Change Quotes

Most popular change quotes

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

how to live life

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

inspirational

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. - G. K. Chesterton quote.
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.
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. - Martin Luther King Jr. quote.
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.

church society

Our only security is in our ability to change.
We are tomorrow's past.

detachment time

Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale quote.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.

inspirational attitude

Change is not merely necessary to life. It is life. - Alvin Toffler quote.
Change is not merely necessary to life. It is life.
Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself. - Leo Tolstoy quote.
Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.

self-improvement

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

motivational

In wisdom we acknowledge that everything changes. What is born will die. What dies nourishes life in its many forms.
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. - Charlie Munger quote.
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.

investing

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

ideas beliefs

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. - Charlie Munger quote.
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.

ideas beliefs

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. - Charlie Munger quote.
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.

life flexible thinking

Favorable surprises are easy to handle. It's the unfavorable surprises that cause the trouble. - Charlie Munger quote.
Favorable surprises are easy to handle. It's the unfavorable surprises that cause the trouble.

business

Good weather never lasts forever on this earth. - Laura Ingalls Wilder quote.
Good weather never lasts forever on this earth.
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! - Pope Francis quote.
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!
The years forever fashion new dreams when old ones go. God pity a one-dream man!

dreams

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. - Henri Bergson quote.
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.

maturity

Change starts when someone sees the next step.

management

Why not upset the apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway.

management

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 Harris quote.
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.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. - William James quote.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.
He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality. - Anwar Sadat quote.
He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality.

flexible thinking

Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor. - Arnold Toynbee quote.
Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.

civilization

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

interesting

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

truth

People in distress will sometimes prefer a problem that is familiar to a solution that is not. - Neil Postman quote.
People in distress will sometimes prefer a problem that is familiar to a solution that is not.

problems solutions

If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.
[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. - Steve Jobs quote.
[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.

business death

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. - Thích Nhất Hạnh quote.
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.

impermanence buddhist

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. - Anaïs Nin quote.
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.
Human life, its growth, its hopes, fears, loves, et cetera, are the result of accidents. - Bertrand Russell quote.
Human life, its growth, its hopes, fears, loves, et cetera, are the result of accidents.
He that leaveth nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things. - George Savile quote.
He that leaveth nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things.
There is danger in reckless change, but greater danger in blind conservatism. - Henry George quote.
There is danger in reckless change, but greater danger in blind conservatism.
God does not play dice with the universe. - Albert Einstein quote.
God does not play dice with the universe.

God

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like? - Jean Cocteau quote.
We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?
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.
Consistency is the quality of a stagnant mind.
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies. - Robert F. Kennedy quote.
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.

progress

Each generation criticizes the unconscious assumptions made by its parents. It may assent to them, but it brings them out in the open. - Alfred North Whitehead quote.
Each generation criticizes the unconscious assumptions made by its parents. It may assent to them, but it brings them out in the open.
Love is more afraid of change than destruction. - Friedrich Nietzsche quote.
Love is more afraid of change than destruction.
It behooves us to adapt oneself to the times if one wants to enjoy continued good fortune. - Niccolò Machiavelli quote.
It behooves us to adapt oneself to the times if one wants to enjoy continued good fortune.
Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one. - Karl Marx quote.
Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one.
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. - Franklin D. Roosevelt quote.
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.
Weep not that the world changes–did it keep
A stable, changeless state, 'twere cause indeed to weep. - William Cullen Bryant quote.
Weep not that the world changes–did it keep
A stable, changeless state, 'twere cause indeed to weep.
Change is constant in a progressive country. - Benjamin Disraeli quote.
Change is constant in a progressive country.
Change is not progress. - H. L. Mencken quote.
Change is not progress.
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. - Alvin Toffler quote.
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.

future

Nothing endures but change. - Heraclitus quote.
Nothing endures but change.
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.
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. - Winston Churchill quote.
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.
The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia. - Elbert Hubbard quote.
The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.

progress

The human tendency prefers familiar horrors to unknown delights.
You must change in order to survive. - Pearl Bailey quote.
You must change in order to survive.
If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don't wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.
— African proverb

African proverbs proverbs

It is best not to swap horses while crossing the river. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
It is best not to swap horses while crossing the river.
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 main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything... or nothing. - Nancy Astor quote.
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything... or nothing.

extremism

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
familiar.

management business

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is Nature's inexorable imperative. - H. G. Wells quote.
Adapt or perish, now as ever, is Nature's inexorable imperative.

nature

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

losing our way life

You can't change the music of your soul. - Katherine Hepburn quote.
You can't change the music of your soul.

authenticity individuality be yourself the self

All birth is unwilling. - Pearl Buck quote.
All birth is unwilling.
As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn, so change of studies a dull brain. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote.
As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn, so change of studies a dull brain.

