Change (quotes)

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Life is change

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Change is the essence of life …

  • Life is about growth and change. When you are no longer doing that — that is your whisper; that is your whisper that you are supposed to do something else.  Oprah Winfrey
  • Day to day nothing seems to change…but pretty soon everything’s different.  Calvin and Hobbes
  • 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
  • Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • 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
  • Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and make new ones like them.  Marcus Aurelius
  • Nature’s mighty law is change.  Robert Burns
  • Life is its own journey, presupposes its own change and movement, and one tries to arrest them at one’s eternal peril.  Laurens van der Post
  • For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.  John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • 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
  • In our instinctive attachments, our fear of change, and our wish for certainty and permanence, we may undercut the impermanence which is our greatest strength, our most fundamental identity. Without impermanence, there is no process.  The nature of life is change.  All hope is based on process.  Rachel Naomi Remen
  • One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life.  Anatole France
  • Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.  John F. Kennedy
  • Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.  Stephen Chbosky
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… life’s only constant

  • Nothing endures but change. Heraclitus
  • All is flux, nothing stays still. Plato
  • Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant. Anthony J. D’Angelo
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Change is especially pervasive in today’s world

  • It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking.  Isaac Asimov
  • 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 Norris
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All situations in life, whether good or bad, will eventually change

  • If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.  John A. Simone, Sr.
  • Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are. Bertold Brecht
  • Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour. Arthur Schopenhauer
  • In this world of change, nothing which comes stays, and nothing which goes is lost. Anne Sophie Swetchine
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Change sustains life

  • I think that all human systems require continuous renewal. They rigidify. They get stuff in the joints.  They forget what they cared about.  The forces against it are nostalgia and the enormous appeal of having things the way they always have been, appeals to a supposedly happy past. But we’ve got to move on. John W. Gardner
  • The past can teach us, nurture us, but it cannot sustain us. The essence of life is change, and we must move ever forward or the soul will wither and die. Susanna Kearsley
  • Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead. Aldous Huxley
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Openness to change is essential

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Adapting to change is necessary to survive …

  • Life is neither static nor unchanging. With no individuality, there can be no change, no adaptation and, in an inherently changing world, any species unable to adapt is also doomed. Jean M. Auel
  • It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.  Edwards Deming
  • Life is about moving, it’s about change. And when things stop doing that they’re dead. Twyla Tharp
  • When you are through changing, you are through. Bruce Barton
  • The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions. Ellen Glasgow
  • It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin
  • We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we hardenJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. Edwards Deming
  • Nearly all great civilizations that perished did so because they had crystallized, because they were incapable of adapting themselves to new conditions, new methods, new points of view. It is as though people would literally rather die than change. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The more rapid the rate of change, the more dangerous it is to live mechanically, relying on routines of belief and behavior that might be irrelevant or obsolete. Nathaniel Branden
  • Those who reject change are architects of decay. The only human institution which rejects change is the cemetery. Harold Wilson
  • The art of life is constant readjusting to your surroundings. Kazuko Okokaura
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… but to positively flourish, you need to not only accept change but also to embrace it…

  • Remember that victims are frightened by change. And leaders grow inspired by it. Robin Sharma
  • The measure of intelligence is the ability to change. Albert Einstein
  • The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. Carl R. Rogers
  • Standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards in a rapidly changing world. Lauren Bacall
  • The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. Alan Wilson Watts
  • Don’t fear change, embrace it. Anthony J. D’Angelo
  • To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable. Helen Keller
  • Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy. Somerset Maugham
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… even though that can be scary, challenging and painful at times

  • 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
  • Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change. Mary Shelley
  • All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. Anatole France
  • Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history. Joan Wallach Scott
  • 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
  • Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Openness to change is essential for your happiness…

  • They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Confucius
  • The best path to happiness is learning to change as rapidly as life does. Don Miguel Ruiz
  • People who can change and change again are so much more reliable and happier than those who can’t. Stephen Fry
  • They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Confucius
  • Those persons are happiest in this restless and mutable world who are in love with change, who delight in what is new simply because it differs from what is old; who rejoice in every innovation, and find a strange alert pleasure in all that is, and that has never been before. Agnes Repplier
  • 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
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… whereas if you resist change, you are likely to suffer and vegetate

