Change Quotes

1. “True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”― Leo Tolstoy

2. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”― Rumi (see more Rumi quotes)

3. “One day spent with someone you love can change everything.”― Mitch Albom, For One More Day

4. The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. ― Albert Einstein

5. Your success in life isn’t based on your ability to simply change. It is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers, and business.― Mark Sanborn

6. “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

7. “Let him who would move the world first move himself.”― Socrates (see other inspirational Socrates quotes)

8. “But you’re so busy changing the world. Just one smile can change all of mine”― Jack Johnson

9. “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, Thirteen Reasons Why

10. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.― Margaret Mead

11. Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.― Arnold Bennett

12. “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

13. “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

14. “No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don’t.”― Stephen King, The Stand

15. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.― Maya Angelou

16. “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”― William Jennings Bryan

17. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”― Brené Brown

18. “Sure, everything is ending,” Jules said, “but not yet.”― Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

19. “Nothing is as painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

20. Be the change that you wish to see in the world.― Mahatma Gandhi

21. Change is inevitable. Change is constant.― Benjamin Disraeli

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

23. Just Because…..“Fashion changes, but style endures.”― Coco Chanel

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

25. I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.― Mother Teresa

26. “Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works?”― Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

27. “Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. ”― William S. Burroughs

28. “If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.”― Katharine Hepburn

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

30. Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.― John Kenneth Galbraith

31. When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.― Benjamin Franklin

32. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”― Barack Obama

33. “I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”― Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point

34. “Things changed, people changed, and the world went rolling along right outside the window.”― Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

35. The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. – Nathaniel Branden

36. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”― Wayne W. Dyer

37. “The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.”― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

38. “Change not only was inevitable, but usually brought its own rewards.”― Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song

39. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”― Margaret Mead

40. 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

41. The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.― Bill Clinton

42. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”― Barack Obama

43. “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”― Madonna

44. “I realized how truly hard it was, really, to see someone you love change right before your eyes. Not only is it scary, it throws your balance off as well.”― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

45. Change your thoughts and you change your world. –Norman Vincent Peale

46. “Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”― Eckhart Tolle

47. “Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others– it only changes yours.”― Shannon L. Alder, 300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It’s Too Late

48. “To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.” ― William James

49. “Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars (see more The Fault in Our Stars quotes)

50. People can cry much easier than they can change.― James Baldwin

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

52. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”― Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

53. “You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”― Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

54. “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

55. People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.― Peter Senge

56. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”― Mother Teresa

57. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”― Milton Berle

58. “Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.”― Helen Exley

59. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”― Leo Tolstoy

60. Change before you have to.― Jack Welch

61. If you don’t like change, you will like irrelevance even less.― General Eric Shinseki

62. “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large — I contain multitudes.”― Walt Whitman

63. “Growing up happens when you start having things you look back on and wish you could change ― Clary Fray”― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

64. “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”― Alan W. Watts

65. You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.― R. Buckminster Fuller

66. “We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.”― Katharine Hepburn, Me: Stories of My Life

67. “Don’t confuse poor decision-making with destiny. Own your mistakes. It’s ok; we all make them. Learn from them so they can empower you!”― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

68. “A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.”― Helen Keller

69. “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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

71. Change means that what was before wasn’t perfect. People want things to be better. -Esther Dyson

72. “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

73. “Change, like healing, takes time.”― Veronica Roth, Allegiant

74. “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”― Martin Luther

75. Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better. -Sydney J. Harris

76. “And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”― Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

77. “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, Andy Warhol in His Own Words

78. “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”― Steve Jobs

79. “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”― Rob Siltanen

80. 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

81. Resistance at all costs is the most senseless act there is.― Friedrich Durrenmatt

82. “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

83. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”― R. Buckminster Fuller

84. “We are the change we have been waiting for.”― Barack Obama

85. It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.― W. Edwards Deming

86. “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”― George Bernard Shaw

87. “I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.”― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

88. “Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”― Maya Angelou

89. And just for fun… “Change is inevitable–except a vending machine.”― Robert C. Gallagher

90. When people shake their heads because we are living in a restless age, ask them how they would like to life in a stationary one, and do without change.― George Bernard Shaw

91. If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.― Gail Sheehy

92. “The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.”― Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss

93. “Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not.”― Stephen King, The Green Mile

94. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”― Winston S. Churchill

95. There is nothing wrong with change if it is in the right direction.― Winston Churchill

96. “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”― Malala Yousafzai

97. “Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.”― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

98. “We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.”― Walter Mosley, Blue Light

99. To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.― Winston Churchill

100. Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.―George Bernard Shaw

101. “There are times when the world is rearranging itself, and at times like that, the right words can change the world.” ― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

102. “You really can change the world if you care enough.” ― Marian Wright Edelman

103. “If you don’t change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?” ― William Somerset Maugham

104. “It is hard to believe that something that seems so permanent was once so different. Change. I guess that really is one thing you can count on…” ― Ellen Hopkins, Impulse

105. “You can’t start the change unless dare to be different.” ― Toba Beta

106. “…things happen when you least expect them. Things that can change your whole life.” ― Lesley Kagen

107. “Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.” ― Tony Robbins

108. “Change is like that: you are no longer where you were; you are not yet where you will get; you are nowhere exactly.” ― Lionel Shriver

109. “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” ― Mandy Hale

110. “It’s brainless to assume that making changes to your window’s view will give a new perspective” ― Death Cab for Cutie

111. “There is no greater force for change than people inspired to live a better life.” ― Steve Maraboli