Brain

Change means movement.  Movement means friction.
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.
The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind. - Maya Angelou quote.
The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.
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.

comfort

We would rather be ruined than changed. - Wystan Auden quote.
We would rather be ruined than changed.
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
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.

changing people marriage men and women

Before you'll change, something important must be at risk. - Richard Bach quote.
Before you'll change, something important must be at risk.
Richard Bach Messiah’s Handbook: Reminders for the Advanced Soul

risk-taking

We must change in order to survive. - Pearl Bailey quote.
We must change in order to survive.
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 quote.
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.

changing people

All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves. - Amelia E. Barr quote.
All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves.
If I were to give off-the-cuff advice to anyone trying to institute change, I would say, "How clear is the metaphor?" - Warren Bennis quote.
If I were to give off-the-cuff advice to anyone trying to institute change, I would say, "How clear is the metaphor?"
Warren Bennis The Unconscious Conspiracy: Why Leaders Can’t Lead

metaphor

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

maturity

Each new season grows from the leftovers from the past.  That is the essence of change, and change is the basic law.
Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?
— The Bible: Jeremiah13:23

biblical

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

the world crying

A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation. - Edmund Burke quote.
A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
The tragedy of life is that people do not change. - Agatha Christie quote.
The tragedy of life is that people do not change.

life tragedy

They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. - Confucius quote.
They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

happiness wisdom

Funny thing about change, it's like pulling off a bandage.  Hurts like hell when you do it, but you always feel better after.
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. - Isadora Duncan quote.
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! - Anatole France quote.
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!

changing people

People who appear to be resisting change may simply be the victim of bad habits. Habit, like gravity, never takes a day off.
Paul Gibbons The Science of Successful Organizational Change

habit

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 quote.
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.
People change and forget to tell each other. - Lillian Hellman quote.
People change and forget to tell each other.
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. - Eric Hoffer quote.
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.
If one is going to change things, one has to make a fuss and catch the eye of the world.
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. - Rosabeth Moss Kanter quote.
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.
There is no sin punished more implacably by nature than the sin of resistance to change. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh quote.
There is no sin punished more implacably by nature than the sin of resistance to change.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

commitment

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. - Robin Morgan quote.
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.
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. - Jawaharlal Nehru quote.
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.
Jawaharlal Nehru Glimpses of World History: Being Further Letters to his Daughter, Written in Prison, and Containing a Rambling Account of History for Young People

ignorance

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. - Kathleen Noriss quote.
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.
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. - Anna Quindlen quote.
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.
Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one's own unnecessary vegetation. - Gail Sheehy quote.
Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one's own unnecessary vegetation.
Gail Sheehy Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life
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. - Gail Sheehy quote.
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.
Gail Sheehy Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life

growth

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. - John Steinbeck quote.
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 the nature of a man as he grows older, a small bridge in time, to protest against change, particularly change for the better. - John Steinbeck quote.
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.

protest

Change is the process by which the future invades our lives. - Alvin Toffler quote.
Change is the process by which the future invades our lives.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. - Leo Tolstoy quote.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

changing people

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 quote.
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.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
Alan Watts The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety
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.

creativity confusion

A single moment can change all.
There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go. - Tennessee Williams quote.
There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
Failure is not fatal but failure to change might be. - John Wooden quote.
Failure is not fatal but failure to change might be.
John Wooden Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

failure

Seeing the change does not equal creating the change.

business

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. - Carl Ransom Rogers quote.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.

education learning

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. - Confucius quote.
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
Ignorance is always afraid of change. - Jawaharlal Nehru quote.
Ignorance is always afraid of change.