Thursday, January 17, 2008

Quotes o' the Day

I spend a LOT of my time thinking about change, mostly in the context of designing behaviour change programs that promote sustainable actions and choices amongst students and faculty within the university. In the course of this work, I've come upon a number of terrific quotes about the process of change and I thought some of you might be inspired by them, as I have been.

There is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more dangerous to conduct, nor more doubtful of success, than to step up as a leader in the introduction of change. For he who innovates will have for his enemies all those who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm support in those who might be better off under the new.
- Machiavelli

You can analyze the past but you have to design the future.
- Edward de Bono

To be truly radical is to make hope possible, not despair convincing.
- Raymond Williams

If you want to build a ship, don't gather your people and ask them to provide wood, prepare tools, assign tasks...Just call them together and raise in their minds a longing for the endless sea.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times…Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi

If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.
- Chinese Proverb

Women are like tea bags - put them in hot water and they get stronger.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Okay that last one wasn't really about change, but I just like it!

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes it must feel like talking to Homor Simpson...

    Herbert: I want to give you a 20-minute presentation which could change the world!
    Homer: 20 MINUTES?!?!?!