’s expectation is the hardest thing to do. Rahm Emanuel
To the workman we appeal by the memory and traditions of his own sufferings and wrongs to be vigilant to avoid the great guilt of inflicting upon his fellow-citizens the injustice from which he has himself escaped. Arnold J. Toynbee
And that which yesterday was the novel opinion of one man, to-day becomes the general opinion of the majority. And as soon as this opinion is established, immediately by imperceptible degrees, but beyond power of frustration, the conduct of mankind begins to alter. Leo Tolstoy
No feats of heroism are needed to achieve the greatest and most important changes in the existence of humanity; neither the armament of millions of soldiers, nor the construction of new roads and machines, nor the arrangement of exhibitions, nor the organization of workmen's unions, nor revolutions, nor barricades, nor explosions, nor the perfection of aerial navigation; but a change in public opinion.. Leo Tolstoy
In our world everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy
Change is the process by which the future invades our lives Alvin Toffler
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.. Henry David Thoreau
You can hardly convince a man of an error in a lifetime, but must content yourself with the reflection that the progress of science is slow. If he is not convinced, his grandchildren may be. Henry David Thoreau
We are on the our way to a free market economy. Regardless of the mistakes and omissions, the government has managed to implement a firm and consistent economic policy. Regardless of how incomplete it still is, the transition to free market relations and democracy has become irreversible. Levon Ter-Petrossian
… all change in history, all advance, comes from the nonconformists. If there had been no trouble-makers, no Dissenters, we should still be living in caves. Alan Taylor
Be skeptical, question authority, be a rebel. Do not conform and don’t be ordinary. Remember, all human progress is the result of far-sighted people challenging orthodoxy, tradition and rich, powerful, vested interests. Peter Gary Tatchell
if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon. Tom Stoppard
Make the world better Lucy Stone
… societies are kept stable and healthy by reform, not by thought police I. F. Stone
Roosevelt, Truman and Johnson understood that the South would continue to be an outcast unless it abandoned folkways that were injurious—to whites as well as blacks—and they employed the powers of the state to coerce recalcitrants into new patterns of behavior. William E. Leuchtenburg
…making our city well-armed, and thus creating the chance for Florence to achieve glorious victories, giving public office to men of good reputation and conduct, making it easy to punish the crimes of anyone who follows evil paths: all these measures together would result in the rich being less esteemed than they are today. Francesco Guicciardini
…working not for the small pleasures of today but for the future security and improvement of the race. John Maynard Keynes
When to prevent? When to adapt?" Noting that prevention tends to cost more and favors elites, while adaptation costs less and favors the average person… Michael Crichton
It has become abundantly clear that the Muslims of India would not rest content with anything less than the immediate establishment of an independent and fully sovereign State of Pakistan and would resist any attempt to impose any constitution, long-term or short-term, or setting up of any Interim Government at the Centre without the approval and consent of the Muslim League, the council of the All-India Muslim League is convinced that the time has now come for the Muslim nation to resort to direct action to vindicate their honour and to get rid of the present slavery under the British and contemplated future of Caste Hindu domination. This Council calls upon the Muslim nation to stand to a man being their sole representative organization, the All-India Muslim League, and be ready for every sacrifice. This Council directs the Working Committee to prepare forthwith a programme of direct action to carry out the policy initiated above and to organize the Muslims for the coming struggle to be launched as and when necessary. All-India Muslim League
For Russians, a map is a kind of visual compensation, a special emotional sublimation, and also an object of unconcealed pride. It also serves to elucidate and excuse all shortcomings, mistakes, poverty and stagnation. Too big a country to be reformable! - explains an opponent of reform. Too big a country to be able to clean it up! - janitors shrug their shoulders from Brest to Vladivostok. Too big a country to be able to ship merchandise everywhere! - grumble the assistants in empty shops. Ryszard Kapuscinski
If you want to accomplish something in the world, idealism is not enough--you need to choose a method that works to achieve the goal. In other words, you need to be pragmatic. Richard Stallman
The existing pseudo-government which was not elected by the people and which is not accountable to the people must be replaced by a government recognized by the people, elected by representatives of the workers, soldiers and peasants and held accountable to their representatives. Joseph Stalin
The people of a nation are enslaved when, together, they are helpless to institute effective change, when the people serve the government more than the government serves them. Gerry Spence
All Reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for. Logan Pearsall Smith
Mere political reform will not cure the manifold evils which now afflict society. There requires a social reform, a domestic reform, an individual reform. Samuel Smiles
Tell the King, that whole cities are in open revolt against the prosecutions, and that it is impossible to enforce the decrees here. As for myself, I shall continue to hold by the Catholic faith; but I will never give any color to the tyrannical claim of kings to dictate to the consciences of their people, and to prescribe the form of religion that they choose to impose. Call the King’s attention to the corruption that has crept into the administration of justice. Let the Government be reformed, the Privy Council and the Council of Finance, and increase the authority of the Council of State. William of Orange
No man has a right to disturb the public peace, by personally resisting the execution of a law however bad. He ought to acquiesce, using at the same time the utmost powers of his reason, to promote its repeal. Percy Bysshe Shelley
