Change Quotes

Change Quotes: Below are some of the best selected change quotes for your inspiration and motivation. If you like these change quotes please consider sharing them with your friends.


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
Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable. Denis Waitley
The way of the creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the great harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres. I Ching
The need for change bulldozed road down the center of my mind. Maya Angelou
If we want everything to remain as it is, it will be necessary for everything to change. Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
It is not well to make great changes in old age. Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it. Harry Emerson Fosdick
Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions. John F. Kennedy
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay. Simone De Beauvoir
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw
What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. Abraham H. Maslow
The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. Nathaniel Branden
Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock. James Baldwin
Peak performers see the ability to manage change as a necessity in fulfilling their missions. Charles A. Garfield
In this world of change naught which comes stays and naught which goes is lost. Anne Sophie Swetchine
For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity. Joyce Cary
Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change. Jesse Jackson
Change can either challenge or threaten us. Your beliefs pave your way to success or block you. Marsha Sinetar
Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes -- goodwill among men and peace on earth. Albert Einstein
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The only people who like change are wet babies. Anonymous
Of the events of life we may have some control. but over the law of its progress none. John W. Draper
America is the civilization of people engaged in transforming themselves. In the past, the stars of the performance were the pioneer and the immigrant. Today, it is youth and the Black. Harold Rosenberg
For organizations and employees alike, the only real security is the ability to grow, change and adapt. Kearney
Strong character is brought out by change, weak ones by permanence. Jean Paul
There are two kinds of fools: One says, ''This is old therefore it is good.'' The other one says, ''This is new therefore it is better.'' Dean William R. Inge
Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal. Arthur Schopenhauer
Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better. Richard Hooker
The world will change for the better when people decide they are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the way the world is, and decide to change themselves. Sidney Madwed
All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein
Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit. Norman Mailer
They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom. Confucius
Things don't change, but by and by our wishes change. Marcel Proust
Chords that were broken will vibrate once more. Fanny Crosby
That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain. Francis Bacon
Constant change is here to stay. Anonymous
To change and change for the better are two different things. German Proverb
All things must change to something new, to something strange. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone. Oscar Wilde
We need to change so we can remain the same. Dorothy Serrity
Just because everything's different doesn't mean anything's changed. Irene Porter
Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them. Marcus Aurelius
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. Peter F. Drucker
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature. Edmund Burke
Life is measured by the rapidity of change, the succession of influences that modify the being. George Eliot
If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree. Jim Rohn
A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will. Spanish Proverb
It's hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty. George Burns
Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. Adlai E. Stevenson
That's the risk you take if you change: that people you've been involved with won't like the new you. But other people who do will come along. Lisa Alther
The true past departs not, no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die; but all is still here, and, recognized or not, lives and works through endless change. Thomas Carlyle
Change is certain. Peace is followed by disturbances; departure of evil men by their return. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim. I Ching
The customs and fashions of men change like leaves on the bough, some of which go and others come. Dante (Alighieri)
The only practice that's now constant is the practice of constantly accommodating to change. William Mcgovern
Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor. Brian Tracy
Sometimes the answer to prayer is not that it changes life, but that it changes you. James Dillet Freeman
Everything flows and nothing abides, everything gives way and nothing stays fixed. Heraclitus
In human life there is constant change of fortune; and it is unreasonable to expect an exemption from the common fate. Life itself decays, and all things are daily changing. Plutarch
A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation. Edmund Burke
Change is inevitable. Change is constant. Benjamin Disraeli
The fish only knows that it lives in the water, after it is already on the river bank. Without our awareness of another world out there, it would never occur to us to change. Anonymous
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another! Gail Sheehy
Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change. Confucius
There is such a thing as a general revolution which changes the taste of men as it changes the fortunes of the world. Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be the first. Pearl Bailey
Man's yesterday may never be like his morrow; nought may endure but mutability. Percy Bysshe Shelley
We cannot become what we need to be, remaining what we are. Max Depree
Never swap horses crossing a stream. American Proverb
You do not notice changes in what is always before you. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Many deceive themselves, imagining they'll find happiness in change. Thomas p Kempis
Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does. Mary S. Almanac
There is nothing exempt from the peril of mutation; the earth, heavens, and whole world is thereunto subject. Sir Walter Raleigh
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin
Force never moves in a straight line, but always in a curve vast as the universe, and therefore eventually returns whence it issued forth, but upon a higher arc, for the universe has progressed since it started. Kabbalah
Progress is a nice word, but change is its motivator and change has enemies. Robert F. Kennedy
All movements go too far. Bertrand Russell
The lapse of ages changes all things -- time, language, the earth, the bounds of the sea, the stars of the sky, and every thing ''about, around, and underneath'' man, except man himself. Lord Byron
We are restless because of incessant change, but we would be frightened if change were stopped. Lyman L. Bryson
There is nothing permanent except change. Heraclitus
It's the most unhappy people who most fear change. Mignon McLaughlin
You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change. Les Brown
I do not believe you can do today's job with yesterday's methods and be in business tomorrow. Nelson Jackson
Man has a limited biological capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock. Alvin Toffler
We don't change what we are, we change what we think what we are. Eric Butterworth
Change yourself, change your fortunes. Portuguese Proverb
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. Alan W. Watts
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. Harold Wilson
Where ever fear exists, courage can be found. Robert M. Hensel
Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent. Nolan Ryan
It is the greatest mistake to think that man is always one and the same. A man is never the same for long. He is continually changing. He seldom remains the same even for half an hour. George Gurdjieff
When it becomes more difficult to suffer than change -- then you will change. Anonymous
No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal. Marilyn Ferguson
It is change; all yields its place and goes. Euripides
The longer you stay in one place, the greater your chances of disillusionment. Art Spander
Some folks won't look up until they are flat on their backs. Anonymous
To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are. Eric Hoffer
Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant. Anthony J. D'Angelo
If one desires a change, one must be that change before that change can take place. Gita Bellin
Fear of change perplexes monarchs. John Milton
Familiarity may breed contempt in some areas of human behavior, but in the field of social ideas it is the touchstone of acceptability. J. William Galbraith
There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in traveling in a stagecoach, that ;it is often a comfort to shift one's position, and be bruised in a new place. Washington Irving
Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. Octavio Paz
The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life. Count Leo Tolstoy
Music can't change the world. Bob Geldof
Thus all things are doomed to change for the worse and retrograde. Virgil
We live in an era when rapid change breeds fear, and fear too often congeals us into a rigidity which we mistake for stability. Lynn White
Don't fear change -- embrace it. Anthony J. D'Angelo
The problem is not whether business will survive in competition with business, but whether any business will survive at all in the ;face of social change. Laurence J. Mcginley
Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind. Bruce Lee
Illness strikes men when they are exposed to change. Herodotus
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing. Lady Nancy Astor
Change is not only likely, it's inevitable. Barbara Sher
The atom, being for all practical purposes the stable unit of the physical plane, is a constantly changing vortex of reactions. Kabbalah
Take a good hard look in the mirror, and remember yourself as you are today, cause as time changes, so does the scenery. Robert M. Hensel
For changes to be of any true value, they've got to be lasting and consistent. Anthony Robbins
A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller. Paul Klee
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. Carol Burnett
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. John F. Kennedy
When things come to the worse, they generally mend. Susanna Moodie
There is no new thing under the sun. [Ecclesiastes 1:9] Bible
Grow we must, if we outgrow all that loves us. Oliver Wendell Holmes
You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on. Heraclitus
Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely. Karen Kaiser Clark
A woman's mind is cleaner than a man s: She changes it more often. Oliver Herford
Give wind and tide a chance to change. Richard E. Byrd
I've always believed that it's important to show a new look periodically. Predictability can lead to failure. T. Boone Pickens
Any change or reform you make is going to have consequence you don't like. Mo Udall
Change is inevitable-except from a vending machine. Robert C. Gallagher
The things that have come into being change continually. The man with a good memory remembers nothing because he forgets nothing. Augusto Roa Bastos
