The Best Quotes on Change
Change can be a beautiful thing but at the end of the day we are wired to resistant change. We are wired to avoid pain and seek pleasure. The true fact of the matter is a lot of times pleasure is attained through going through pain. Change can add so much color to our to a picture that we already thought was vibrant enough. Yes it can come in the form of pain, but it can be the pain we need to make something better out of our lives and/or for the people we love. This fact will become evident through a lot of the quotes about change below.
I mean just look at where AA came from. The creator of AA struggled massively with addiction and had to hit total rock bottom before he changed. But what came out of it was the 12 step program that has impacted tens of millions of people, helping them reclaim their lives.
Or look at where Buddhas teachings came from. From a man who was in so much of a spiritual depression that he committed himself to finding the answers of life. He not only did this, but created a way of life that so many millions of people have used to find peace and happiness in this life.
Anyways we’ll get to to it my friends! Here are the top 101 quotes about change that can help inspire you to create the change you are looking for in the world.
101 Awesome Quotes On Change
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves.” – Leo Tolstoy
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Ghandi
“Active thinking engages the gears of the most powerful tool there is for positive change and that tool is your mind.” – Byron Pulsifer
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw
“I you always to what you have always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” – Henry Ford
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol
“I’m on the hunt for who I’ve not yet become.” –
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but building the new.” – Socrates
“Great things never came from comfort zones.” – Unknown
“Actually I just soke up one day and decided I didn’t want to feel like that anymore, or ever again. So I changed. Just like that.” –
“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”
“Change can hurt, be uncomfortable, and be difficult in the beginning. Remember this English Proverb: Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” Lisa Rusczyk
“Thefact that we can and do change your minds and our opinions indicate that we can also change or perceptions and the way we feel about things.” – John DeMartini
“If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“When looking back doesn’t interest you anymore, your doing something right.”
“Life is about change, sometimes it’s painful. Sometimes it’s beautiful. But most of the time, it’s both.” Lana Lang
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn
“One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up instead of what they have to gain.” – Rick Goodwin
If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.
“You change your life, by changing your heart.” – Max Lucado
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance.” – Alan W. Watts
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous in the end.” – Robin Sharma
“Nothing is permanent but change.” – Elbert Hubbard
“Change is the law of life. Those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss out on the future”. – John F. Kennedy
“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”
“Embrace failure. Missteps and roadblocks are inevitable but are ultimately an opportunity to learn, pivot and go after your goals with new perspective.” Jenny Fleiss
“Life has a remote, get up and change it yourself.” Mark A Cooper
“Change before you have to.” Jack Welch
“When people shake their heads because we are living in a restless age, ask them how they would be like to life in a stationary one, and do without change.” – George Bernard Shaw
“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are usually the ones that do.”
“You’ll never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone. Change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Roy T. Bennett
“If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.” – Amy Tan
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their mind cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw
“The price of doing the same thing old thing is far higher than the price of change.” -Bill Clinton
“Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.” – Hugh Prather
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Theresa
“Don’t change so people will like you. Be you and the right people will love you.”
“I’m going to make the rest of my life the best of my life.”
“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” – Confucious
“Making a big life change is scary, but you know what’s even scarier? Regret.”
“Sometimes in the waves of change, we find our true direcion.”
“Pain doesn’t show in our lives for no reason at all. It’s a sign that sometimes that somethings gotta change and grow.”
“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom. And no one in the world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.” – BKS Iyengar
“You can’t change what’s going on around you until you start changing what’s going on within you.”
“Change will lead to insight far more often than insight will lead to change.” Milton Erickson
“Today I have the power to change my story.”
“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” – Charles Kettering
“All change can be expansive in potential, the choice is ours.” – Julia Cameron
“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now without delay.” – Simone de Beauvoir
“Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.” – Kerri Russel
“A proactive person is someone who tends to initiate change rather than reacting to events.” Jeffrey Morales
” People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult thing.” – Andy Warhol
“I am no longer accepting the thing I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” – Gail Sheehy
“If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.”
“We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance is we, changing, continue to love a changed person.” – W. Somerset Maugham
“Change your thoughts and you’ll change your world.”
