Change Quotes

Most popular change quotes

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.

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God does not play dice with the universe.


Any year that passes in which you don't destroy one of your best loved ideas is a wasted year.

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People who appear to be resisting change may simply be the victim of bad habits. Habit, like gravity, never takes a day off.


Change is not progress.
We are tomorrow's past.

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All birth is unwilling.
Nothing endures but change.
A single moment can change all.
We must change in order to survive.
You must change in order to survive.
Ignorance is always afraid of change.
We would rather be ruined than changed.
You can't change the music of your soul.

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Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Change is constant in a progressive country.
People change and forget to tell each other.
Consistency is the quality of a stagnant mind.
Our only security is in our ability to change.
Change starts when someone sees the next step.


Change your thoughts and you change your world.

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Good weather never lasts forever on this earth.
Love is more afraid of change than destruction.
Change means movement.  Movement means friction.
The tragedy of life is that people do not change.

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Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
Change is not merely necessary to life. It is life.
Failure is not fatal but failure to change might be.


Seeing the change does not equal creating the change.


It is never too late—in fiction or in life—to revise.

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It is best not to swap horses while crossing the river.
Before you'll change, something important must be at risk.


Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?
— The Bible: Jeremiah13:23


Change is the process by which the future invades our lives.
The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.
Adapt or perish, now as ever, is Nature's inexorable imperative.


The human tendency prefers familiar horrors to unknown delights.
If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.
Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one.
They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

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There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
Why not upset the apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway.


Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.


Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.


There is danger in reckless change, but greater danger in blind conservatism.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

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The years forever fashion new dreams when old ones go. God pity a one-dream man!


They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.


Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.


As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn, so change of studies a dull brain.


A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.

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Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.


We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?
Human life, its growth, its hopes, fears, loves, et cetera, are the result of accidents.
If one is going to change things, one has to make a fuss and catch the eye of the world.
There is no sin punished more implacably by nature than the sin of resistance to change.
He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality.

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He that leaveth nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things.
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything... or nothing.


If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don't wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.
— African proverb

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The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.


It behooves us to adapt oneself to the times if one wants to enjoy continued good fortune.
Favorable surprises are easy to handle. It's the unfavorable surprises that cause the trouble.


People in distress will sometimes prefer a problem that is familiar to a solution that is not.

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The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.


Don't surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn't true anymore.

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Not everything you face in life can be changed, but you can change nothing until you have faced it.


Weep not that the world changes–did it keep
A stable, changeless state, 'twere cause indeed to weep.
Weep not that the world changes—did it keep
A stable, changeless state, 'twere cause indeed to weep.

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All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.
Each new season grows from the leftovers from the past.  That is the essence of change, and change is the basic law.
In wisdom we acknowledge that everything changes. What is born will die. What dies nourishes life in its many forms.
If I were to give off-the-cuff advice to anyone trying to institute change, I would say, "How clear is the metaphor?"


For a conscious being, to exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.


If things were really as we wanted them to be, people would still complain that they were no longer what they used to be.


A man marries a woman hoping she'll never change—and she does.  A woman marries a man hoping he will change—and he doesn't.

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Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one's own unnecessary vegetation.
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.
Funny thing about change, it's like pulling off a bandage.  Hurts like hell when you do it, but you always feel better after.
If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change. If you leave a white post alone it will soon be a black post.
If we don't change, we don't grow.  If we don't grow, we are not really living.  Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.


It is the nature of a man as he grows older, a small bridge in time, to protest against change, particularly change for the better.


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.
Each generation criticizes the unconscious assumptions made by its parents. It may assent to them, but it brings them out in the open.
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.
Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time.


None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting to change all the tenor of our lives.
We can't be creative if we refuse to be confused.  Change always starts with confusion; cherished interpretations must dissolve to make way for what's new.

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In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
Ignorance is always afraid of change.  It fears the unknown and sticks to its rut, however miserable it may be there.  In its blindness it stumbles on anyhow.


Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.
It is only in romances that people undergo a sudden metamorphosis.  In real life, even after the most terrible experiences, the main character remains exactly the same.
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!

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Wise and prudent men — intelligent conservatives — have long known that in a changing world worthy institutions can be conserved only by adjusting them to the changing time.
People are capable of profound metamorphosis, though unfortunately they rarely avail themselves of this genius, force of habit being an even greater enemy of change than cowardice.
Life, in part, is like a poker game, wherein you have to learn to quit sometimes when holding a much-loved hand—you must learn to handle mistakes and new facts that change the odds.

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The oldest habit in the world for resisting change is to complain that unless the remedy to the disease can be universally applied it should not be applied at all. But you must begin somewhere.
The sad thing is that, even though we know our lives aren't working in certain areas, we are still afraid to change. We are locked into our comfort zone, no matter how self-destructive it may be.


The oldest habit in the world for resisting change is to complain that unless the remedy to the disease should be universally applied it should not be applied at all. But you must start somewhere.
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.
We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. You must force yourself to consider arguments on the other side.

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To change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes internally one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one's mind and psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use.
Sometimes change came all at once, with a sound like a fire taking hold of dry wood and paper, with a roar that rose around you so you couldn't hear yourself think. And then, when the roar died down, even when the fires were damped, everything was different.
Change can be exhilarating, refreshing—a chance to meet challenges, a chance to clean house. It means excitement when it is considered normal, when people expect it routinely, like a daily visit from the mail carrier—known—bringing a set of new messages—unknown.
Today even our clocks are not made of clockwork — so why should our world be? With the advent of quantum mechanics, the clockwork world has become a cosmic lottery. Fundamental events, such as the decay of a radioactive atom, are held to be determined by chance, not law.
We are like the Apostles in the Gospel: often we would prefer to hold on to our own security... We are afraid of God's surprises! He always surprises us! The Lord is like that. Dear brothers and sisters, let us not be closed to the newness that God wants to bring into our lives!
Ben Graham had a lot to learn as an investor. His ideas of how to value companies were all shaped by how the Great Crash and the Depression almost destroyed him. It left him with an aftermath of fear for the rest of his life, and all his methods were designed to keep that at bay.


It has long since become a familiar observation that generals regularly spend their time
preparing to fight the war. Managers often do the same. Whether from the force of
habit or from the appeal of comfortable modes of thought and action, they often fail to
see how the problems that beset them are unlike those with which they have become

business management

Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. Obviously, then, one's character and frame of mind determine how readily he brings about change and how he reacts to change that is imposed on him.
Above all, I see the preaching ministry as a dual process. On the one hand I must attempt to change the soul of individuals so that their societies may be changed. On the other I must attempt to change the societies so that the individual soul will have a change. Therefore, I must be concerned about unemployment, slums, and economic insecurity. I am a profound advocate of the social gospel.

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[The loss of old companies is] inevitably what happens. That's why I think death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete. I think that's one of Apple's challenges, really. When two young people walk in with the next thing, are we going to embrace it and say this is fantastic? Are we going to be willing to drop our models, or are we going to explain it away? I think we'll do better, because we're completely aware of it and we make it a priority.

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When we look deeply at the nature of things, we see that in fact everything is impermanent. Nothing exists as a permanent entity; everything changes. It is said that we cannot step into the same river twice. If we look for a single, permanent entity in a river, we will not find it. The same is true of our physical body. There is no such thing as a self, no absolute, permanent entity to be found in the element we call "body." In our ignorance we believe that there is a permanent entity in us, and our pain and suffering manifest on the basis of that ignorance. If we touch deeply the nonself nature in us, we can get out of that suffering.

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