There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go. Tennessee Williams
Weep not that the world changes -- did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep. William C. Bryant
Change starts when someone sees the next step. William Drayton
A living thing is distinguished from a dead thing by the multiplicity of the changes at any moment taking place in it. Herbert Spencer
With me a change of trouble is as good as a vacation. David Lloyd George
Changes start occurring when budgets are cut. Anonymous
Change hurts. It makes people insecure, confused, and angry. People want things to be the same as they've always been, because that makes life easier. But, if you're a leader, you can't let your people hang on to the past. Richard Marcinko
True life is lived when tiny changes occur. Count Leo Tolstoy
It's only the view from where you sit that makes you feel defeat. Life is full of many aisles, so why don't you change your seat? Anonymous
You have the power to change. Les Brown
It is a psychological fact that you can influence your environment and thoughts. If you do so consciously and with high purpose, you can change your habits and attitudes for the better. Anonymous
It struck me while I was sitting here; everything changes but the sea. William B. Davis
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin
Some people change their ways when they see the light, others when they feel the heat. Caroline Schoeder
If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians. Warren Buffett
They are the weakest-minded and the hardest-hearted men that most love change. John Ruskin
One person's constant is another person's variable. Susan Gerhart
Have courage enough to accept what you can not change, but yet courageous enough to stand up and fight for what you can. Robert M. Hensel
One of the prevailing sources of misery and crime is in the generally accepted assumption, that because things have been wrong a long time, it is impossible they will ever be right. John Ruskin
Things do not change, we do. Henry David Thoreau
Anything in history or nature that can be described as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe. Susan Sontag
One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others. Niccolo Machiavelli
When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change. Lucius C. Falkland
Early civilizations complained about still earlier ones, much as we do about both. Anonymous
Life is made of millions of moments, but we live only one of these moments at a time. As we begin to change this moment, we begin to change our lives. Trinidad Hunt
You will suddenly realize that the reason you never changed before was because you didn't want to. Robert H. Schuller
Change alone is unchanging. Heraclitus
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. Mike Murdock
When you're through changing, you're through. Bruce Barton
Let that which stood in front go behind, let that which was behind advance to the front, let bigots, fools, unclean persons, offer new propositions, let the old propositions be postponed. Walt Whitman
We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn. Peter F. Drucker
Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. Lord Alfred Tennyson
Be not the first by which a new thing is tried, or the last to lay the old aside. Alexander Pope
The wind of change is blowing through the continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact. Harold Macmillan
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. Winston Churchill
Change tends to be viewed as a threat to our control. Anonymous
Perfection is immutable. But for things imperfect, change is the way to perfect them. Owen Felltham
To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often. John Henry Newman
The most serious charge that can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February. Joseph Wood Krutch
Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there. Elizabeth C. Dunn
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. Henri L. Bergson
People can't live with change if there's not a changeless core inside them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value. Stephen R. Covey
Everything changes but change. Israel Zangwill
Any change, even for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. Arnold Bennett
By nature man hates change; seldom will he quit his old home till it has actually fallen around his ears. Thomas Carlyle
Human beings, by change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr
Adapt or perish, now as ever, is Nature's inexorable imperative. H.G. Wells
The most useless are those who never change through the years. Sir James M. Barrie
The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress. Charles F. Kettering
Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale
The moment of change is the only poem. Adrienne Rich
Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune. Socrates
What I possess I would gladly retain. Change amuses the mind, yet scarcely profits. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
People can cry much easier than they can change. James Baldwin
You can't expect to meet the challenges of today with yesterday's tools and expect to be in business tomorrow. Anonymous
The industrial landscape is already littered with remains of once successful companies that could not adapt their strategic vision to altered conditions of competition. Ralph D. Abernathy
Being willing to change allows you to move from a point of view to a viewing point -- a higher, more expansive place, from which you can see both sides. Thomas Crum
The more things change, the more they remain the same. Alphonse Karr
In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change. Thich Nhat Hanh
Nothing is lasting but change; nothing perpetual but death. Ludwig Borne
You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler. Denis Waitley
