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We all know that everything changes but most of us, most of the time act and think like nothing or very little will ever change. The idea of change can stir up fear and anxiety but is also a doorway into the realization of the sacredness at the heart of our experience. We all struggle with an intrinsic quality of change, the contradictory attachments to peacefulness and to improvement. We all want things to get better but we’re attached to the peace and calm of things staying the same. And most fail to see the obvious, double-binding contradiction between wanting things to change for the better but not wanting the stress and anxiety inevitably liked with change. Conservative vs. Progressive political stands represent this dichotomy in bureaucratic realms. Discussion on Impermanence exemplify the futility of fighting against the inevitable onrush of evolution in every field of thought and action. Topics like Idiot Compassion, Revolution, and Less is More exemplify pitfalls in the other direction, embracing change to enthusiastically.

In nature's natural effort to keep the human species alive, two contradictory imperatives compete and balance each other: the need to keep things the same and the need to change. During times of stability, when most major survival problems became secure; change and ideas that encouraged change became a threat—"If not broken, don't try to fix it." However, when environmental, social, political, and/or technological circumstances disrupt this status quo, that same survival can depend on an innovative response, a radical change. For most of human history, these change agents—philosophical, religious, political, or human—were not frequently needed and often detrimental. Change agents were denigrated, persecuted, jailed, and often killed. In times of rapid societal disruption though (like our own times), this creative openness and courage to take unproven directions.

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“change is not only possible but inevitable—Being connected means we change one another,,, We can direct that change in positive, productive ways.”

Themes: Change

“Each moment is completely new. To be wise is to accept change. To be enlightened is to love change.”

Vyasa व्यास 1 via Vegard Havre Paulsen
Hindu immortals, Vishnu avatar, 5th incarnation of Brahma
from Mahābhārata महाभारतम्

Themes: Change

“When yang has reached its greatest strength, the dark power of yin is born within its depths; night begins at midday when yang breaks up and begins to change into yin.”

Fu Xi 伏羲 1 via Richard Wilhelm
Emperor/shaman progenitor of civilization symbol
from I Ching

Themes: Change Power

45. Complete Perfection

“The law of yin and yang is the natural order of the universe, the foundation of all things, the mother of all changes, the root of life and death.”

Huangdi 國語 2698 – 2598 BCE
(The Yellow Emperor)
Taoist patron saint, founder of Chinese civilization
from Internal Book of Medicine

Themes: Change

Focused on uncontrived awareness, not seduced by hope and fear, grasping and fixation; they are not swayed by a desire for change.”

Lao Tzu 老子 1 via Shan Dao, chapter #15
(Lǎozǐ)
from Tao Te Ching 道德经 Dàodéjīng

Themes: Hope Change Desire

“One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world.”

Buddha गौतम बुद्ध 563 – 483 BCE
(Siddhartha Shakyamuni Gautama)
Awakened Truth

29. Not Doing

“Everything changes and nothing remains still.”

Heraclitus Ἡράκλειτος 535 – 475 BCE
(of Ephesus, the "Weeping Philosopher")
A Greek Buddha
from On Nature (Fragments)

Themes: Change

21. Following Empty Heart

“Prosperity never stays long in the same place: cities once great are now small and ones great now were small.”

Herodotus Ἡρόδοτος 1 via Aubrey de Selincourt, Shan Dao
“The Father of History”
from Histories

Themes: Change History

“There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.”

Euripides 480 – 406 BCE
Ancient humanitarian influence continuing today

Themes: Change Paradox

46. Enough

“The wise take Heaven as their ancestor, virtue as their home, and the Tao as their door and escape change.”

Chuang Tzu 莊周 369 – 286 BCE
(Zhuangzi)

Themes: Virtue Change

47. Effortless Success

“Reality is ever elusive and formless, all life is constant change.”

Chuang Tzu 莊周 369 – 286 BCE via Lin Yutang
(Zhuangzi)

from Zhuangzi

Themes: Change Reality

“No single thing abides; but all things flow.”

