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Quotes about change

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Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Dr. Seuss

You cannot change what you are, only what you do. Philip Pullman

If you want to truly understand something, try to change it. Kurt Lewin

A scholar who loves comfort is not fit to be called a scholar. Confucius

All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. Ellen Glasgow

If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong. Charles Kettering

Do not waste time on things you cannot change or influence. Robert Greene

The need for certainty is the greatest disease the mind faces. Robert Greene

The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists. Japanese proverb

Quotes about change
Quotes about change

Every beginning is a consequence — every beginning ends some thing. Paul Valery

Change may be alarming, but it is also refreshing – even exhilarating. Robert Greene

If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less. General Eric Shinseki

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are. Bertold Brecht

We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves. Lynn Hall

The past is the present, and the present the future, to the non-progressive mind. James Lendall Basford

In nature every moment is new; the past is always swallowed and forgotten… Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble. Henry Miller


What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want. Mignon McLaughlin

You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be. Marianne Williamson

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large – I contain multitudes. Walt Whitman

Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change. Thomas Hardy

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. William Blake

The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down. Jawaharlal Nehru

Stubbornness does have its helpful features. You always know what you are going to be thinking tomorrow. Glen Beaman

Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history. Joan Wallach Scott

You have to know who you are to grow your potential. But you have to grow in order to know who you are. John C. Maxwell

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. Anais Nin

Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away. Frida Kahlo

Amateurs see change coming and become scared. Geniuses seek change and arrive at flow the closer they get to truth. Maxime Lagacé

People around you, constantly under the pull of their emotions, change their ideas by the day or by the hour, depending on their mood. You must never assume that what people say or do in a particular moment is a statement of their permanent desires. Robert Greene

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I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better. Georg C. Lichtenberg

All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride. Sophocles

Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour. Arthur Schopenhauer

Learn wisdom from the ways of a seedling. A seedling which is never hardened off through stressful situations will never become a strong productive plant. Stephen Sigmund

Every ultimate fact is only the first of a new series… The new statement is always hated by the old, and, to those dwelling in the old, comes like an abyss of skepticism. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Personal transformation is not a group affair. It’s a single player game. Groups are where everything significant becomes confounded and gets lost amid promiscuous non seriousness. Only the individual can sustain the purity, focus and prolonged intensity needed for radical change. The Ancient Sage

Understanding is the foundation of lasting change. Change that comes from discipline is not organic. It is repression. It doesn’t get rid of the underlying issue. Change that comes from understanding is effortless. When you understand the harm of a habit it drops spontaneously. The Ancient Sage

Thinking is by far the most underrated activity. People consider it “unproductive” to sit on a bench and think. So they spend their lives doing things they never thought through. An hour of clear thinking, can yield a conclusion that changes your life. Johnny Uzan


Growth itself contains the germ of happiness. Pearl S. Buck

We become what we habitually contemplate. George Russell

Stop being who you were and become who you are. Paulo Coelho

I see my life as an unfolding set of opportunities to awaken. Ram Dass

It’s the most unhappy people who most fear change. Mignon McLaughlin

Destiny is not a matter of chance; but a matter of choice. William Jennings

Accept who you are but be willing the change for the better. Maxime Lagacé

Change is never a matter of ability, it’s always a matter of motivation. Tony Robbins

Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same. Ralph Waldo Emerson

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. Mike Murdoch

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change. Buddha

To change one’s life; Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions. William James

Life is changing all the time and if we fail to change with it we get left behind. Brian Colbert

Everything you now do is something you have chosen to do. Some people don’t want to believe that. But if you’re over age twenty-one, your life is what you’re making of it. To change your life, you need to change your priorities. John C. Maxwell

The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it. Steve Jobs

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Do not be afraid of change or chaos. Embrace it by being as fluid as possible. Robert Greene

If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think. Oprah Winfrey

Few can accept happiness if it means change. We want the life we have now, only happier. Robert Brault