Reformers of all classes must recognize that it is useless to preach peace by itself, or socialism by itself, or anti-vivisection by itself, or vegetarianism by itself, or kindness to animals by itself. The cause of each and all of the evils that afflict the world is the same the general lack of humanity, the lack of the knowledge that all sentient life is akin, and that he who injures a fellow-being is in fact doing injury to himself. The prospects of a happier society are wrapped up in this despised and neglected truth, the very statement of which, at the present time, must … appear ridiculous to the accepted instructors of the people. Henry Stephens Salt
The capitalist world could not help giving birth to the socialist, but now the socialist world should not seek to destroy by force the ground from which it grew. Under the present conditions this would be tantamount to the suicide of mankind. Socialism should ennoble that ground by its example and other indirect forms of pressure and then merge with it. Andrei Sakharov
What produces the general good is always terrible or seems bizarre when begun too soon ... Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
Perfect concordance among reformers is not to be expected; and men who are honestly struggling towards the light cannot hope to attain at one bound to the complete truth. Thomas George Bonney
The human mind likes a strange idea as little as the body likes a strange protein and resists it with a similar energy. William Beveridge
… science is the great instrument of social change, all the greater because its object is not change but knowledge, and its silent appropriation of this dominant function, amid the din of political and religious strife, is the most vital of all the revolutions which have marked the development of modern civilization. Arthur Balfour
Women are not just victims of oppression or vectors of change. They are the artisans of social capital, that lattice of values that is the glue that holds societies together. It is they who repair the torn social fabric of communities in the difficult post-conflict situations. They are the custodians of values, who nurture these values in the next generation. Ismail Serageldin
How much reform do you think this institution [Congress] can take? Lee H. Hamilton
The apathy of the modern voter is the confusion of the modern reformer. Learned Hand
You cannot raise the standard against oppression, or leap into the breach to relieve injustice, and still keep an open mind to every disconcerting fact or can open an ear to the cold voice of doubt. Learned Hand
Those who are most desperate for change are those who are the most powerless to effect it. Mike Hanna
It is the moral force which carries a movement forward. James Keir Hardie
Here before God, in the presence of these witnesses, from this time, I consecrate my life to the destruction of slavery. John Brown
Mr. De Klerk does not get the credit that he deserves [for dismantling apartheid.] Desmond Tutu
Any plan of reconstruction is wrong that tends to leave these old leaders in power. Sidney Andrews
Whether they are technically in the Union or out of the Union, it is the national duty to deal with these States in such manner as will most surely exalt the lower and middle classes of their inhabitants. The nation must teach them a knowledge of their own rights, while it also teaches them respect for its rights and the rights of man as man. Sidney Andrews
The longings of South Carolina are essentially monarchical rather than republican; even the common people have become so debauched in loyalty, that very many of them would readily accept the creation of orders of nobility. In Georgia there is something less of this spirit; but the upper classes continually assert their right to rule, and the middle and lower classes have no ability to free themselves. The whole structure of society is full of separating walls; and it will sadden the heart of any Northern man, who travels in either of these three States, to see how poor, and meagre, and narrow a thing life is to all the country people. Even with the best class of townsfolk it lacks very much of the depth and breadth and fruitfulness of our Northern life… Sidney Andrews
The very name of the Bureau stood for a thing in the South which for two centuries and better men had refused even to argue, -- that life amid free Negroes was simply unthinkable, the maddest of experiments. The agents which the Bureau could command varied all the way from unselfish philanthropists to narrow-minded busybodies and thieves; and even though it be true that the average was far better than the worst, it was the one fly that helped to spoil the ointment. Then, amid all this crouched the freed slave, bewildered between friend and foe. He had emerged from slavery. W. E. B. Du Bois
In politics, as in every other department of life, the clashing of thought is sometimes a proof of disease, but always a promise of reform. Herbert Tuttle
I continue faithful to the measure of Parliamentary reform brought forward by Mr. Pitt. I am firmly persuaded that at present a prodigious majority of the people of this country are adverse to the measure. In my view, so far from being an objection to the discussion, this is rather a recommendation. William Wilberforce
We have really made an advance in civilization, that the principles on which our political and social order rest are in harmony with the laws of the universe, that we have set up an ideal which may never in genuine happiness certain...We are getting rid of old world things and becoming accustomed to the new. We are forming new creeds, new judgments, new manners; we are becoming a new race of men. Charles Eliot Norton
… we are on the brink of ruin. I am distressed to see the minions of a tyrant more devoted to his will than we are to a cause in which the whole world is interested. New measures and new men alone can save us. The American mind cannot long support the present complexion of affairs. Let our army be reformed. Let our general officers be chosen annually. The breaking of 40 regiments, and the dismissal of one field officer from every regiment & of one subaltern from every company will save many millions to the continent. Your army by these means may be made respectable & useful. But you must not expect to fill it with soldiers for 3 years, or during the war. The genius of America rebels against the scheme. Good General Officers would make an army of six months men an army of heroes. Benjamin Rush
Governments never lead; they follow progress Lucy E. Parsons
They want liberalization! I'll give them liberalization. I'll loosen the screws until the Americans beg me to tighten them again. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
You can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change Washington from the outside. Barack Obama