Lucretius 99 – 55 BCE
(Titus Carus)
from De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things)

Themes: Change

“They change their sky, not their soul, who rush across the sea.”

Horace 65 – 8 BCE

Themes: Travel Change

47. Effortless Success
80. A Golden Age

“If you completely understand the nature of mind, you can say it changes, and you can say it doesn’t change.”

Hui Hai 大珠慧海 788 – 831 CE
from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Themes: Change

“If you do not see a man for three days, do not think he is the same man.”

Yunmen Wenyan 雲門文偃 862 – 949 CE
(Ummon Daishi, Yúnmén Wényǎn)
The most eloquent Chan master

Themes: Change No Trace

“Change your attitude and relax as it is.”

Atisha ཨ་ཏི་ཤ་མར་མེ་མཛད་དཔལ་ཡེ་ཤེས་ 980 – 1054 CE via Chögyam Trungpa
(Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Śrījñāna)
from Seven Points of Mind Training, Lojong བློ་སྦྱོངས་དོན་བདུན་མ;

Themes: Change

57. Wu Wei
43. No Effort, No Trace

“This spiritual state by which foreknowledge is attained can hardly be sought through changes.”

Shen Kuo 沈括 1031 – 1095 CE
(Mengxi)
from Dream Pool Essays 梦溪笔谈

Themes: Change

“Clear out obsessive thinking and distraction, see the vast radiance without barriers, the genuine awakened field, and immediately respond to the ten thousand changes”

Hóngzhì Zhēngjué 宏智正覺 1091 – 1157 CE via Dan Leighton and Shan Dao
(Shōgaku)
from Cultivating the Emplty Field

“If rulers could uphold this Tao of effortlessness, without consciously thinking about changing others, others would change by themselves”

Wu Cheng 吴澄 1249 – 1333 CE via Red Pine
"Mr. Grass Hut"
from Tao-te-chen-ching-chu

Themes: Leadership Change

“Every body continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a right line, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it.”

Isaac Newton 1642 – 1726 CE

Themes: Change

“All bodies are in perpetual flux like rivers, and parts are passing in and out of them continually”

Leibniz 1646 – 1716 CE
(Gottfried Wilhelm (von) Leibniz)

“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in changing others.”

Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790 CE
from Poor Richard's Almanack

29. Not Doing

“I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.”

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg 1742 – 1799 CE
One of history’s best aphorists

Themes: Change

“Incessant change, everlasting innovation seem to be dictated by the true interests of mankind. But government is the perpetual enemy of change.”

William Godwin 1756 – 1836 CE
Provocative and influential social, political, and literary critic
from Enquiry Concerning Political Justice

Themes: Change

“The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water and breeds reptiles of the mid.”

William Blake 1757 – 1827 CE
from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 1790-1793

Themes: Opinion Change

“Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?… we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine; But seas between us broad have roared since auld lang syne.”

Robert Burns 1759 – 1796 CE

Themes: Friendship Change

“Our existence has no foundation on which to rest except the transient present. Thus its form is essentially unceasing motion, without any possibility of that repose which we continually strive after... existence is typified by unrest.”

Arthur Schopenhauer 1788 – 1860 CE via R. J. Hollingdale
from Essays and Aphorisms

Themes: Change

“We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon...
Man's yesterday may ne'er be like his morrow;
Naught may endure but Mutability.”

Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792 – 1822 CE
from Mutability

Themes: Change Moon

“Today is not yesterday: we change. How can our works and thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed is painful; yet ever needful”

Thomas Carlyle 1795 – 1881 CE via Shan Dao
"Great Man” theory of history creator

Themes: Change

“We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.”

George Sand 1804 – 1876 CE
(Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin)

Themes: Change

16. Returning to the Root, Meditation

“Things do not change; we change.”

