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 A 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).