There is nothing exempt from the peril of mutation; the earth, heavens, and whole world is thereunto subject.
— Sir Walter Raleigh

Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time.
Bertrand Russell mutations quote

The function of literature, through all its mutations, has been to make us aware of the particularity of selves, and the high authority of the self in its quarrel with its society and its culture. Literature is in that sense subversive.
— Lionel Trilling

We know that there are perhaps 40,000 unique mutations affecting more than 10,000 genes and that there are 500 of these genes that are bonafide drivers - causes - of cancer. Yet comparatively we have about a dozen targeted medications.
— Jay Bradner

For the first time in history we can track the evolution of a pandemic in real time. Influenza viruses are notorious for their rapid mutation and unpredictable behaviour.
— mutations quotation by Margaret Chan