the more things change, the more they stay the same

The more things change, the more they stay the same is an ancient proverb which has slowly become a cliche due to how often it is used in books, movies, and other forms of media as well as in personal conversations. The phrase is making the observation that turbulent changes do not always affect reality on a deeper level than to prove the status quo. In other words, just because something seems to be changing, doesnt mean everything will.