plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

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French critic, journalist, and novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr



Literally, the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing. An epigram by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr in the January 1849 issue of his journal Les Guêpes (“The Wasps”). Possibly first said by Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754–1838). The plus ... plus construction is hyperbolic.


  • IPA(key): /ply sa ʃɑ̃ʒ | ply s‿ɛ la mɛm ʃoz/



plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

  1. the more things change, the more they stay the same


  • English: plus ça change