You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret… is to press play. Jay Asher

Your days are numbered. Will you pass them half awake and halfhearted or will you live with a sense of urgency? Robert Greene

Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it. Chuck Palahniuk

What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds. Wayne Dyer

I have come to accept life as a process, and am satisfied that in my ever-going process, I am constantly discovering, expanding, finding the cause of my ignorance, in martial art and especially in life. In short, to be real… Bruce Lee

The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind. Friedrich Nietzsche

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. Anatole France

If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing. Saint Augustine


Life is very tough. If you don’t laugh, it’s tough. Joan Rivers

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. Plutarch

If we want to change the world, we change ourselves. Jack Ma

You don’t have to hold yourself hostage to who you used to be. Oprah Winfrey

If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one. Dolly Parton

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. Napoleon Hill

What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. Tony Robbins

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being. Henri-Frederic Amiel

Be the change you want to see happen rather than trying to change anyone else. Arleen Lorrance

I am made and remade continually. Different people draw different words from me. Virginia Woolf

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Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. Rumi

What you must do now is to adapt fast. The world belongs to those who can change fast. Maxime Lagacé

It is the hard days, the times that challenge you to your very core, that determine who you are. Sheryl Sandberg

Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. Golda Meir

There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. Aldous Huxley

We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change. Sheryl Sandberg

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It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between that we fear. Marilyn Ferguson

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in. Isaac Asimov

You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Neil Gaiman

The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. Charles Dubois

It’s humbling to start fresh. It takes a lot of courage…. You just have to put your ego on a shelf and tell it to be quiet. Jennifer Ritchie Payette

I have accepted fear as part of life – specifically the fear of change… I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says “turn back…” Erica Jong

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I will not carry a thing to its culmination simply because I entered in. I may have said I wanted it, but I will have the courage to say, “I have changed my mind.” Muriel Strode

If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. Mahatma Gandhi

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. Alan Cohen


You change the world by being yourself. Yoko Ono

So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts! Dr. Seuss

People do not change, they are merely revealed. Anne Enright

No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed. Billie Jean King

Each of us can make a difference, and all of us ought to try. Barack Obama

You really can change the world if you care enough. Marian Wright Edelman

You cannot change anyone, but you can be the reason someone changes. Roy T. Bennett

Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them. Marcel Proust

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. Gloria Steinem

Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher, can change the world. Malala Yousafzai

If you want a peaceful world, be peaceful yourself. If you want a generous world, be generous yourself. All macro changes start by micro changes. Maxime Lagacé

Never ever depend on governments or institutions to solve any major problems. All social change comes from the passion of individuals. Margaret Mead

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. Martin Luther King Jr

quotes about change in life

The world is moving so fast these days that the one who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it. Harry Emerson Fosdick

If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it You just do it one step at a time. Marian Wright Edelman

To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world – that I am able to change it in positive ways. Maxine Hong Kingston

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it. Karl Marx

As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others. Audrey Hepburn

There are just some kind of men who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one. Harper Lee

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. Joel A. Barker

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself. Aldous Huxley

When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them. Andy Warhol


Change, like healing, takes time. Veronica Roth

To say goodbye is to die a little. Raymond Chandler

If you love deeply, you’re going to get hurt badly. But it’s still worth it. C.S. Lewis

Love evolves. It starts like a wild fire and finishes like embers. Maxime Lagacé

Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. Stephen Chbosky

We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. Tom Robbins

Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess. Lemony Snicket

A person needs at intervals to separate from family and companions and go to new places. One must go without familiars in order to be open to influences, to change. Katharine Butler Hathaway

A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love. Pearl S. Buck

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin

Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others – it only changes yours. Shannon L. Alder

Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change. Shannon L. Alder

You never have a friend all figured out. Just when you think you know what makes them tick, they tock. Robert Brault

Even if you cannot change all the people around you, you can change the people you choose to be around. Roy T. Bennett