“The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, want you are about and what you value.” – Stephen Covey
“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 the whatever way they like.” Lao Tsu
” You don’t need t to become a better person before you make changes in you’re life. You make changes so you can become better person in someone else’s life.”
“Your life is a result of the choices you make… If you don’t like your life, it is time to start making better choices.”
“Sitting on your butt, pissed off and bitter about your life isn’t going to change anything. You have to get up, get out and make change happen. If you wait you’ll have to fight for it.”
“You cannot change the people around you but you can change the people you choose to be around.”
“Sometimes our lives have to be completely shaken up, changed and rearranged to relocate us to the place we are meant to be.”
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.” – Rumi
“To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill
“If you are not obsessed with your life, change it.”
“The world as we have created is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without change our thinking.” – Albert Einstein
“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” _ Marilyn Monroe
“When your finished changing, your finished.” – Benjamin Franklin
Sometimes the slightest things change the directions of our lives. the merest breath of a circumstance, a random moment connects like a meteorite striking the earth. Lives have swivelled and changed direction on the strength of a chance remark.” – Bryce Courtenay
“When someone says “you’ve changed” it simply means you’ve stopped living your life their way.”
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
“May the bridges I burn light the way.” – Dylan Mckay
“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but building the new.” – Dan Millman
“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
“Change is the end result from all true learning.” – Leo Buscaglia
“Whatever makes you uncomfortable is your biggest opportunity for grown.” – Bryant McGill
“Don’t be afraid to change. You may lose something good but you may gain something better.”
“If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” Maya Angelou
Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize taht space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” – Echart Tolle
“The more you adapt, the more interesting you are.” Martha Stewart
“Lay the foundation with bricks others throw at you.” – David Brinkley
“In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoting to patching leaks.” – Warren Buffet
“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
“It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” – W. Edwards Deming
“Change brings about insecurity, but is also enables development and progress. – Dr. T.p. Chio
“You must tell yourself, no matter who hard it gets, I’m going to make it.” – Les Brown
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change.” – Carl R Rogers
” A wise man changes his mind, a tool never will.”
“We can’t change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the game.”
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Norman Vincent Peale
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer
“It’s doesn’t matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go.” Bob Proctor
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson
“Your never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminister Fuller
“In one minute you can change your attitude and in that minute you can change your entire day.” Spencer Johnson
“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” – Deepak Chopra
“To know the world, first know yourself. To change the world, first change yourself.”
Top 10 Take Away’s From The List of Change Quotes!
When it came down to it, this was a hard list to mine the best gold from, but below I have taken what I thought were the 10 most powerful change quotes that we can learn lessons from! Here they are, I hope they help you!
1.) “All great changes are proceeded by chaos.” – Deepak Chopra
This is such an awesome perspective given by one of the great selp help authors and speakers of all time. It also resonated with my life. Massive change can come out of the most turbulent and dark times. It allows us to transform, if we choose to from it.
The dark times make almost everything else seem not that bad. As well as make the great times that much more beautiful. They also thicken our skin, making us persevere through life much better than we would if we never went through our rough patches.
2.) “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.” – Rumi
This quote by Rumi puts it into such simple perspective. We all want to change the world, but the most important thing is to change oneself for the better. Once this change takes place, then by default the world around us changes. It is the long road to the goal you originally wanted but you grow on that long road in a big way.
3.) “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
This is just a great takeaway because it helps us get past the limiting belief that it is too late to go after our goals. Just think about the fact that Colonel Sanders was in his 60’s when he started KFC! He was worth more than some small countries when he passed leaving a massive legacy to his family.
It is never too late my friends. Also, it is never to early to start as well!
I feel like this quote can be flipped over in a sense that you are never to young to go after any goal as well. Often times younger people can feel inferior because of their age. But it is just a mindset. No matter how young you feel, go after those goals so you won’t look back and regret not going for it.
4.) “Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.” – Hugh Prather
I put this one in because I think everyone on planet earth can resonate with it. It always feels like when we hit a stride we get knocked off track. In a small or very large scale. It is allowing us to humble ourselves and egos as well as adapt to this new change.
