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Change Quotes

Change Quotes 1 to 10

  • Acceptance is not a state of passivity or inaction. I am not saying you can't change the world, right wrongs, or replace evil with good. Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to successful action. If you don't fully accept a situation precisely the way it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Further, if you don't fully accept the situation, you will never really know if the situation should be changed. Peter McWilliams,
  • All appears to change when we change. Henri-Frederic Amiel
  • 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
  • All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse. Benjamin Franklin
  • All things must change to something new, to something strange. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. Arnold Bennett
  • Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there, but to get the truth, the realities that must be grappled with. You may not like just what you find. In this case you are entitled to try to change it. But do not deceive yourself as to what you do find to be the facts of the situation. Bernard M. Baruch
  • Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant. Anthony J. D'Angelo
  • Change before you have to. Jack Welch
  • Change does not change tradition. It strengthens it. Change is a challenge and an opportunity; not a threat. Prince Phillip of England

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    Change Quotes 11 to 20

  • Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right. Jane Goodall
  • 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. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. King Whitney Jr.
  • Change hurts. It makes people insecure, confused, and angry. People want things to be the same as they've always been, because that makes life easier. But, if you're a leader, you can't let your people hang on to the past. Richard Marcinko
  • Change is inevitable. In a progressive country change is constant. Benjamin Disraeli
  • Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better. Richard Hooker
  • Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix. Christina Baldwin
  • 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
  • Change is the only constant. Heraclitus, Greek philosopher
  • Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict. Saul Alinsky
  • Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable. Denis Waitley

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    Change Quotes 21 to 30

  • Change will never happen when people lack the ability and courage to see themselves for who they are. Bryant H. McGill
  • Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Don't fear change, embrace it. Anthony J. D'Angelo
  • Every body persists in a state of rest or of uniform motion in a straight line, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces having impact upon it. Newton
  • Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy
  • Everything changes, nothing remains without change. Buddha
  • Everything is connected, no one thing can change by itself. Paul Hawken
  • Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be. John Wooden
  • Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. Robert F. Kennedy
  • God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr

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    Change Quotes 31 to 40

  • Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. William James
  • 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 Christoph Lichtenberg
  • I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean
  • I decided not to let my past rule my future so I decided to change my present in order to open up my future. Dr. Ana M Guzman
  • I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. Plutarch
  • I like less the story that a frog if put in cold water will not bestir itself if that water is heated up slowly and gradually and will in the end let itself be killed, boiled alive, too comfortable with continuity to realize that continuous change at some point may become intolerable and demand a change in behaviour. Charles Handy
  • If anything is certain, it is that change is certain. The world we are planning for today will not exist in this form tomorrow. Philip Crosby
  • If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts. Albert Einstein
  • If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves. Carl Jung
  • If we don't change our direction we are likely to end up where we are headed. Chinese Proverb

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    Change Quotes 41 to 50

  • If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going. Professor Irwin Corey
  • If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Wayne Dyer
  • If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. Lao Tzu
  • If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou
  • If you want to make enemies, try to change something. Woodrow Wilson
  • If you want to truly understand something, try to change it. Kurt Lewin
  • In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable. Benjamin Disraeli
  • 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
  • In the final analysis, change sticks when it becomes the way we do things around here. John Kotter
  • In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. Eric Hoffer

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    Change Quotes 51 to 60

  • It follows that acceleration in the rate of change will result in an increasing need for reorganization. Reorganization is usually feared, because it means disturbance of the status quo, a potential threat to peoples vested interests in their jobs, and an upset to established ways of doing things. For these reasons, needed reorganization is often deferred. With a resulting loss in effectiveness and increase in costs. Machiavelli
  • 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
  • It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. W. Edwards Deming
  • It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones who are most responsive to change. Charles Darwin
  • It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change. Confucius Analects
  • It is not so much that we're afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it's that place in between that we fear . It's like being between trapezes. It's Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There's nothing to hold on to. Marilyn Ferguson
  • It is not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not. James Gordon
  • It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. C. S. Lewis
  • Lasting change is a series of compromises. And compromise is all right, as long your values don't change. Jane Goodall
  • Let us take things as we find them, let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not. We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them. John Henry Cardinal Newman