Henry David Thoreau 1817 – 1862 CE via Odell Shepard
Father of environmentalism and America's first yogi
from Journal, 1850

Themes: Change

“ideas that revolutionize society keep an even pace with external conditions as they change and become obsolete”

Karl Marx 1818 – 1883 CE via Shan Dao

48. Unlearning

“religion can only change when the emotions which fill it are changed, and the religion of personal fear remains nearly at the level of the savage.”

George Eliot 1819 – 1880 CE
(Mary Anne Evans)
Pioneering literary outsider

from Middlemarch

Themes: Change Fear

“People become uneasy, the face of society changes, old beliefs are destroyed before new ones can be created… these are the symptoms and precursors of revolution that have preceded all the world’s great changes.”

Henry Thomas Buckle 1821 – 1862 CE
from History of Civilization

“Everything passes, only truth remains.”

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky Фёдор Миха́йлович Достое́вский 1821 – 1881 CE
from Brothers Karamatzov

Themes: Truth Change

“Let's trace the birth of an idea. It's born as rampant radicalism, then it becomes progressivism, then liberalism, then it becomes moderated conservative, outmoded, and gone.”

Powell Clayton 1833 – 1914 CE

Themes: Change

“Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.”

Mark Twain 1835 – 1910 CE
(Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
America’s most famous author

Themes: Change

75. Greed

“There is an everlasting struggle in every mind between the tendency to keep unchanged, and the tendency to renovate... Our education is a ceaseless compromise between the conservative and the progressive”

William James 1842 – 1910 CE
"Father of American psychology”
from Principles of Psychology, 1890

“I have convinced myself (for the moment) that we had better leave these great changes to what we call great blind forces: their blindness being so much more perspicacious than the little, peering, partial eyesight of men.”

Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 – 1894 CE

Themes: Change

57. Wu Wei

“Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world… as in being able to remake ourselves.”

Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948 CE

“Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them.”

Marcel Proust 1871 – 1922 CE
Apostle of Ordinary Mind
from In Search of Lost Time

Themes: Change Delusion

“Change is one thing, progress is another. Change is scientific, progress is ethical; change is indubitable, progress is a matter of controversy.”

Bertrand Russell 1872 – 1970 CE
“20th century Voltaire”
from Unpopular Essays

“What subsequent philosophy, down to quite modern times, accepted from Parmenides, was not the impossibility of all change, which was too violent a paradox, but the indestructibility of substance.”

Bertrand Russell 1872 – 1970 CE
“20th century Voltaire”
from History of Western Philosophy

Themes: Change

“Many of the new ideas can be expressed in non-mathematical language, but they are none the less difficult... What is demanded is a change in our imaginative picture of the world”

Bertrand Russell 1872 – 1970 CE
“20th century Voltaire”

Themes: Change

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

Winston Churchill 1874 – 1965 CE

Themes: Change

75. Greed

“Has the world ever been changed by anything save the thought and its magic vehicle the Word?”

Thomas Mann 1875 – 1955 CE
Deep, psychologically insightful author
from Freud and the Future (1937)​

Themes: Magic Change Change

“Has the world ever been changed by anything save the thought and its magic vehicle the Word?”

Thomas Mann 1875 – 1955 CE
Deep, psychologically insightful author
from Freud and the Future (1937)​

Themes: Magic Change Change

“The opposition of religion to folklore is often a kind of rivalry set up as between a new dispensation and an older tradition, the gods of the older cult becoming the evil spirits of the newer”

Ananda Coomaraswamy குமாரசுவாமி 1877 – 1947 CE
Perennial philosophy's Citizen of the World

Themes: Religion Change

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”

Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955 CE

Themes: Change

76. The Soft and Flexible

“When the tenant wanted the rent reduced, you said it couldn’t be done… You should change, change from the bottom of your hearts! If you don’t change, you may all be eaten by each other.”