In the next few years the struggle will not be between utopia and reality, but between different utopias, each trying to impose itself on reality ... Albert Camus
To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often. Winston Churchill
The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little, by way of example. Mark Twain
Custom is petrification; nothing but dynamite can dislodge it for a century. Mark Twain
Often the less there is to justify a traditional custom the harder it is to get rid it. Mark Twain
Change is the handmaiden Nature requires to do her miracles with. Mark Twain
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation. Oscar Wilde
Many an act that man does is right or wrong according to the time and place which form, so to speak, its context; strip it of its surrounding circumstances, and you tear away its meaning. Gentlemen reformers, beware of this common practice of yours! Beware of calling an act evil on Tuesday because that same act was evil on Monday! Owen Wister
Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast. Charles Dickens
It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble. Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change. H. G. Wells
To-day we love what to-morrow we hate; to-day we seek what to-morrow we shun; to-day we desire what to-morrow we fear. Daniel Defoe
The Socialist movement is the abolitionist movement of the 20th century. Meyer London
The American Dream can no more remain static than can the American nation.... We cannot any longer take an old approach to world problems. They aren't the same problems. It isn't the same world. We must not adopt the methods of our ancestors; instead, we must emulate that pioneer quality in our ancestors that made them attempt new methods for a New World. Eleanor Roosevelt
A mighty influence is abroad, surging and heaving the world. Harriet Beecher Stowe
The goal in the end is not to win elections. The goal is to change society. Paul Krugman
We are best pleased with reforms that are far enough away so as not to affect ourselves Lewis F. Korns
It is unquestionably the duty of the industrial classes, by means of the ballot, to speedily take the Government into their own hands, but in doing so to do justice to all. James Baird Weaver
Reform campaigns which periodically rock our large cities,—and our small ones, too,— … are not intellectual wars upon erroneous principles, but emotional wars upon errant men: they always revolve around the pursuit of some definite, concrete, fugitive malefactor, or group of malefactors. That is to say, they belong to popular sport rather than to the science of government. H. L. Mencken
To reform Congress, you have to get Congress to play along. Robert Draper
Ideas do not make a movement; they are themselves merely the product of concrete situations, the intellectual precipitate of particular conditions of life. Movements arise only from the immediate and practical necessities of social life and are never the result of purely abstract ideas. But they acquire their irresistible force and their inner certainty of victory only when they are vitalised by a great idea, which gives them life and intellectual content Rudolph Rocker
Everything new endangers something old. A new machine replaces human hands; a new source of power threatens old businesses; a new trade route wipes out the supremacy of old ports and brings prosperity to new ones. This is the price that must be paid for progress and it is worth it. Hyman Rickover
Had Luther and Calvin been confined before they had begun to dogmatize, the states would have been spared many troubles. Armand Jean du Plessis; Cardinal
Things that used to be illicit are not illicit today. Licit products of yesterday, may be illicit today. Richard Snyder
Each and every civilization in the world is in complete concordance with its people and their condition of living. If a civilization loses this equilibrium it will be lost itself. The inharmonious civilizations die because of their lack of harmony and those who survive are in complete harmony with the changing conditions. The best way of coping with these ever-increasing changes is to come together with the other civilizations. Elia M. Ramollah
Change is the cliché of our time. It also happens to be the prevailing truth. Bob Rae
As I grow older, I have had to discard some ideas and policies because they no longer make sense. This strikes me as entirely healthy. I would invite others to do the same. Bob Rae
Unless we make revolutionary reforms, some day — in some unknown serra — some unknown Fidel Castro will rise up in Brazil. Janio Quadros
Enlightenment is terror; when you light up the world, you make its filth clearer. Karlheinz Deschner
Miss Goldman is a communist; I am an individualist. She wishes to destroy the right of property, I wish to assert it. I make my war upon privilege and authority, whereby the right of property, the true right in that which is proper to the individual, is annihilated. She believes that co-operation would entirely supplant competition; I hold that competition in one form or another will always exist, and that it is highly desirable it should. But whether she or I be right, or both of us be wrong, of one thing I am sure; the spirit which animates Emma Goldman is the only one which will emancipate the slave from his slavery, the tyrant from his tyranny — the spirit which is willing to dare and suffer. Voltairine de Cleyre
As long as the world shall last, there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever. Clarence Darrow
Adapt or Die David A. Fastabend
In the fifteen years since Earl Warren became Chief Justice, the Court has brought about more social change than most Congresses and most presidents. Anthony Lewis
You get few chances to make really transformational institutional change. Condoleeza Rice
I came to office with one deliberate intent: to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society — from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain. Margaret Thatcher
Two types of choices seem to me to have been crucial in tipping their outcomes towards success or failure: long-term planning, and willingness to reconsider core values. Jared Diamond
In a progressive country change is constant;… change … is inevitable Benjamin Disraeli
There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint. Denis Diderot
We live in a world changing so rapidly that what we mean frequently by common sense is doing the thing that would have been right last year. Edwin Land
