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No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.

Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.
When it becomes more difficult to suffer than change -- then you will change.
Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.
You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.
The human animal cannot be trusted for anything good except en masse. The combined thought and action of the whole people of any race, creed or nationality, will always point in the right direction.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
Government is that organization which claims the right to command all individuals to do whatever it desires, and to punish disobedience with loss of property, liberty, and ultimately life. It is nothing more. The fact is not changed by its occasional beneficence.
If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.
The world will change for the better when people decide they are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the way the world is, and decide to change themselves.
That's what an army is -- a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their mass, and from their officers.
What makes a regiment of soldiers a more noble object of view than the same mass of mob? Their arms, their dresses, their banners, and the art and artificial symmetry of their position and movements.
No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.
It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
To try and change opinion by law is worse than futile.
Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis -- once that crisis can be recognized and understood.
Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
For men tied fast to the absolute, bled of their differences, drained of their dreams by authoritarian leeches until nothing but pulp is left, become a massive, sick Thing whose sheer weight is used ruthlessly by ambitious men. Here is the real enemy of the people: our own selves dehumanized into the masses. And where is the David who can slay this giant?
A living thing is distinguished from a dead thing by the multiplicity of the changes at any moment taking place in it.
Leave this hypocritical prating about the masses. Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence, and need not to be flattered, but to be schooled. I wish not to concede anything to them, but to tame, drill, divide, and break them up, and draw individuals out of them.
What you keep by you, you may change and mend but words, once spoken, can never be recalled.
I have witnessed the tremendous energy of the masses. On this foundation it is possible to accomplish any task whatsoever.
Because of their courage, their lack of fear, they (creative people) are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible -- he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are.
People who wait for changes to occur on the outside before they commit to making changes on the inside will never make any changes at all.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
If one desires a change, one must be that change before that change can take place.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
If in the opinion of the People, the distribution or modification of the Constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.
Not being known doesn't stop the truth from being true.

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