Everything happens for a reason when you feel like you have it all together and find out you don’t it is a great time to reflect and see how you can do it better and more efficient!
5.) “Lay the foundation with bricks others throw at you.” – David Brinkley
This is straight up and epic mindset quote. How often have we let people tear us down. We can go through our entire lives holding onto things. Someones opinion becomes our reality and we can be affected by it for a long time. But what if instead we use some reverse psychology and start using these cheap shots to help us attain our hearts desires.
Maybe someone told you that you were good for nothing. Or that you were dumb as rocks. Well use that for fuel to your fire and let it motivate and push you to prove them wrong, or better yet prove yourself right. Also realize that this person is just an idiot at the end of the day. Someone who was probably having a bad day, or even worse was projecting their low self-esteem and self worth on you. It was never about you. See it as that way then use these negatives to build a positive future.
6.) “Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous in the end.” – Robin Sharma
This is so beautifully put and had to be part of our list. It is so true of change. It is literally like going through stages of grief. You will have an ebenflow that takes you through the hard and messy times before you are able to see this gorgeous end.
Fighting through the tough times will only make us stronger. Also you have two choices, you can either go through it or grow through it as pastor Joel Olsteen says. Try to be present enough throughout your pain. So you can learn from it and it won’t be a waste of time. If you allow it to teach you it’s lesson, it will most likely never resurface again. But if you keep denying it until its over, it will likely come back. Simply because you half assed your way through it making you vulnerable to suffer from the same low again.
7.) “I’m going to make the rest of my life the best of my life.”
We can’t change the past unless your Marty McFly. It just in’t gonna happen. But you can move forward and do so entirely differently then you have in the past. A great philosophy I try to live by is to only look back to learn. Don’t look back with regret, look back to learn from mistakes and smile that some of the moments you wish you still had happened to you at all. Then go make some new memories!
No matter how bad your life has been, today you can make a choice to make the rest of your life the best life. It’s actually a pretty exciting concept!
8.) “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change.” – Carl R Rogers
I almost overlooked this one until I realized that its a powerhouse of a quote. Acceptance is seen as passive, but it is actually living life on your own terms. It happens to be one of the most spiritually powerful things that you can do. Acceptance is allowing it to be how it is. Not trying to change it. What you resists, persists. But when we accept the way we are, whether that be personal image bad habits your trying to convert to good habits and anything in between. We essentially forgive ourselves and it puts us at a much more positive position to make change.
You are now changing coming from a positive point of view, instead of changing because you hate body or that you have a drug problem. It will also allow you sustain this change for the long term versus changing because of a negative reason. You WHY for the reason you want to change is essentially a lot more powerful
.”9.) When your finished changing, your finished.” – Benjamin Franklin
This fact is so true. When we stop growing, we die. Just like any other life form. Sure our physical body make still look like it’s alive, but its really just surviving and going through the motions. Not thriving like it was created to do.
I came across a great study on this subject talking about the impact learning has on your brain. It talks about theta rhythms and their functioning in the hippocampus. These are brain synapses are interrelated with learning and memory. If one continues to stimulate this area of the brain with continued learning, they are bettering the chance of limiting cognitive decline along with memory impairment.
So literally if you stop learning, your brain stops growing. So Keep Calm and Learn On my friends!
10.) If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Our last take away brings us to the wonderful Eleanor Roosevelt. We are all looking to find a steady pace in life where there isn’t too much change. We get into a career and relationship and we get a little lazy and content and like it that way. When things are predicable they are boring.
So change is literally the spice to a bland recipe. You can use it to make your life more colorful or avoid using it and leave it on the spice rack of life. Embrace change and see how much more colorful and growth provoking your life will be!
First off, if you made it this far I want to thank you for your time commitment. I appreciate you taking your time to read this and I really hoped you took away some solid value from this article. I would love to connect with you and see how you feel on the subject. If you have anything to add or any other quotes that you would like to include in the comments. Quotes that have had an impact on you that aren’t on the list!
I look forward to hearing from you and talking some shop! Peace my friends.