  • It’s the most unhappy people who most fear change. Mignon McLaughlin
  • Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it.  Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.  Shunryu Suzuki
  • As life moves in cycles, every season comes to pass. One must rest in the centre, accepting change, to remain balanced through all that turns. To resist the turning nature of life results in suffering. Isira
  • 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
  • Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one’s own unnecessary vegetation. Gail Sheehy
  • The difference between a grave and a rut are the dimensions. Dale Carnegie
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Openness to change is essential for personal growth and learning …

  • To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. Winston Churchill
  • The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself. JoyBell
  • There is no greater force for change than people inspired to live a better life. Steve Maraboli
  • To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. Henri Bergson
  • Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. Pauline R. Kezer
  • Change and growth take place when a person has risked him or herself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his or her own life. Herbert Otto
  • Change is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things: First, a dissatisfaction with self–a felt void or need; second, a decision to change–to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change–the wilful act of making the change; Doing Something. Leo Buscaglia
  • Change may not always bring growth, but there is no growth without change. Roy T. Bennett
  • If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. Anatole France
  • We should strive to welcome change and challenges, because they are what help us grow. Without them we grow weak like the Eloi in comfort and security. We need to constantly be challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence. G. Wells, The Time Machine
  • If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained.  Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.  Saint Augustine
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… for change is the parent of progress

  • Change is the parent of progress. Steve Maraboli
  • Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. Anaïs Nin
  • You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change. Les Brown
  • If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results. Jack Dixon
  • Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw
  • Change is inevitable. Progress is optional. Tony Robbins
  • If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.
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It is through change that you can transform and elevate your life

  • Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. Jim Rohn
  • 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
  • To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions. William James
  • It seems necessary to completely shed the old skin before the new, brighter, stronger, more beautiful one can emerge. . . . I never thought I’d be getting a life lesson from a snake. Julie Ridge
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At the end of the day, your only real security lies in your ability to change

  • Our only security is our ability to change. John Lilly
  • The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble. Henry Miller
  • We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it. John Steinbeck
  • Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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Allow yourself to be strengthened by change, not reduced by it

  • I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. Maya Angelou
  • You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler. Denis Waitley
  • All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. Ellen Glasgow
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Lean into change and embrace it

  • Change is very hard, whether it’s an individual desire or a culture-wide need. We prefer the familiar, the known, and we give it value because of that. We avoid change. We deny what we know in our bones.  We block experiences, we ignore intuition, we pass by insight, we avoid transformation. We hold on, afraid to change a pattern even when we are in pain. When you feel conflict, pain, tension, fear, or confusion, this is a change trying to happen.  Don’t avoid it or withdraw.  Don’t turn to busyness or denial.  Lean into the feeling, work on the change, take the risk.  It will give you the fullness you seek. Jennifer James
  • Don’t ever believe that you are going to be peaceful–life is not like that. When you are changing all the time, you’ve got to continue to keep adjusting to change, which means that you are going to be constantly facing new obstacles. That’s the joy of living.  And once you are involved in the process of becoming, there is no stopping.  You’re doomed!  You’re gone!  But what a fantastic journey!  Every day is new.  Every flower is new.  Every face is new. Everything in the world is new, every morning of your life.  Stop seeing it as a drag! Leo Buscaglia
  • For the greater part of human activity is designed to make permanent those experiences and joys which are only lovable because they are changing. Music is a delight because of its rhythm and flow. Yet the moment you arrest the flow and prolong a note or chord beyond its time, the rhythm is destroyed. Because life is likewise a flowing process, change and death are its necessary parts. To work for their exclusion is to work against life. Alan Watts
  • If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold onto. Lao Tzu
  • In spite of all our hopes, dreams, and efforts, change is real and forever. Accept it fearlessly.  Investigate the unknown; neither fear nor worship it. Joseph A. Bauer
  • Surrendering to change is always a leap of faith. For something new to enter your life, you have to let go of the past and join your immediate experience right now.  The key is less in what you do than how connected you are in yourself as you do it.  In life there is no predetermined path you should or have to walk; you lay down the path by how you take each step.  This is one of life’s greatest truths. Richard Moss
  • The powerful potential behind change lies in the possibility that each new beginning will bring us greater joy and freedom than we have ever known. Whether or not that actually happens–whether or not we continue to grow through the cycles of our lives–is largely up to us. We play a part in what happens by choosing how we see our changes, our beginnings, our endings.  We can see each ending as a tragedy and lament and resist it, or we can see each ending as a new beginning and a new birth into greater opportunities.  What the caterpillar sees as the tragedy of death, the butterfly sees as the miracle of birth. John Marks Templeton
  • Why should anyone be afraid of change? What can take place without it? What can be more pleasing or more suitable to universal nature? Can you take your bath without the firewood undergoing a change?  Can you eat without the food undergoing a change?  And can anything useful be done without change? Don’t you see that for you to change is just the same, and is equally necessary for universal nature? Marcus Aurelius
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Realise that change always contains a gift if you look hard enough