Everything we have learned in the last 15,000 years will be swept away in the coming years…. The next hundred years will produce more changes than have taken place in the last 100,000 years. Indeed, the last 100 years have produced more change than the last 100,000 years. Ian Morris
The subject we talk of is the eye of England: if there be a speck or two in the eye, we endeavor to take them off; he would be a strange oculist, who should pull out the eye.” Francis Bacon
We must organize against the progress of revolutionary barbarism a government of combat. Anselme Polycarpe Batbie
Reformers will better rectify any inadequacies they detect in the market by reaping the profits available from that inadequacy than by denouncing the very system which makes meaningful reform possible. Jim Cox
The educated classes are possessed by the idea that in the social domain anything can be accomplished if only one applies enough force and is sufficiently resolute. Ludwig von Mises
The much abused “shopkeepers” have abolished slavery and serfdom, made woman the companion of man with equal rights, proclaimed equality before the law and freedom of thought and opinion, declared war on war, abolished torture, and mitigated the cruelty of punishment. What cultural force can boast of similar achievements? Ludwig von Mises
The great mass of people are incapable of realizing that in economic life nothing is permanent except change. They regard the existing state of affairs as eternal; as it has been so shall it always be. Ludwig von Mises
We want traditional change—not transformational change. Fahad Shulemi
Once a citizen feels he is not powerless, he can aspire for more change. ... First, the Web democratized commerce, and then it democratized media, and now it is democratizing democracy. Bernardo Bichara
Try spending a good chunk of your life as a reformer in the New York State Senate. See how you like it. Gail Collins
You can reform a political culture, but it’s a big lift. First, the voters would have to convince the legislators that they’re being watched by someone other than the lobbyists. Then they’d have to press for laws that would force a change of behavior, like nonpartisan redistricting and ethics reform. Then the voters would have to follow up, year after year, until the old guard was replaced by a whole new generation who went into politics with dreams of drafting serious legislation, rather than just bringing more stuff back into the district or, at worst, shaking down some landlord at the airport for a thousand bucks. Gail Collins
Once you can express yourself, you can tell the world what you want from it. All the changes in the world, for good or evil, were first brought about by words. Jacqueline Kennedy
It is not sufficient that the state of affairs which we seek to promote should be better than the state of affairs which preceded it; it must be sufficiently better to make up for the evils of the transition. John Maynard Keynes
Progressivism has time and again added the corrective that has enabled capitalism to survive. Robert Reich
One generation's reform becomes the next generation's problem. David Broder
There are limits to what reorganization and reform can do. Thomas S. Foley
It has a natural appeal, but I don't believe that even in 2020 there will be term limitations on Congress. Thomas S. Foley
Most governments and people want reform. It’s the prospect of change that makes reform rare. Lewis D. Eigen
Please, join the modern world. Nelson Mandela
Progress is never accepted by everybody. Billy Mitchell
Every problem we have in this country we created and we can fix it. Joe Manchin
Precedents establish expectations of what is fair. Does fairness require the perpetuation of unfair, unwise, or even dangerous past precedents? Lewis D. Eigen
If the voters vote for the same old thing, they are going to get the same old thing. If they want change, they are going to have to vote for change. Roger Simon
If reforms do not come when people are at peace, of course, they have to come through violent upheavals. No wonder the peoples who have democratic forms of government cling to them. Eleanor Roosevelt
In our political system it’s easier to block action than to act. Francis Fukuyama
A very great percentage of our people see only from $200 to $600 cash in hand during the course of a year, and many, many others have incomes under $1000 or ranging from $1000 to $2000 a year. This problem involves so many people that we cannot just say "Let the government solve it." We, as a people, must solve it by deciding on the type of social and economic philosophy which we wish to see established in this country. When we know what changes we want, we can then set government machinery to work to accomplish them, but the people themselves must know what it is they wish to do. Eleanor Roosevelt
We all know that in democracies, some of these [necessary] reforms are unpopular. Jose Manuel Barroso
… many think that changes and reforms can take place in a short time. I believe that we always need time to lay the foundations for real, effective change. Pope Francis I
… embrace new ideas with energy! Eleanor Roosevelt
America’s history is a continual process of trying to live up to our ideals, falling short, succeeding in some places and trying again others Anne-Marie Slaughter
You can fix the entitlements problem today, but if we wait 10 years, then fixing it will lead to a national catastrophe. Thomas J. Donahue
In America, even revolutions need a commercial sponsor. Christiane Amanpour
Successful reform requires a long-term vision, driven by political leadership. Larry Diamond
Senior military officers will not accept defense reform unless it is forced upon them. Aleksandr Golts
The period of radical reform is finished. Vladimir Putin
Every movement takes a century to make its mark. The women’s movement is only 40 some years old. Gloria Steinem
Executing the massive transformation they [the Chinese reform leaders] envision will take most of their political capital and will require firm political control, even as the reforms generate strong forces for social and political change. Kevin Rudd
Father of Glasnost Anonymous
Democratization was not a slogan, but the essence of Perestroika. Mikhail Gorbachev
Enough! We cannot live like this any longer. Everything must be done in a new way. We must reconsider our concepts, our approaches, our views of our past and our future…. It is simply impossible to live as we have lived before—intolerable, humiliating. Aleksandr Yakovlev
Reform comes in the wake of disaster. James Dobbins
These reforms will not be popular with everybody—especially those who are doing just fine under the present system. Barack Obama
