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    The meaning of “leave nothing unchanged”

    Hello, there, Could you kindly explain the meaning of "with nothing unchanged" for me please? I came across the expression in a book by Jonathan Sacks (The Great Partnership: God, Science and the Search for Meaning),and I don't have the book now so I can't quote the sentence by the author, but before asking for your help here, I tried to find the answer on the web but still feel uncertain, here is a sentence I found on the web containing the same phrase: "A strange houseguest in the Swann mansion picks up a thread long lost in the past, and a plot unfolds, that will shatter the lifes of many, and leave nothing unchanged in its wake. " ( Does that mean "with everything changed"? Besides, Does "leave nothing unsaid" means "with everything said"? Thanking for reading my post.

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    Re: The meaning of “leave nothing unchanged”

    Yes, "will leave nothing unchanged" means "everything will be changed".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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