The translated quote, ‘The more things change, the more they remain the same’ is attributable to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1908 – 1990). Karr’s actual words were: ‘plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose’ (Les Guêpes)
However, I believe that Karr’s words have been quoted by several other luminaries, from George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill.
As to the meaning, well, I suppose it means something similar to ‘nothing new under the sun’, except that it’s more paradoxical. My simple interpretation is that it means that the one thing that we can be sure of, the only thing that is consistent in life, is that nothing is permanent.
My head hurts now, so I’m going to bed! I hope that was of some use.
· 1 decade ago