  • 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
  • Change always comes bearing gifts. Price Pritchett
  • You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.
  • We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. Harrison Ford
  • The changes we dread most may contain our salvation. Barbara Kingsolver
  • Life is a gift
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Change requires courage…

  • The key to change is to let go of fear. Rosanne Cash
  • 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
  • When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny. Paulo Coelho
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… because embracing change very often requires leaping into the unknown

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

  • Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • The principles you live by create the world you live in; if you change the principles you live by, you will change your world. Blaine Lee
  • People can’t live with change if there’s not a changeless core inside them. Stephen Covey
  • We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles. Jimmy Carter
  • 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 Covey
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Changing yourself

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Instead of trying to change the world, focus on changing yourself …

  • Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy
  • You don’t need to change the world; you need to change yourself. Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. Rumi
  • You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. Jim Rohn
  • Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy
  • Most people spend so much time and energy trying to do the impossible—namely, to change and control the actions of others—that they wrongly believe that they cannot achieve a quite possible goal—to change their own thoughts and acts. Robert A. Harper
  • We immediately become more effective when we decide to change ourselves rather than asking things to change for us. Stephen Covey
  • To change what you get you must change who you are. Vernon Howard
  • Things do not change, we change. Henry David Thoreau
  • When you blame others, you give up your power to change. Robert Anthony
  • Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves. Mahatma Gandhi
  • 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
  • Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes. Roy T. Bennett
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… for without changing yourself, there can be no transformation of your world

  • What you are the world is. And without your transformation there can be no transformation of the world. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • If we want to change the world, it must first come from healing the discord within our own souls. Will Bowen
  • If we want to change the society, we have to change the individual. Osho
  • We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become. David R. Hawkins
  • Changing the world begins with the very personal process of changing yourself, the only place you can begin is where you are, and the only time you can begin is always now. Gary Zukav
  • You can change environments, but until you change yourself, nothing else will ever change. Eric Thomas
  • If we can transform ourselves, we have the potential to change the world. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
  • I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself. Aldous Huxley
  • All appears to change when we change. Henri-Frédéric Amiel
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When you change your inner self, your external life invariably changes too

  • What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. Otto Rank
  • Outer changes always begin with an inner change of attitude. Albert Einstein
  • Synchronicity holds the promise that if we want to change inside, the patterns of our external life will change as well. Jean Shinoda Bolen
  • All appears to change when we change. Henri-Frédéric Amiel
  • Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale
  • The greatest revolution in our generation is that of human beings, who by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. William James
  • Change what you see, by changing how you see. Jonathan Lockwood Huie
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After all, your outer world is simply a reflection of what is inside you

  • It is utterly useless to try to change the outer world, for it is but a reflection of inner causes. The true seeker seeks to change himself. Vernon Howard
  • If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Wayne Dyer
  • Once your mind-set changes, everything on the outside will change along with it. Steve Maraboli
  • Life is a mirror
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It’s very hard, if not impossible, to change others

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • People don’t resist change. They resist being changed. Peter M. Senge
  • You cannot change anyone, but you can be the reason someone changes. Roy T. Bennett
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Change yourself instead

  • Quite often we change our jobs, friends and spouses instead of changing ourselves. Akbarali H. Jetha
  • You can’t change other people. You can only change yourself. Celestine Chua
  • The trouble is that everyone talks about reforming others and no one thinks about reforming himself. Saint Peter of Alcantara
  • I’ve discovered that you can’t change people. They can change themselves. Jim Rohn
  • When you stop trying to change others and work on changing yourself, your world changes for the better.
  • Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Never overestimate your power to change others. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • Change in others often occurs when you no longer need them to change. When you drop demands and expectations.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. Thomas Kempis
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Blaming others stops you from being able to change yourself