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    Change Quotes 61 to 70

  • Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable. Helen Keller
  • Man has a limited biological capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock. Alvin Toffler
  • Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change. Bertrand Russell
  • Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. Harry S Truman
  • Most advances in science come when a person for one reason or another is forced to change fields. Peter Borden
  • Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor. Robert Frost
  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has! Margaret Mead
  • No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible until a great change takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of thought. John Stuart Mill
  • Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Arthur Baldwin

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    Change Quotes 71 to 80

  • Nothing endures but change. Heraclitus
  • Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're are 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. W. Somerset Maugham
  • Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Confucius
  • Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values. Dalai Lama
  • Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents of them. New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. Nothing ever happens twice alike. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects. The most tranquil house, with the most serene inhabitants, living upon the utmost regularity of system, is yet exemplifying infinite diversities. Henry Ward Beecher
  • People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult thing. A leader's job is to help people have vision of their potential. John Porter
  • People who expect always moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history. Joan Wallach Scott
  • Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies. Robert F. Kennedy
  • Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw
  • Resolve to be a master of change rather than a victim of change. Brian Tracy

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    Change Quotes 81 to 90

  • Slowness to change usually means fear of the new. Philip Crosby
  • Some people change their ways when they see the light; others when they feel the heat. Caroline Schoeder
  • Market leaders continually chart the changing waters. Peter Barron
  • The art of progress is to preserve order amid change. Alfred North Whitehead
  • The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, and then created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination. John Schaar, futurist
  • The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. Earl Knightingale
  • The key to change is to let go of fear. Rosanne Cash
  • The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing. Nancy Astor
  • The more severe the pain or illness, the more severe will be the necessary changes. These may involve breaking bad habits, or acquiring some new and better ones. Peter McWilliams
  • The only people who can change the world are people who want to. And not everybody does. Hugh Macleod

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    Change Quotes 91 to 100

  • The only thing constant in life is change. François de la Rochefoucauld
  • The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. Flannery O'Connor
  • The world will change for the better when people decide they are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the way the world is, and decide to change themselves. Sidney Madwed
  • There are two main strategies we can try to improve the quality of life. The first is to try making external conditions match our goals. The second is to change how we experience external conditions to make them fit our goals better. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • There is a certain relief in change, even if it is from bad to worse; as I have found in travelling in a stage-coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place. Washington Irving
  • There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. Winston Churchill
  • They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol
  • Things do not change; we change. Henry David Thoreau
  • To change and to change for the better are two different things. German proverb
  • To cope with a changing world, an entity must develop the capacity of shifting and changing, of developing new skills and attitudes. In short, the capability of learning. A De Gues

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    Change Quotes 101 to 116

  • Today the world changes very quickly, so fast that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in. Fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood. Sir Peter Medawar
  • We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. Carl Jung
  • We change, whether we like it or not. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We immediately become more effective when we decide to change ourselves rather than asking things to change for us. Stephen Covey
  • We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing. R. D. Laing
  • We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions. Jassamyn West
  • Weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society; things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed. E. B. White
  • What's the use of a good quotation if you can't change it? Doctor Who
  • When we are no longer able to change a situation we are challenged to change ourselves. Viktor Frankl
  • When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. Hugh White
  • When you're finished changing, you're finished. Benjamin Franklin
  • 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
  • You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions. Adlin Sinclair
  • You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight. Jim Rohn
  • You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Gandhi
  • You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler. Denis Waitley.

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    Change Quotes: Numbers 1 to 14 below - The Author is Unknown.

    The authors of these change quotes are unknown because I have just jotted down these quotes on change as I have been passing through here and there on my business travels. If you do know who the original creator of any of these change quotes is, please let me know and I will update the list.
  • Benefits must outweigh the costs of changing.
  • Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.
  • Change would be easy if it were not for all the people.
  • Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.
  • If you don't create change, change will create you.
  • If you were king for a day, what one-thing would you change?
  • One thing we know for sure is that change is certain, progress is not.
  • People are changed, not by coercion or intimidation, but by example.
  • People do not resist change. They resist being changed!
  • The company that is able to transform and adopt change quickest is the company that will win.
  • Things are always changing, as fast as everything stays the same.
  • Unless things change, they are likely to remain the same.
  • What I said never changed anyone. What they understood did.

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    Quotes About Change - Without the Word Change

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