112. “Change happens very slow and very sudden.” ― Dorothy Bryant

113. “If we can’t alter the tide of events, at least we can be nearby with towels to mop up.” ― Peter David, Q-In-Law

114. “You must be willing to give up what you are, to become what you want to be.” ― Orrin Woodward

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

116. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” ― Michael Michalko

117. “Sometimes, being true to yourself means changing your mind. Self changes, and you follow.” ― Vera Nazarian

118. “It is not until you change your identity to match your life blueprint that you will understand why everything in the past never worked.” ― Shannon L. Alder

119. “To shift your life in a desired direction, you must powerfully shift your subconscious.” ― Kevin Michel

120. “If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.” ― Kurt Lewin

121. “Sometimes, things need to change, because there just isn’t any way for them to stay the same.” ― Jay Crownover, Jet

122. “Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.” – Roger W. Babson

123. “The most successful people are those who are good at plan B.” – James Yorke

124. “Entrepreneurship is about creating change, not just companies.” – Mark Zuckerberg (see more quotes by Mark Zuckerberg)

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

126. “Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity – not a threat.” – Steve Jobs

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

128. “Rather than wishing for change, you first must be prepared to change.” – Catherine Pulsifer

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

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

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

132. “Growth is the only evidence of life.” – John Henry Newman

133. “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

134. “You change the world by being yourself.” – Yoko Ono

135. “Let your smile change the world but never let the world change your smile.” – Unknown

136. “You can’t change what’s going on around you until you start changing what’s going on within you.” – Unknown

137. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

138. “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” —Henri Bergson

139. “The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” —Kakuzō Okakura

140. “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.” – Unknown

141. “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” —Jim Rohn

142. “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” – Charles Darwin

143. “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 into another.” —Anatole France

144. “The only way that we can change is if we learn.” – C. JoyBell C.

145. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” —Victor Frankl

146. “Don’t just change, transform.” – Roy T. Bennett

147. “Love change, fear staying the same.” – Maxime Lagacé

148. “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward

149. “People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

150. “Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.” – Dalai Lama

151. “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow

152. “They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” – Confucius

153. “If I am an advocate for anything, it is to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river.” – Anthony Bourdain

154. “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

155. “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” – Chinese proverb

156. “Change your thinking, change your life.” – Ernest Holmes

157. “Play to your strengths. If you aren’t great at something, do more of what you’re great at.” – Jason Lemkin

158. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”― William James

159. “There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus

160. “Change is the end result of all true learning.”― Leo Buscaglia

161. “Just take any step, whether small or large. And then another and repeat day after day. It may take months, maybe years, but the path to success will become clear” – Aaron Ross

162. “Changing is what people do when they have no options left.”― Holly Black

163. “Things don’t have to change the world to be important” – Steve Jobs

164. “The changes we dread most may contain our salvation.”― Barbara Kingsolver

165. “Nothing endures but change.”― Heraclitus

166. “Words are where most change begins.” ― Brandon Sanderson

167. “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” — Confucius

168. “Change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ― Roy T. Bennett

169. “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” ― Anatole France

170. “No matter what people will tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” — Robin Williams

171. “What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” ― Abraham Maslow

172. “Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and best at the end.” ― Robin Sharma

173. “Change almost never fails because it’s too early. It almost always fails because it’s too late.” ― Seth Godin

174. “Either way, change will come. It could be bloody, or it could be beautiful. It depends on us.” ― Arundhati Roy

175. “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” — Oprah Winfrey

176. “The more things change, the more they are the same.” – Alphonse Karr

177. “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor E. Frankl

178. “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu

179. “Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.” – Keri Russell

180. “I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day. And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that.” – Gillian Anderson

181. “Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

182. “Just because everything is different doesn’t mean anything has changed.” – Irene Peter

183. “In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first.” – Jimi Hendrix

184. “Change is not only likely, it’s inevitable.” – Barbara Sher

185. “Change is such hard work.” – Billy Crystal

186. “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” – John C. Maxwell

187. “If you know what you want to achieve in life, then you are more inspired to change for the better.” – Phillip Vang

188. “Change may not always bring growth, but there is no growth without change.” – Roy T. Bennett

189. “All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” – Ellen Glasgow

190. “We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.” – Harrison Ford

191. “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you do not belong.” – N. R. Narayana Murthy

192. “We shall never change our political leaders until we change the people who elect them.” – Mark Skousen

193. “One encounter with Jesus Christ is enough to change you, instantly, forever.” – Luis Palau

194. “Change is not an event, it’s a process.” – Cheryl James

195. “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” – Hermann Hesse

196. “It is better to find your courage to make changes when you can choose to rather than being forced to. If you do not make change, change will make you.” ― Roy T. Bennett

197. “Your life begins to change the day you take responsibility for it.” ― Steve Maraboli

198. “Recognizing that you are not where you want to be is a starting point to begin changing your life.” ― Deborah Day

199. “People can change anything they want to, and that means everything in the world.” ― Joe Strummer

200. “Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.” ― Victor Hugo

201. “Life is about moving, it’s about change. And when things stop doing that they’re dead.” ― Twyla Tharp

202. “If you intend to change, decide what you want and live your life accordingly.” ― Steve Maraboli

203. “Small changes can make huge destination differences.” ― Sean Covey

204. “Change is not a four letter word…but often your reaction to it is!” ― Jeffrey Gitomer

205. “You yourself have to change first, or nothing will change for you!” ― Hideaki Sorachi

206. “Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.” – Walt Disney

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

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