Lǔ Xùn 鲁迅 1881 – 1936 CE via Marxist Internet Archive
(Zhou Shuren; Lusin)
Insightful satirist representing the "Literature of Revolt"

from A Madman's Diary

“Man's soul seems to have grown bigger; it cannot fit any longer within the old molds. A pitiless civil war has broken out between the old, formerly omnipotent myth and the new myth which is battling to govern our souls.”

Nikos Kazantzakis 1883 – 1957 CE via P. A. Bien, Shan Dao
from Report to Greco

“Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.”

Nikos Kazantzakis 1883 – 1957 CE
from Report to Greco

Themes: Reality Change

73. Heaven’s Net

“You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.”

Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 – 1962 CE

Themes: Change

81. Journey Without Goal

“Following the suggestion of Plato, we may expect to find pagan and puritan periods follow in mutual reaction... Every age reacts against its predecessor... we should expect our present moral laxity to be followed by some return to moral restraint”

Will Durant 1885 – 1981 CE
Philosophy apostle and popularizer of history's lessons
from Fallen Leaves

Themes: Change

“If life becomes hard to bear, we think of a change in our circumstances. But the most important and effective change—a change in our own attitude—hardly even occurs to us”

Ludwig Wittgenstein 1889 – 1951 CE
One of the world's most famous philosophers

Themes: Change Projection

“The religion of Buddha has the capacity to change according to times, a quality which no other religion can claim to have…”

B.R. Ambedkar 1891 – 1956 CE
(Babasaheb)

Themes: Change Buddhism

12. This Over That

“We don't want to change. Every change is a menace to stability.”

Aldous Huxley 1894 – 1963 CE
from Brave New World

Themes: Change

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”

Aldous Huxley 1894 – 1963 CE

Themes: Change

29. Not Doing

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

Buckminster Fuller 1895 – 1983 CE

Themes: Change Creativity

81. Journey Without Goal

“In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete.”

Buckminster Fuller 1895 – 1983 CE

29. Not Doing

“We always want to alter the outer hoping thereby to change the inner…I think we miss this basic thing, which is; the world is me and I am the world.”

Krishnamurti 1895 – 1986 CE
(Jiddu Krishnamurti)
from Awakening of Intelligence

25. The Mother of All Things

“The conservative who resists change is as valuable as the radical who proposes it.”

Ariel Durant 1898 – 1981 CE
(Chaya Kaufman)

“We want to hold on to life as it is is now; we want to eternalize our present state, our small ego, our limited individuality. Therefor we resist change instead of understanding the the necessity of growth, which is the very function of life.”

Anagarika​ (Lama) Govinda 1898 – 1985 CE
(Ernst Hoffmann)
Pioneer of Tibetan Buddhism to the West

from Inner Structure of the I Ching

“Nothing is built on stone; All is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.”

Jorge Luis Borges 1899 – 1986 CE
Literary Explorer of Labyrinthian Dreams, Mirrors, and Mythologies

“You can't go back home to your family, back home to your childhood, back home to romantic love, back home to a young man's dreams of glory and of fame… back home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time”

Thomas Wolfe 1900 – 1938 CE
(Thomas Clayton Wolfe)
Father of autobiographical fiction

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead 1901 – 1978 CE

Themes: Leadership Change

“The world is going to change so fast that people and governments will not be prepared to be stewards of this change.”

Margaret Mead 1901 – 1978 CE

Themes: Change

“If a man achieves or suffers change in premises which are deeply embedded in his mind, he will surely find that the results of that change will ramify throughout his whole universe.”

Gregory Bateson 1904 – 1980 CE
from Steps to an Ecology of the Mind

“You can keep an old tradition going only by renewing it in terms of current circumstances… When the world changes, the religion has to be transformed.”

Joseph Campbell 1904 – 1987 CE
Great translator of ancient myth into modern symbols
from Power of Myth

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Viktor Frankl 1905 – 1997 CE
Brave and insightful concentration camp survivor

from Man's Search for Meaning

Themes: Change

“Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, 'We've always done it this way.' That's why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.”

