“Change your opinions, keep to your principles. Change your leaves, keep your roots intact.”
This quote comes from Victor Hugo, who’s best known for Les Miserables and Notre Dame de Paris. During his lifetime, Hugo was obstinate when it came to his principles. Some of them were unpopular and ostracizing. But after several years of exile, he still hung on to certain core values. He also never forgot where he came from–his roots.
This quote is a reminder that even though our opinions may change, we can still follow guiding principles of right, wrong, fairness, justice, honesty, kindness, integrity, etc. In other words, you might change your mind and realize you don’t really like broccoli but still believe vegetables are good for you. This quote is also a reminder to remember who you are no matter how things change over time or where life takes you.