If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. Erica Jong

Growth is the only evidence of life. John Henry Newman Click to tweet

Will you look back on life and say, “I wish I had,” or “I’m glad I did”? Zig Ziglar

Your big opportunity may be right where you are standing right now. Napoleon Hill

We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it. Rick Warren

Rather than wishing for change, you first must be prepared to change. Catherine Pulsifer

Change is as inexorable as time, yet nothing meets with more resistance. Benjamin Disraeli

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be. Kahlil Gibran

The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress. Charles Kettering

Just for the record darling, not all positive change feels positive in the beginning. S.C. Lourie

Fix your eyes forward on what you can do, not back on what you cannot change. Tom Clancy

Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes. Roy T. Bennett

Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster. Elon Musk

If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too. Dr. Seuss

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius

If change is forced upon you, you must resist the temptation to overreact or feel sorry for yourself. Robert Greene

quotes about changing in life and moving on

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. M. Scott Peck

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. Terry Pratchett

It must happen to us all… We pack up what we’ve learned so far and leave the familiar behind. No fun, that shearing separation, but somewhere within, we must dimly know that saying goodbye to safety brings the only security we’ll ever know. Richard Bach

Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change. Gretchen Rubin

We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life. James Freeman Clarke

Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them. Henry Steele Commager

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. Mortimer Adler

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. Eleanor Roosevelt

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. Harold Wilson

Quotes about change

Can you take criticism and use it constructively? Robert Greene

To succeed in this world, you have to change all the time. Sam Walton

Make the first step and you’ll be closer than you were. Richard Branson

Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final. Roger W. Babson

The most successful people are those who are good at plan B. James Yorke

My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better. Steve Jobs

Be ruthless on yourself; do not repeat the same tired methods. Robert Greene

Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once. Robert Greene

Entrepreneurship is about creating change, not just companies. Mark Zuckerberg

Step with care and great tact, and remember that life’s a great balancing act. Dr. Seuss

What I am demanding of other people is what I am demanding of myself. Margaret Mead

Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming. Richard Branson

If you’re not doing some things that are crazy, then you’re doing the wrong things. Larry Page

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight. Jim Rohn

Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. Francis Bacon

quotes about changing the world

You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures. Charles C. Noble

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. Francis Bacon

See yourself as a cheetah: your speed is important but changing direction fast even more. Maxime Lagacé

The inability of those in power to still the voices of their own consciences is the great force leading to change. Kenneth Kaunda

In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. Eric Hoffer

One area in which human nature will never change: People will congregate around a single strong personality like planets orbiting a sun. Robert Greene

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain

No two men ever judged alike of the same thing, and it is impossible to find two opinions exactly similar, not only in different men but in the same men at different times. Michel Montaigne

Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality. Socrates

New insights fail to get put into practice because they conflict with deeply held internal images of how the world works … images that limit us to familiar ways of thinking and acting. That is why the discipline of managing mental models — surfacing, testing, and improving our internal pictures of how the world works — promises to be a major breakthrough for learning organizations. Peter Senge

quotes about change and growth

Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer. Shunryu Suzuki

Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict. Saul Alinsky

It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform. Roy T. Bennett

The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. G. K. Chesterton

If you don’t look back at yourself and think, “Wow, how stupid I was a year ago,” then you must not have learned much in the last year. Ray Dalio

We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. Carl Gustav Jung

Change is slow and gradual. It requires hard work, a bit of luck, a fair amount of self-sacrifice, and a lot of patience. Robert Greene

The best way to protect yourself is to be as fluid and formless as water; never bet on stability or lasting order. Everything changes. Robert Greene

quotes about change in life

On the precipice of any great change, we can see with terrifying clarity the familiar firm footing we stand to lose, but we fill the abyss of the unfamiliar before us with dread at the potential loss rather than jubilation over the potential gain of gladnesses and gratifications we fail to envision because we haven’t yet experienced them. Maria Popova

If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth. Mitsugi Saotome



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