Grace Hopper 1906 – 1992 CE
(Grace Brewster Murray Hopper )

Themes: Change

“When a new technology strikes a society, the most natural reaction is to clutch at the immediately preceding period for familiar and comforting images.”

Marshall McLuhan 1911 – 1980 CE via Jerome Agel
from War and Peace in the Global Village

Themes: Change

“The key to changing everything lies in philosophy... If one thing changes, everything changes. Unless all things change, nothing changes... In order to change the farming practices of a single farmer, the entire social fabric must first change.”

Masanobu Fukuoka 福岡 正信 1913 – 2008 CE
from Road Back to Nature

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

Alan Watts 1915 – 1973 CE

“An irresistible cycle seems to operate, repeating patterns of the ancient world where civil strife and war brought disaster... rooted in the very nature of civilization—itself a product and expression of rapid technological and social change.”

William Hardy McNeill 1917 – 2016 CE
Historian
from Keeping Together in Time, 1995

“It's that foolishness of wanting things to always stay the same, to stay good, that keeps our lives from being joyful.”

Charlotte Joko Beck 1917 – 2011 CE
Authentic, pioneering Western Zen master

from Ordinary Wonder

Themes: Change

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

John Kennedy 1917 – 1963 CE
Modern America's most popular president

from Public Papers

Themes: Change

“You're as young as the last time you changed your mind.”

Timothy Leary 1920 – 1996 CE
Pioneering psychonaut, performing philosopher, and counter-cultural hero

Themes: Change Old Age

“In life, change is inevitable. In business, change is vital.”

Warren Bennis 1925 – 2014 CE
Authentic Leadership pioneering thought leader

Themes: Change Business

“No one can change more completely than the man who has been at the bottom.”

Malcolm X الحاجّ مالك الشباز‎‎ 1925 – 1965 CE

Themes: Humility Change

“Our heads are round so thought can change direction.”

Allen Ginsberg 1926 – 1997 CE

Themes: Change Reason

12. This Over That

“When we are capable of loving ourselves, we are already protecting and nourishing society. When we are able to smile, when we are peaceful, at that moment there is a change in the world already.”

Thích Nhất Hạnh tʰǐk ɲɜ̌t hɐ̂ʔɲ 1926 CE –

Themes: Change

“I'm not an object to be changed, I'm a person to be accepted”

R. D. Laing 1927 – 1989 CE

Themes: Change Letting Go

“The pencil is mightier than the pen.”

Robert M. Pirsig 1928 – 2017 CE
from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.”

Dolores Huerta 1930 CE –

“It is always very difficult and painful to move from an old familiar place to a new unfamiliar place. It is very difficult to change... Habits follow wherever we go and changing our habits remains the greatest difficulty.”

Thinley Norbu གདུང་སྲས་ཕྲིན་ལས་ནོར་བུ 1931 – 2011 CE
(Kyabjé Dungse)
from Magic Dance (1981)

“Man is not a 'fixed and limited animal whose nature is absolutely constant'. He changed drastically when he developed 'divided consciousness' to cope with complexities of civilization, and has been changing steadily ever since.”

Colin Wilson 1931 – 2013 CE

Themes: Change

“Change is itself the very basis of our continuity as persons. Only that which can change can continue.”

James P. Carse 1932 – 2020 CE
Thought-proving, influential, deep thinker
from Finite and Infinite Games

Themes: Continuity Change

“How can we ‘plan ahead’ when the the speed of change makes it almost completely impossible to have any clear idea about what the future will look like? The only reliable strategy may consist in developing mindful awareness, the ability to think for ourselves, and ripen innate wisdom.”

Shan Dao 山道 1933 CE –

Themes: Change Strategy

“In MacKay’s classic, The Madness of Crowds he points out that historically people more easily believe extreme views (tulip mania, the Crusades, the witch trials) when the society is experiencing abrupt and frequent change. Extreme views tend to be more clear and simple than the truth which is more messy, paradoxical, and multi-layered. So when populations struggle to deal with too much change, latching on to a foolish but strong and clear message becomes much more tempting.”

