Change Exercise Using Quotations
This is a great exercise to introduce the topic of change. Change is often perceived as negative or with a negative impact. Therefore, if people do not value it, it will be perceived as a threat. This exercise is to encourage participants to understand their natural feeling about change and recognise that others may have a different perspective. It will also help them to gain awareness of the potential positive value of change and of the fact that change is often a fundamental element of our existence. Many cultures have sayings and proverbs to reflect a view on change. Some core quotes and proverbs are captured in this handout.
Classification Area: CHANGE AND TRANSFORMATION Learning Points
If people do not value change for most of them it will be perceived as a threat There are many different beliefs about change
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Change Exercise Using Quotations
Divide the group into two. Establish a competition between two groups to see which group can generate the most quotes relating to change. Review the two lists in plenary. Taking the quotes generated by the group and the additional ones here ask the group to cluster the quotes using the following criteria (use the following table.
Positive about change
Negative about change
Discuss the following points: 1. Are the quotes regarding change generally positive or negative?
2. What values or beliefs are indicated by some of the quotes?
3. Which quotes would individuals most strongly identify with?
4. What does that indicate about their attitude to change?
‘The wind of change is blowing through the continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact’
Harold MacMillan (1894-1986) British politician and prime minister. Speech, South Africa Parliament, 3 Feb 1960
‘One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past nor in complaining about the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the very essence of life’
Antole France (French novelist, 1844 – 1924)
‘All reform except a moral one will prove unveiling’
Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881)
‘You can’t step into the same river twice’
Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher
‘There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in travelling in a stage – coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position and be bruised in a new place’
Washington Irving (US Writer 1783 – 1859)
‘Change is not made without inconvenience even from worse to better’
Richard Hooker (c. 1554 – 1600) English theologian.
English Dictionary (Johnson), Preface
‘Variety’s very spice of life that gives it all its flavour’
William Cowper (British Poet, 1731 – 1800)
‘We trained hard – but it seems that every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by re-organising, and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress, while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation’
Gaius Petronius (AD 66)
‘At last he rised, and twitched his mantle blue: Tomorrow to fresh woods, and pastures new’
John Milton (English Poet, 1608 – 74)
‘The time has come: there’s a terrific thunder cloud advancing upon us, a mighty storm coming to freshen us up….It’s going to blow away all this idleness and indifference, and prejudice against work… I’m going to work, and in twenty-five or thirty years’ time every man and woman will be working’
Anton Chekhov (Russian dramatist, 1860 – 1904)
‘Through all the changing scenes of life’
Nahum Tale (Irish born English Poet, 1652 – 1715)
‘Most women set out to try to change a man and when they have changed him they do not like him’
Marlene Dietrich (German born film star)
And slowly answer’d Arthur from the barge: ‘The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfils himself in many ways’
Alfred Lord Tennyson (British Poet, 1809 – 1892)
‘Poor old daddy - just one of those sturdy old plants left over from the Edwardian wilderness, isn’t shining any more’
John Osbourne – (British dramatist)
‘Everything flows and nothing stays’
Heraclitus (Greek philosopher)