The use of power to bring about radical social and political change in the 1860s carries important implications for the use of federal power to bring about change in matters of race, citizenship, and social welfare today. So long as this remains true—and there us no sign that these issues will go away any time soon. James McPherson
Like it or not, the United States is a revolutionary power. Whether the government is trying to overthrow foreign dictators is almost irrelevant. American society is about the most revolutionary force on the planet. The Internet is more subversive than the CIA in its prime. The dynamism of American Society is constantly creating new businesses, new technologies, new ideas and new social models. These innovations travel, and they make trouble when they do. Walter Russell Mead
In the absence of a crisis, the status quo in Washington is more or less set in cement, as advocacy groups and turf-conscious government officials are able to thwart change. Jordan Tama
To some extent, it is [that] everybody is resistant to change. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find anybody that was opposed to the smoking ban … All of Western Europe followed New York City. Many of the states around here did. Every major city, including in the tobacco-growing states in the United States, did. Brazil is smoke-free. Mexico City is smoke-free. All of France, Italy, Spain, England—they’re all smoke-free. It takes a while. Leadership is about doing what you think is right and then building a constituency behind it. It is not doing a poll and following from the back. If you want to criticize the political process—and it’s probably true throughout history, and certainly not just in the United States—I think it’s fair to say, in business or in government, an awful lot of leaders follow the polls. Michael Bloomberg
The first political leader of the American people to identify the national principle with an ideal of reform. Herbert Croly
It takes a lot of punishment to be able to do anything to change the social order. Cesar Chavez
Somehow, the guys in power have to be reached by counter-power, or through a change in their hearts and minds, or change will not come. Cesar Chavez
The abolition of slavery and the long effort to improve the status of women owe more to Britain and other democracies than to the United States, where progress on both areas trailed many other countries. Nor can the United States claim a global leadership role today on gay rights, criminal justice, or economic equality—Europe’s got those areas covered. Stephen M. Walt
Reform can only move forward. It cannot stagnate. Even more so, it can’t move backward. Yu Jianrong
We’ve already decided to change. The question is: In which direction do we change, and from where do we start? Yu Jianrong
When China’s leaders talk about reform, they mean go slowly and change a little bit as you go … you don’t want to change too fast or too thoroughly. Chen Guangcheng
Not every change will work out and your critics will focus mercilessly on those that don’t. Joel I. Klein
If the forces behind [education] reform seem scattered and weak those defending the status quo—the unions, the politicians, the bureaucrats, and the vendors—are well organized and well financed…. I am convinced that without a major realignment of political forces, we won’t get the dramatic improvements our children need. Joel I. Klein
Why should we hesitate to toss the old views overboard. Albert Wegener
The institution of such supervisatory control and surveillance over the now low orders of society as shall compel them to industry, and provide for the helpless, and thus banish those institutions of pauperism and beggary which are fastening upon the vitals of society, and are so prolific of crime and suffering in certain communities. Victoria Woodhull
America's problem is how to free itself from the grip of its exhausted ideas. William Pfaff
The Old Country must wake up if she intends to maintain her old position of pre-eminence in her Colonial trade against foreign competitors. George V
All politicians will have to change to be worthy of our people. Yulia Tymoshenko
Heads of the Church have often been narcissists, flattered and thrilled by their courtiers. The court is the leprosy of the Papacy … This Vatican-centered vision neglects the world around it and I will do everything to change it. Pope Francis
It was imperative to make common cause with the oppressed in order to secure a new system opposed to the ambitions and governing habits of the oppressors. Jose Marti
Everything changes. . . . Social life changes, and with it the "national question" changes, too. At different periods different classes enter the arena, and each class has its own view of the "national question." Consequently, in different periods the "national question" serves different interests and assumes different shades, according to which class raises it, and when. Joseph Stalin
For a new type of progress throughout the world to become a reality, everyone must change. Tolerance is the alpha and omega of a new world order. Mikhail Gorbachev
You cannot do anything without rousing the masses to action. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
Where are the examples of religious orthodoxy being simply abandoned in the face of irresistible evidence? Again and again in science, yesterday's heresies have become today's new orthodoxies. No religion exhibits that pattern in its history. Daniel Dennett
If reforms do not come when people are at peace, of course, they have to come through violent upheavals, so as I looked out I thought: "Thank God, that this nation has had the courage to face the need of changes before we reached the point where bloodshed was the only way to achieve a change. Eleanor Roosevelt
To be enthusiastic about doing much with human nature is a foolish business indeed James Anthony Froude
Life is change, to cease to change is to cease to live; yet if you may shed a tear beside the death-bed of an old friend, let not your heart be silent on the dissolving of a faith. James Anthony Froude
Change is strong, but habit is strong too; and you cannot change the old for new, like a garment. James Anthony Froude
It is difficult to unlearn a gospel. Gerald DeGroot
The New Deal ultimately undermined Jim Crow’s prospects. The very legislation embraced by Southern segregationists created at first mere chinks, then whole openings for social change that were grasped by an incipient, soon powerful, movement for equal rights for Blacks. Ira Katznelson
Inertia is as powerful a force in society and politics as it is on physics, and effecting change can be demanding and discouraging. Foreign Policy Magazine
It is a hard, tough time now in the Middle East, and it is up to people to change things.—not only by changing regimes and political stuff, but also by believing in women. Haiffa Al Mansour
