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Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change.

H. G. WELLS, The Time Machine

Certain things they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone. I know that's impossible, but it's too bad anyway.

J. D. SALINGER, The Catcher in the Rye

It was this that awed him--the weird combination of fixity and change, the terrible moment of immobility stamped with eternity in which, passing life at great speed, both the observer and the observed seem frozen in time. There was one moment of timeless suspension when the land did not move, the train did not move, the slattern in the doorway did not move, he did not move. It was as if God had lifted his baton sharply above the endless orchestration of the seas, and the eternal movement had stopped, suspended in the timeless architecture of the absolute.

THOMAS WOLFE, Look Homeward, Angel

It's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.

What seems venerable by an accumulation of changes, is reduced to familiarity when we come seriously to consider it solely in connection with time.


A fellow is more afraid of the trouble he might have than he ever is of the trouble he’s already got. He’ll cling to trouble he’s used to before he’ll risk a change.


Everything is changing shape, becoming something else.

DON DELILLO, Underworld

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