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 S. Commager
The great person is ahead of their time, the smart make something out of it, and the blockhead, sets themselves against it. Jean Baudrillard
Slumber not in the tents of your fathers. The world is advancing. Giuseppe Mazzini
I realized the problem was me and nobody could change me except myself. John Petworth
People wish to be settled. It is only as far as they are unsettled that there is any hope for them. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The primary and most beautiful of Nature's qualities is motion, which agitates her at all times, but this motion is simply a perpetual consequence of crimes, she conserves it by means of crimes only. Marquis De Sade
Never change a winning game; always change a losing one. Bill Tilden
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them -- that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. Lao-Tzu
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others. Jacob M. Braude
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Count Leo Tolstoy
As the blessings of health and fortune have a beginning, so they must also find an end. Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay. Sallust
If things change then they will be different, but if they don't then things will stay the same. Peter Gilcrest
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor. Robert Frost
Things have never been more like the way they are today in history. Dwight D. Eisenhower
In order to change, we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired. Anonymous
If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America. Eldridge Cleaver
Only man is not content to leave things as they are but must always be changing them, and when he has done so, is seldom satisfied with the result. Elspeth Huxley
People don't change. Only their costumes do. Gene Moorse
A stop sign is a gift for you to learn that moving in the same direction won't take you any place new. Rex Steven Sikes
The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different. Peter F. Drucker
Being ready isn't enough; you have to be prepared for a promotion or any other significant change. Pat Riley
I tried to change the world, but I was outnumbered. Anonymous
Everything changes, nothing remains without change. Buddha
Change yourself and your work will seem different. Norman Vincent Peale
We emphasize that we believe in change because we were born of it, we have lived by it, we prospered and grew great by it. So the ;status quo has never been our god, and we ask no one else to bow down before it. Carl Rowan
When you're finished changing, you're finished. Benjamin Franklin
Don't change horses while crossing a stream. American Proverb
Winners must learn to relish change with the same enthusiasm and energy that we have resisted it in the past. Thomas J. Peters
Most of us will do anything to become good except change our way of living. Anonymous
Be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. George Bernard Shaw
We are shifting from a managerial society to an entrepreneurial society. John Naisbitt
All change is not growth; all movement is not forward. Ellen Glasgow
Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk. William A. Ward
Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow. Woody Guthrie
Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress. Charles Dickens
Change is not reform, any more than noise is music. Anonymous
Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke. Will Rogers
People who wait for changes to occur on the outside before they commit to making changes on the inside will never make any changes at all. Anonymous
Times change, and we change with them. William Harrison
The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I se it, is service to a fellow human being. Lech Walesa
Life may change, but it may fly not; Hope may vanish, but can die not; Truth be veiled, but still it burneth; Love repulsed, -- but it returneth. Percy Bysshe Shelley
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean
The search for static security -- in the law and elsewhere -- is misguided. The fact is security can only be achieved through constant change, adapting old ideas that have outlived their usefulness to current facts. William O. Douglas
When you make a career change there has to be some kind of connection. I remember a Beverly Hills attorney who wanted to become a potato farmer in Oregon. Well, there's a guy who's born to lose. Lew Richfield
Nobody told me how hard and lonely change is. Joan Gilbertson
Man must be prepared for every event of life, for there is nothing that is durable. Menander of Athens
So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being. Henri Frederic Amiel
Two basic rules of life: 1. Change is Inevitable 2. Everyone Resists Change. Remember this: When you are through changing... you're through. Anonymous
Change happens in the boiler room of our emotions... so find out how to light their fires. Jeff Dewar
If you want to make enemies, try to change something. Woodrow T. Wilson
What we remember can always be changed, what we forget we are always. Richard Shelton
In pain is a new time born. Adelbert Von Chamisso
People do no change with the times, they change the times. P.K. Shaw
Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life. Herbert A. Otto
Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Change is difficult but often essential to survival. Les Brown
The world goes up and the world goes down, the sunshine follows the rain; and yesterday's sneer and yesterday's frown can never come over again. Charles Kingsley
Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes and I am left the same. The more things change the more I am the same. I am what I started with, and when it is all over I will be all that is left of me. Hugh Prather

If you like these Change Quotes please consider sharing them with your friends.


Share Change Quotes