Shan Dao 山道 1933 CE –

Themes: Change Delusion

“Most of us don't realize the difference we could make… point fingers at others. ‘Surely,’ we say, ‘the pollution, waste, and other ills are not our fault. They are the fault of the industry, business, science. They are the fault of the politicians,’ This leads to a destructive and potentially deadly apathy.”

Jane Goodall 1934 CE –

“True change is within; leave the outside as it is.”

Dalai Lama XIV Tenzin Gyatso 1935 CE –

67. Three Treasures

“Change the story and you change perception; change perception and you change the world.”

Jean Houston 1937 CE –

Themes: Change

“A book is like a river (and Into the same river no man can step twice) because the intellectual context, like the reader, changes steadily… We have changed and the broad intellectual climate has changed.”

Mary Catherine Bateson 1939 CE –

“I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.”

John Lennon 1940 – 1980 CE

Themes: Change

2. The Wordless Teachings

“My whole artistic life has always been about change, change, change, move on, move on. It's the only thing I find interesting.”

Paul Simon 1941 CE –
Prolific planter of musical, cultural wisdom seeds

Themes: Change Creativity

“The first will be last and the last will be first; the times they are a changin’.”

Bob Dylan 1941 CE –

36. The Small, Dark Light
7. Lose Yourself, Gain Your Soul

“All things flow; the sun is new every day; it is in change that we find rest.”

Stephen Mitchell 1943 CE –
from Second Book of Tao

Themes: Change

“real social change comes from the ageless process of people thinking together in conversation”

Meg Wheatley 1944 CE –
Bringing ancient wisdom into the modern world.

Themes: Change

“I didn’t change, I just found myself.”

Bob Marley 1945 – 1981 CE

“But tomorrow I’ll be a different person, never again the person I was. Not that anyone will notice... on the outside nothing will be different.”

Haruki Murakami 1949 CE – via Philip Gabriel
from Sputnik Sweetheart

Themes: True Self Change

“‘All you have to do is wait,’ I explained. ‘Sit tight and wait for the right moment, not try to change anything by force, just watch the drift of things… If you do that, you just naturally know what to do. But everyone’s always too busy. They’re too talented, their schedules are too full, they’re too interested in themselves…”

Haruki Murakami 1949 CE –

Themes: Change

34. An Unmoored Boat

“Pessimists are usually right and optimists are usually wrong but all the great changes have been accomplished by optimists.”

Thomas L. Friedman 1953 CE –

“Things which do not grow and change are dead things.”

Louise Erdrich 1954 CE –

Themes: Change

“The pursuit of erotic pleasure has been a powerful force for social equality and cultural transformation [and]—perhaps surprisingly— the place to begin exploring this neglected virtue of sexual hedonism is... in the apparently prim and proper Victorian era... We love to depict the Victorians as prudish moralists who would blanche at the mention of sexual pleasure... but it is far from the truth.”

Roman Krznaric 1
Practical, popular, modern philosopher

from Carpe Diem Regained (2017)

Themes: Culture Change

“Because leaders fail to envision the future as the world rapidly changes around them, in the '60's, the average life of a company was 60 years; now it's only 20 years.”

Simon Sinek 1973 CE – via Shan Dao
from Infinite Game

Themes: Change Carpe diem

“People are usually afraid of change because they fear the unknown. But the single greatest constant of history is that everything changes.”

Yuval Harari יובל נח הררי‎ 1976 CE –
Israeli historian, professor, and philosopher

from Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow

Themes: Change

“small changes nobody notices accumulate over time and become big changes... That's how you grow up, that's how a small land animal became a huge whale, and that's how hunting a few mammoths every year caused the mammoths to die out.”

Yuval Harari יובל נח הררי‎ 1976 CE –
Israeli historian, professor, and philosopher

from Unstoppable Us (2022)

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai ملالہ یوسفزئی 1997 CE –
from I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

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