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The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle.

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) German-born American political philosopher.

An old thing becomes new if you detach it from what usually surrounds it.

Robert Bresson (1901-1999) French film director.

We do not quite say that the new is more valuable because it fits in; but its fitting in is a test of its value -- a test, it is true, which can only be slowly and cautiously applied, for we are none of us infallible judges of conformity.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

The birth of the new constitutes a crisis, and its mastery calls for a crude and simple cast of mind -- the mind of a fighter -- in which the virtues of tribal cohesion and fierceness and infantile credulity and malleability are paramount. Thus every new beginning recapitulates in some degree man's first beginning.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

To the old, the new is usually bad news.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

The new always carries with it the sense of violation, of sacrilege. What is dead is sacred; what is new, that is different, is evil, dangerous, or subversive.

Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author.

Always something new, seldom something good.

German proverb

Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it cost them.

John Updike (1932-?) American writer.