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Re: The more things change...

Posted by ESC on April 21, 2001

In Reply to: The more things change, the more they stay the same posted by Cordy on April 19, 2001

: I am pretty sure this was originally French--Rousseau possibly? If not, does anyone know who said it first?

: Thank you,

: Cordy Swope

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME - "Nothing changes too much. The proverb is of French origin and was used by the French novelist Alphonse Karr (1808-90). It also appears in George Bernard Shaw's 'Revolutionist's Handbook' . Listed in the 1946 'Macmillan (Home) Book of Proverbs, Maxims and Familiar Phrases' by Burton Stevenson and in the 1992 'Dictionary of American Proverbs' by Wolfgang Mieder et al." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).