Jacksonianism [populism] is always an important force in American politics; at times of social and economic stress and change … its importance tends to grow. Walter Russell Mead
Most want progress but hardly anybody wants change. Change is almost always a little traumatic. Robert C. Khayat
There comes to mind … the divorce laws, licensing laws, prehistoric (and flagrantly unfair) abortion laws, obsolete penalties for sexual abnormality, the illiterate censorship of books and plays, and the remaining restrictions on the equal rights of women. Most of these are intolerable and should be highly offensive to socialists, in whose blood there should always run a trace of the anarchist and the libertarian, and not too much of the prig and the prude. Anthony Crosland
The workers, whose grievances were once the driving energy for social change, are more satisfied with society than the intellectuals. The workers have not achieved Utopia but their expectations were less than those of the intellectuals, and the gains correspondingly larger. Daniel Bell
The Civil Rights Movement is in transition from protest to politics, and in politics compromise is necessary. Bayard Rustin
The American people are not inclined to change their society in order to free the Negro. They are ready to undertake some, and perhaps major reforms, but not to make a revolution. Stanley Levison
There is always room for understanding towards those who see the old ways crumbling. And today I say simply this: It must come. It is right that it should come. And when it does, you will find that a burden has been lifted from your shoulders too. Lyndon B. Johnson
We live in a scientific revolution. In such an epoch of revolutionary change, those who identity laissez-faire with liberty are enemies, however unwitting, of democracy Harold Wilson
Since the war [WWII], the world has been rushing forward at an unprecedented and exhilarating speed … Yet Britain lags behind, lacking the will or the plan which can bring this future within the reach of us all. Harold Wilson
The fact that the young, perceiving themselves at a turning point in history, do not feel at home in the society and wish to change it, is a sign of portentous changes and of the difficult travails within which a new humanity is born. Aldo Moro
The women’s movement … does not need a political party, it is itself a driving force in political life and perhaps destined not only to transform party politics but to fill politics altogether with a different content. Auguste Fickert
… it is not sufficient to change laws, institutions and customs. It is essential that women acquire ‘a new skin’. This can occur only through a collective effort while women suffer and loathe the oppression of men; it does not follow that her ovaries condemn her to be on her knees for eternity. Simone de Beauvoir
… all the baggage of a paternalistic society will have to be thrown overboard. Germaine Greer
The world will not change overnight, and liberation will not happen unless individual women agree to be outcasts, eccentrics, perverts, and whatever the powers-that-be choose to call them. Germaine Greer
The end goal of the feminist revolution must be, unlike that of the first feminist revolution, not just elimination of male privilege, but of the sex distinction itself: genital differences between human beings would no longer matter culturally. Shulamith Firestone
Economic prosperity is a great engine for change. Donald Sassoon
The emancipation of women will only be possible if the traditional world of men also changes. Helmut Schmidt
The lesson of the past 100 years is that as the United States grows wealthier, Americans become willing to spend more to insure risk and enhance fairness. Advances in social policy come only intermittently but they do come. And when they come, they usually last. Lane Kenworthy
Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation. Susan B. Anthony
Progress does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability. Martin Luther King Jr.
Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform. Mark Twain
We would be in trouble as a society if there wasn't a constant pressure to make reforms and to be just. Jean Chretien
In order to make the changes work, the majority of members of society that has entered into the changes must wake up every morning with a feeling of the great historical moment, with the feeling of something big and extraordinary. Zoran Dindic
Had Luther and Calvin been confined before they had begun to dogmatize, the states would have been spared many troubles. Armand Jean du Plessis; Cardinal
Social stability is ensured, not by the cessation of the demand for change – for the needy and the restless will never cease to cry for it – but by the fact that change in its progress must at last hurt some class of men who are strong enough to arrest it. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
As if governed by Newton's First Law of Motion, an institution will resist any change in its current direction. Warren Buffett
Why does the guerrilla fighter fight? We must come to the inevitable conclusion that the guerrilla fighter is a social reformer, that he takes up arms responding to the angry protest of the people against their oppressors, and that he fights in order to change the social system that keeps all his unarmed brothers in ignominy and misery. Che Guevara
Things standing shall fall, but the moving ever shall stay Basava
The perils of change are so great the promise of the most hopeful theories is so often deceptive, that it is frequently the wiser part to uphold the existing state of things, if it can be done, even though, in point of argument, it should be utterly indefensible. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
There are hugely creative military leaders who have contemplated just the kind of changes that are needed. In Washington, however, strength lies with the opponents rather than the proponents of change. And the opponents possess the ultimate political weapon of mass destruction. They can accuse leaders who want to challenge the status quo of making America weak. So we’re left with all the systems the country has accumulated to counter every post World War II defense challenge: multiple air forces, multiple expeditionary forces; multiple cyber-commands. We can’t afford what we have. We don’t need much of what we have. David Rothkopf
Social reformers who wish to improve capitalism in order to more easily to preserve it oppose … this formidable diffusion of Marx's thought among the masses. Emile Vandervelde