  • All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. Wayne Dyer
  • When you blame others, you give up your power to change. Robert Anthony
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The first step to changing yourself is self-awareness…

  • Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self- observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self- observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening. George Gurdjieff
  • Self-Observation is itself the Beginning of Transformation. Dennis Lewis
  • What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. Abraham H. Maslow
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… and, paradoxically, accepting yourself as you are

  • The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. Carl Rogers
  • The starting place for change is accepting oneself and taking interest in one’s inner world. Edward L. Deci
  • Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. Albert Einstein
  • The starting place for change is accepting oneself and taking interest in one’s inner world. Edward L. Deci
  • We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Carl Jung
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Changing the world

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Change the world

  • 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
  • You really can change the world if you care enough. Marian Wright Edelman
  • I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. Mother Teresa
  • The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. Rob Siltanen
  • If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it.  You just do it one step at a time. Marion Wright Edelman
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Change the world by changing yourself

  • As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person. Paul Shane Spear
  • Let him who would move the world first move himself. Socrates
  • All appears to change when we change. Henri-Frédéric Amiel
  • If we can transform ourselves, we have the potential to change the world. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
  • If we want to change the society, we have to change the individual. Osho
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Change the world by changing the way you look at it

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Change the world through education

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Change the world through writing

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Be the change you wish to see in the world

  • We must be the change we wish to see in the world. Mohandas Gandhi
  • Be the change you want to see in the world. Mohandas Gandhi
  • 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
  • We are the change we have been waiting for. Barack Obama
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Changing your life

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Change your life

  • It’s never too late to change your life for the better. You don’t have to take huge steps to change your life. Making even the smallest changes to your daily routine can make a big difference to your life. Roy T. Bennett
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Change your life by changing your thoughts

  • Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale
  • The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. Albert Einstein
  • Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Change your life by changing your habits

  • You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. Mike Murdock
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Change your life by reading

  • Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life’. Helen Exley
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Change your life by stretching your comfort zone

  • It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform. Roy T. Bennett
  • We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better. JoyBell C.
  • Change is scary, and if you aren’t regularly uncomfortable, you’re probably spending too much time in the kiddie pool. Henri Junttila
  • We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better. JoyBell C.
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Change it or accept it as it is

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Don’t be scared to change things – but only if you have control over them

  • If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. Jim Rohn
  • Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t. Steve Maraboli
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If you can’t change something, change your attitude about it

  • Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Serenity prayer
  • When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. Victor Frankl
  • Happy are they who learn to bear what they cannot change. J.C.F. von Schiller
  • If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.  Don’t complain. Maya Angelou
  • Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all. Carlos Castaneda
  • Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes. Roy T. Bennett
  • We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes. Charles R. Swindoll
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Changing your mind

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Always be prepared to change your mind

  • 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
  • Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw
  • Sometimes, being true to yourself means changing your mind. Self-changes, and you follow. Vera Nazarian
  • 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
  • The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one. William H. Seward
  • The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. William Blake
  • Stubbornness does have its helpful features. You always know what you are going to be thinking tomorrow. Glen Beaman
  • Oh, would that my mind could let fall its dead ideas, as the tree does its withered leaves! Andre Gide
  • Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw
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  • A life without change is not a life; it is a stagnant pool. To change your mind frivolously is a cop-out. To change your mind under the direction of the wisdom of the heart is a brush stroke on the masterpiece you are delivering to the world. Alan Cohen
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Allowing others to change

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Realise that it’s not just you who changes through life, but the people in your life too

  • The key to long-term relationships is letting someone be different today than they were yesterday. I think one of the main reasons for divorce is that couples don’t always create the emotional space between them to allow for constant and continuous change.  When people say, “We grew apart,” it’s often a sign that when they entered the marriage, their emotional contract didn’t include this clause:  “I’ll let you grow.  You’ll let me grow.  We’ll learn from each other, and we can grow together.  Marianne Williamson
  • Relationships are never static. They have to evolve over time as the individuals in them change. Sherryl Woods
  • Anyone who knows me, should learn to know me again; for I am like the Moon, you will see me with new face every day. Rumi
  • You never have a friend all figured out. Just when you think you know what makes them tick, they tock. Robert Brault
  • Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them. Marcel Proust
  • The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.  George Bernard Shaw
  • People change and forget to tell each other. Lillian Hellman
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People change – or do they?

