We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.
As we move up the ladder of complexity to the changes experienced by individuals and organizations, nature ups the ante considerably. The human breakpoint requires us to change our basic thinking patterns and alter our worldview. Underlying organizational change is the ability of individuals to take the same steps scientists took at the turn of the century and redefine reality.
Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives.
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
The difficult and risky task of meeting and mastering the new — whether it be the settlement of new lands or the initiation of new ways of life — is not undertaken by the vanguard of society but by its rear. It is the misfits, failures, fugitives, outcasts and their like who are among the first to grapple with the new.
Whoever sets himself to see things as they are will find himself one of a very small circle; but it is only by this small circle resolutely doing its own work that adequate ideas will ever get current at all.
If a relationship is to evolve, it must go through a series of endings.
If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic.
If it had not been for the discontent of a few fellows who had not been satisfied with their conditions, you would still be living in caves. Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization. Progress is born of agitation. It is agitation or stagnation.
Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
Life is a continual upgrade.
Anyone who has begun to think places some portion of the world in jeopardy.
Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change.
The forces that drive dramatic changes are often large, opposing ideas that move slowly and press against one another with incredible force, like the tectonic plates responsible for continental drift and earthquakes.
If we want everything to remain as it is, it will be necessary for everything to change.
You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life. This is not an easy struggle. Indeed, it may be the most difficult task in the world, for opening the door to your own life is, in the end, more difficult than opening the doors to the mysteries of the universe.
Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.
Some revolutions occur quietly: no manifestoes, no marching and singing, no tumult in the streets; simply a shift in perspective, a new way of seeing what had always been there.
Grief is the work we do in accommodating any significant change in our lives.
In order to arrive at what you do not know,
you must go by way of ignorance.
In order to possess what you do not possess,
you must go by way of dispossession.
In order to arrive at what you are not,
you must go through the way in which you are not.
Our behavior indicates to the world who we are and what we believe. One way to change our experience of the world is to dramatically change our behavior in it. When we change, our experience of the world will change and with it, our beliefs.
Replicating in one setting what happened in another is literally impossible. What is absolutely crucial in replication is that the assumptions, conceptions, values, and priorities undergirding what you seek to replicate are clear in your head and you take them seriously, you accept and believe them, they are non-negotiable starting points. "How to do it" is one thing. "How to think it" is another.
People wish to be settled. Only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.
If growing up is the process of creating ideas and dreams about what life should be, then maturity is letting go again.
To live in an evolutionary spirit means to engage with full ambition and without any reserve in the structure of the present, and yet to let go and flow into a new structure when the right time has come.
We must keep the tradition and modify it so we stay resilient to change. Too traditional is loss of change; too changing is loss of meaning and memory.
Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in . . . fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood.
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
Each new stage of development has within it the seeds of further change.
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.
Evolution is a structure of organized change which is itself undergoing change and reorganization.
The relinquishing of the lesser is the gaining of the greater. Give up all and you gain all.
Neither constancy nor relentless change supports a creation.
The world is changed by examples, not by opinions.