In post-communist countries, some temporary winners of the reform are found to be an important force in resisting further reforms. Yongshun Cai
… the field of action is not the field of intellect, it is the field of character; and change or development of character is always slow work. Elihu Root
Netherlands, Netherlands, you stand on the brink of your own destruction. Your ruin is inevitable unless reforms which must be as swift as they are necessary can avert the fatal blow. Ijsbrand van Hamelsveld
Reforms are national affairs and national affairs have to be dealt with in domestic disputes and not with disputes with other partners in Europe. Christoph Schmidt
Change America—Change the World Thomas Friedman
If the world is to be put together it will not be done by large organizations. It will be done by millions of small organizations…. Participation: That’s what is going to save the human race. Pete Seeger
He [Jacob Riis] had the most flaming intensity of passion for righteousness. Theodore Roosevelt
The most optimistic content themselves with an expression of hope that things may change under the spur of necessity. Joseph Caillaux
When people are standing up for our present rotten system, they are being worse than Communists, it seems to me. Dorothy Day
… the process of social change was not merely a matter of new inventions pressing on old institutions: it was a matter of new classes displacing old. Robert Heilbroner
I've seen anti-Semitism essentially disappear in my adult life as a social and economic factor. There may be some nuts out there, but generally things are fine. I think the same thing will happen with gayness. We'll get to a point soon enough where it's not even an issue anymore. But progress can be slow Barney Frank
The working class must be emancipated by the working class., Woman must be given her true place in society by the working class. Child labor must be abolished by the working class. Society must be reconstructed by the working class. The working class must be employed by the working class ., The fruits of labor must be enjoyed by the working class. War, bloody war, must be ended by the working class. Eugene V. Debs
… ideas are structures built over time, each part added by a new generation. Daniel Hulsebosch
Each generation drives its plow over the bones of the dead. Camille Paglia
You had better — all you people at the South — prepare yourselves for a settlement of this [slavery] question, that must come up for settlement sooner than you are prepared for it. John Brown
We, the people of the United States, and nobody else, must cure whatever is wrong with the industrial situation, typified by this narrative of the Standard Oil Company. Ida Tarbell
It they do not succeed with the Constitution, then they must succeed without it. Wendell Phillips
Perhaps it’ll surprise you but we socialists don’t agree with your rebate agony. The quicker the concentration of wealth is completed the better it suits us…. The point that all you reforming folks seem to miss is that you are locking the stable doors after the horse is gone. The trusts are formed. The big shipper has got the money. Also, with the money he has bought the government. Upton Sinclair
There are a lot of things that need correcting in this country, but there is not the slightest use of feeling over-pessimistic about it.. Finley Peter Dunne
Change is realized by men who take the next step; not those who theorize about the 20th step. Theodore Roosevelt
The Church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little. Mark Twain
It is a very dangerous method of upholding reform to violate the law in so doing, even on the ground of high moral principle, or saving the public. William Howard Taft
The old order changeth, yielding place to new; And God fulfils himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.. Alfred Tennyson
No degree of antiquity can give sanction to a usage bad in itself. James Mansfield
In every developing country, even developed ones, vested interests prevent sectors from being reformed. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
The humblest citizen of all the land, when clad in the armour of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of Error. William Jennings Bryan
Change means movement. Movement means friction. Saul Alinsky
Even oil wealth will not insulate a country from modernity forever. Fareed Zakaria
Had the Sally never sailed, I should have been preserved from an Evil, which has given me the most uneasiness, and has left the greatest impression and stain upon my Conduct in life... Moses Brown
No great advance has ever been made in science, politics or religion, without controversy. Lyman Beecher
The American experience shows that the backlash to new ideas and cultures, now evident in many countries can be overcome. Lee C. Bollinger
It’s important to remember that in Mexico there is no single party that ever has a majority in the House and Senate. For this reason, all political reforms require accord. Luis Videgaray
The Chinese move very slowly. Our customs are so fixed that it takes much time to change them. Cixi
Change takes courage.. Christopher Matthews
The Empress Dowager enjoins her people that only by adopting what is superior about the foreign countries can we rectify what is wanting in China. Cixi
Making these changes is a matter of life and death for our country, and it will give our people a chance to lead a better life. Cixi
The reforms we achieved did not enjoy the support of everybody, but they did receive the support of the majority needed to pass them ... Enrique Pena Nieto
One of the main goals of the reforms is to broaden the rights of Mexicans. We needed a standard criminal code, the same rule of law all over the country. Instead of having different laws in every state, there will be the same law all over the country — at the federal and the local level — for any criminal procedure. Enrique Pena Nieto
The future is in the skies. Kemal Ataturk
All Things Change (Omnium Rerum Vicissitudo) Ancient Roman Proverb
To act with confidence beyond the range of familiar beacons and to overcome society’s resistance requires aptitudes that are present in only a small fraction of the population. Joseph A. Schumpeter
People who are tired of K Street corruption and Wall Street greed are ready for Main Street Values. Mike Huckabee
A deliberative assembly should be formed, and all measures be decided by public opinion. Mutsuhito Meiji
You can’t fix the things that bother you the most by passing a law. John Kasich
Women and girls transform societies. Melinda Gates