  • Our ability to adapt is amazing. Our ability to change isn’t quite as spectacular. Lisa Lutz
  • We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves. Lynn Hall
  • People don’t change. Only their costumes do.  Gene Moore
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You cannot change others but you can change the people you choose to be around

  • Even if you cannot change all the people around you, you can change the people you choose to be around. Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you. Spend your life with people who make you smile, laugh, and feel loved. Roy T. Bennett
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Final thoughts

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Consciously try to change things for the better or, with time, they run the risk of deteriorating

  • He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. Francis Bacon
  • Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. Francis Bacon
  • After you’ve done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion.  And after ten years, throw it away and start all over.  Alfred Edward Perlman
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Change is often a paradox

  • You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Neil Gaiman
  • If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  • The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. Carl Rogers
  • The more things change, the more things stay the same. Alphonse Karr
  • Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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Trying to change something can reveal much about it

  • If you want to truly understand something, try to change it. Kurt Lewin
  • If you want to make enemies, try to change something. Woodrow Wilson
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We tend to change only when we have to

  • Changing is what people do when they have no options left. Holly Black
  • 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
  • We would rather be ruined than changed, We would rather die in our dread Than climb the cross of the moment And let our illusions die. W.H. Auden
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Change is hardest at the start

  • Real change is difficult at the beginning. Without the familiar to rely upon, you may not in as much command as you had once been. When things are not going your way, you will start doubting yourself. Stay positive, keep the faith, and keep moving forward – your breakthrough may be just around the corner. Roy T. Bennett
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The flip-side

  • Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there. Elizabeth Clarke Dunn
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Questions

  • If you need to make a change and fear is holding your back, ask yourself these 3 questions: What is the best outcome that can happen?  What is the worst outcome that can possibly happen?  What is the result of remaining the same?
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Affirmations

  • I welcome change as a great adventure. Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • Everything is all right. It is only change. I am safe. Louise L Hay
  • I welcome change, as it is full of opportunities. Louise L. Hay
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On a lighter note

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Changing your mind

  • I was going to change my clothes, but I changed my mind instead. Jarod Kintz
  • I wasn’t originally going to get a brain transplant, but then I changed my mind.
  • A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. Winston Churchill
  • A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s; she changes it more often. Oliver Herford
  • He would come in and say he changed his mind  which was a gilded figure of speech because he didn’t have any. Mark Twain
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More light-hearted quotes

  • Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess. Lemony Snicket
  • A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt. Woodrow Wilson
  • A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks. Charles Gordy
  • A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t. A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, and she does.
  • Adolescence is a period of rapid changes. Between the ages of 12 and 17, for example, a parent ages as much as 20 years.
  • All great change in America begins at the dinner table. Ronald Reagan
  • Altar: To change through marriage.
  • Anyone who believes you can’t change history has never tried to write his memoirs. David Ben-Gurion
  • Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine. Robert C. Gallagher
  • Every time I find the meaning of life, they change it.
  • Give me coffee to change the things I can and wine to accept the things I can’t.
  • How is a man like the weather? Nothing can be done to change either one of them.
  • I get up every morning determined both to change the world and to have one hell of a good time. Sometimes, this makes planning the day difficult. E.B. White
  • I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined and that we can do nothing to change it look before they cross the road. Stephen Hawking
  • I wish I could change my sex as I change my shirt.
  • If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts. Albert Einstein
  • If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. Jim Rohn
  • In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired. Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it. George Carlin
  • Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those people I had to kill because they pissed me off! Sarah Ferguson
  • My opinions may have changed but not the fact that I am right. Ashleigh Brilliant
  • No woman can make a wise man out of a fool, but every woman can change a wise man into a fool. Argentinean Proverb
  • Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason.
  • The only person who likes change is a wet baby. Roy Blitzer
  • The tragedy of marriage is that while all women marry thinking that their man will change all men marry believing their wife will never change. Len Deighton
  • Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. Faith Baldwin
  • Vacation: A change of routine that makes you feel good enough to go back to work and poor enough to have to.
  • When we’re young we want to change the world when we’re old we want to change the young. Garth Henrichs
  • Whenever I find the key to success, someone changes the lock.
  • Women hope men will change after marriage but they don’t; men hope women won’t change but they do. Bettina Arndt
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