Thursday, May 14, 2009

Quotations on Change


Joy comes and goes, hope ebbs and flows

Like the wave; Change doth unknit the tranquil strength of


Love lends life a little grace,
A few sad smiles ; and then.
Both are laid in one cold place.

In the grave. a. Matthew Arnold—A Question. St. 1.

Will change the Pebbles of our puddly


To Orient Pearls.

6. Do Bartas—Divine Weekesand Worken, Second Week, Third Day. Pt. 1.

Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure.

c. Robert Browning—Rabbi Ben Ezra.

St. 27.

Weep not that the world changes—did it keep A stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.

d. Bryant—Mutation.

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

e. Byron— The Dream. St. 3.

And one by one in turn, some grand mistake

Casts off its bright skin yearly like the snake.

/. Byron—Don Juan. Canto V. St. 21.

Full from the fount of Joy's delicious springs Some bitter o'er the flowers its bubbling venom

flings. g. Byron—Childe Harold. Canto I. St. 82.

How chang'd since last her speaking eye
Glanc'd gladness round the glitt'ring room,
Where high-born men were proud to wait—
Where Beauty watched to imitate.
A. Bybon—Parisina. St. 10.

I am not now
That which I have been.

i. Byron—Childe Harold. Canto IV.

St. 1S5.

Shrine of the mighty! can it be.
That this is all remains of thee?
/. Byron— The Ginour. L. 106.

To-day is not yesterday: we ourselves 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; anil if Memory have its force and worth, so also has Hope.

k. Carlyle—Essays. Characteristics.

Sancho Panza by name is my own self, if I was

not changed in my cradle. {. Cervantes—Don Quixote. Pt. II.

Ch. XXX.

So many great nobles, things, administrations. So many high chieftains, so many brave- nations,

So many proud princes, and power so splendid. In a moment, a twinkling, all utterly ended. in. Abraham Coles—Trans, of Jacopone (XIII. Century) De Contempt* Mundi," Old Germ in Near Settings." P. 75. _

Still ending, and beginning still. n. Cowper— The Task. Bk. III. L. 627.

Heaven gave him all at once; then snatched


Ere mortals all his beauties could survey; Just like the flower that buds and withers in a

day. o. Dhydkn—On the Death of Amynlai.

"Passing away" is written on the world, and all the world contains. p. Mrs. Hehans—Passing Away.

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,

Old Time is still a flying,
And this same flower that smiles to-day,

To-morrow will be dying.

q. Hekrick—To the Virgins to make much

of Time.

Thus times do shift; each thing his turne does

hold; New things succeed, as former things grow

old. r. Herbick—Ceremonies for Candlemas


Good to the heels the well-worn slipper feels
When the tired player shuffles off the buskin;

A page of Hood may do a fellow good
After a scolding from Carlyle or Raskin.
s. 0. W. Holmes—flow not to Settle It.

Nor can one word be chang'd but for a worse. t. Homer— Odyssey. Bk. 8. L. 192.

Pope's trans.

As the rolling stone gathers no moss, so the roving heart gathers no affections. u. Mrs. Jameson—Studies. Detached

Thoughts. Sternberg's Novell.

He is no wise man that will quit a certainty for an uncertainty. v. Sam'L Johnson—The Idler. No. 57.

The world goes up and the world goes down, And the sunshine follows the rain;

And yesterday's sneer and yesterday's frown Can never come over again. w. Charles Kingslky—Songs. II.




Time fleeth on,
Youth soon is gone,

Naught earthly may abide;
Life seemeth faat,
But may not last—

It runs as runs the tide.

a. Leland— Many in One. Pt. II. St. 21.

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

b. Longfellow—Kframos. L. 32.

But the nearer the dawn the darker the night, And by going wrong all things come right; Things have been mended that were worse, And the worse, the nearer they are to mend.

c. Longfellow—Tales of a Wayside Inn.

The Baron of St. Cattine. L. 265.

'Tis well to be merry and wise,

'Tis well to be honest and true; 'Tis well to be off with the old love

Before you are on with the new.

d. Lines used by Matuhin, as the motto to

" Bertram," produced at Drury Lane, 1816.

Do not think that years leave us and find us the same!

e. Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton)—

Lucile. Pt. II. Canto II. St. 3.

Weary the cloud falleth out of the sky,

Dreary the leaf lieth low.
All things must come U> the earth by and by,
Out of which all things grow.
/. Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton)—

The Wanderer. Earth's Havings.
Bk. III.

In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds
On half the nations, and with lear of change
Perplexes monarchs.
g. Milton—Paradise Lost. Bk. I. L. 597.

To-morrow to fresh woods, and pastures new. h. Milton—Lycidas. L. 193.

Saturninus said, "Comrades, you have lost a good captain to make him an ill general." i. Montaione—Of Vanity. Bk. III.

Ch. IX.

All that's bright must fade,—

The brightest still the fleetest; All that's sweet was made

But to be lost when sweetest.

j. Moore—National Airs. All That's

Bright Must Fade.

AInck, this world Is full of change, change, change—nothing

but change! k. I). M. Mulock—Immutable.

The sublime and ridiculous are often so nearly related that it is difficult to class them separately. One step below the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again.

1. Thomas Paine—Theological Works.

The Age of Reason. Pt. II.

If the nose of Cleopatra had been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have been changed. m. Pascal— Thoughts. Ch. VIII. 29.

My merry, merry, merry roundelay

Concludes with Cupid's curse,
They that do change old love for new,

Pray gods, they change for worse!

n. Geoboe Peele—Cupid's Curse; From the Arraignment of Paris.

Revolutions are not made; they come. ^ o. Wendell Phillips—Speech. Public Opinion, Jan. 28, 1852.

Revolutions never go backward. p. Wendell Phillips—Speech.

Progress, Feb. 17, 1861.

Alas! in truth, the man butchang'd his mind.

Perhaps was sick, in love, or had not dined.

q. Pops—Moral Essays. Ep. I. Pt. II.

Manners with Fortunes, Humours turn with

Climes, Tenets with Books, and Principles with

r. Pope— Moral Essays. Ep. I. Pt. II.

See dying vegetables life sustain,
See life dissolving vegetate again;
All forms that perish other forms supply;
(By turns we catch the vital breath and die.)
*. Pope—Essay on Man. Ep. III. L. 15.

Till Peter's keys some cliristen'd Jove adorn,
And Pan to Moses lends his Pagan horn.
t. Pope— The Dunciad. Bk. 3. L. 109.

As hope and fear alternate chase
Our course through life's uncertain race,
it. Scott— Rokeby. Canto VI. St. 2.

With every change his features play'd,
As aspens show the light and shade.
v. Scorr—Rokcby. Canto III. St. 6.

When change itself can give no more,
'Tis easy to be true.

w. Sir Ciias. Sedley—Reasons for


All things that we ordained festival, Turn from their office to black funeral; Our instruments to melancholy bells, Our wedding cheer to a sad burial feast, Our solemn hymns to sullen dirges change. Our bridal flowers serve for a buried corse, And all things chance them to the contrary.

x. Romeo and Juliet. Act IV. Sc. 5.

L. 84.

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