Not less than twenty thousand pounds sterling would all my Negroes produce if sold at public auction to-morrow. I am not the man who enslaved them; they are indebted to Englishmen for that favor; nevertheless I am devising means for manumitting many of them, and for cutting off the entail of slavery. Great powers oppose me--the laws and customs of my country, my own and the avarice of my countrymen. What will my children say if I deprive them of so much estate? These are difficulties, but not insuperable. I will do as much as I can in my time, and leave the rest to a better hand Henry Laurens
One must expect and even hope that there will be a future upheavals to shock the seats of power and privilege and furnish the periodic therapy that seems necessary to the health of our democracy. C. Vann Woodward
The old ideas won’t do. Zhao Ziyang
You should be cautious when criticizing the liberalization of economic theory. Zhao Ziyang
Reformers on the left and right alike must give up the fantasy that humans are blank slates who can be overwritten with ideal values, however discomfiting or disappointing the realization may be. Conor Friedersdorf
The swamp doesn’t want to be drained. You have to be careful not to be sucked in. Newt Gingrich
The future belongs to those who change it. Amazon.com
if you wait until a new technology is thoroughly understood before you use it, you will certainly be too late. Anonymous
Identity is what gives you self-confidence, purpose of life and affinity with other people. We are in a situation where it is harder to develop an identity because we are living in a much more dynamic world. Klaus Schwab
Job loss is coming like a tsunami. Klaus Schwab
Viciousness and prejudice flow from economic dislocation, and in turn feed it. Carlos Lozada
Distance is collapsing in our world. People all over the world are having difficulty imagining their future, and their governments just tell them about the virtues of the past. Mohsin Hamid
As Chile gets closer to the income levels of developed countries, the challenge become more complicated, and we can’t grow along the same path. The drivers for growth will be different tomorrow than they were yesterday. Michelle Bachelet
How do we build an intelligent plan for growth over decades while responding to citizen’s immediate demands for less inequality and more opportunity. We must do both. Michelle Bachelet
There’s a carrying capacity in any society for how much change it can incorporate at any one time. James Mattis
Social change comes not only from the courtroom, but from talking to the media. Anat Hoffman
The last time we made a significant change in the American Tax Code, we din't have cell phones. Joe Manchin
If you want to really change something, do not try to fight the existing reality. create a new reality. R. Buckminster Fuller
Reform [of college fraternaties] is not possible because the old-line, historically white social fraternities have been synonymous with risk-taking and defiance from their very inception. They are a brotherhood born in mutiny and forged in the fire of rebellion. These fraternities have drink, danger and debauchery in their blood — right alongside secrecy and self-protection. They cannot reform. To capitulate to the reasonable demands of outsiders would be to fundamentally change their culture, their role on campus, their very reason for existing. Avoiding risk and obeying common sense safety guidelines would undermine their fundamental character, the specific nature of their identity that is most vital to who they are. Becoming kinder, safer places would do such violence to their legacy that it would mean altering their organizations beyond recognition. Lisa Wade
Donalt Trump has drained the swamp right into his Cabinet. Samantha Bee
I do not believe that the Great Society is the ordered, changeless, and sterile battalion of ants. Lyndon B. Johnson
I know that without change there would be no progress, but I am not going to mistake mere change for progress. Dewey Jackson Short
The scalawag of today is the southern liberal who is painted by conservative ideologues as a traitor to the South for daring to say that poor whites and poor blacks possess similar economic interests. Nancy Isenberg
It is the tragic story of the cultural crusader in a mass society that he cannot win, but that we would be lost without him. Paul Lazarsfeld
Imagine that in 1900, you owned 100 acres of land someplace in the Midwest. It's very easy to see where your fence ends, your neighbor's property begins. Now let me ask you, where in the sky does your property end? Does it end at 1,000 feet, 5,000 feet, 10,000 feet? It makes no difference, because other than the novelty of a few hot-air balloons, man couldn't fly. But within three years, he could. Now all of a sudden, it was very much relevant whether your land ends at 1,000 feet in the sky, 5,000 feet, 10,000 feet. And you have to have someone arbitrate that. And indeed, that's exactly what happened. And five or ten years from now, when Amazon wants to deliver a package over your house to your neighbor from that UPS truck, we're going to have to decide: Does you property end at five feet, 10 feet, 50 feet, 100 feet? Where does it end? And there is no ideology that will tell you where your property ends. It's an operating system. Bhu Srinivasan III
Why do today's non-stop shocks -- why don't they spur us into action? Why don't they produce leaps? Especially when it comes to climate change. Naomi Klein
The victories of the New Deal didn't happen just because suddenly everybody understood the brutalities of laissez-faire. This was a time, let's remember, of tremendous ideological ferment, when many different ideas about how to organize societies did battle with one another in the public square. A time when humanity dared to dream big about different kinds of futures, many of them organized along radically egalitarian lines. Now, not all of these ideas were good but this was an era of explosive imagining. This meant that the movements demanding change knew what they were against -- crushing poverty, widening inequality -- but just as important, they knew what they were for. They had their "no" and they had their "yes," too. They also had very different models of political organization than we do today. Naomi Klein
The big policy wins of the New Deal were actually offered as compromises. Because the alternative seemed to be revolution. Naomi Klein
Change is the raw material of history. George P. Shultz
To the scientist, failure to flip-flop in the face of contradictory evidence is irrational and dangerous behavior. And scientists will often flip-flop at almost light speed. Often it takes only a single observation to flip-flop thousands of scientifically learned people. Lewis D. Eigen
Well when events change, I change my mind. What do you do? Paul Samuelson