Change Quotes and Sayings

Posted by Brian

Sudden resolutions, like the sudden rise of the mercury in the barometer, indicates nothing but the changeableness of the weather.
– Augustus William Hare

When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet.
– Stanislaw Lec

Change always comes bearing gifts.
– Price Pritchett

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

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
– Robert F. Kennedy

Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them.
– Marcel Proust

We emphasize that we believe in change because we were born of it, we have lived by it, we prospered and grew great by it. So the status quo has never been our god, and we ask no one else to bow down before it.
– Carl T. Rowan

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

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
– Anais Nin

Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.
– Francis Bacon

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.
– Marian Wright Edelman

You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation:  If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.
– Author Unknown

Learn wisdom from the ways of a seedling. A seedling which is never hardened off through stressful situations will never become a strong productive plant.
– Stephen Sigmund

When you are through changing, you are through.
– Bruce Barton

Stubborness does have its helpful features.  You always know what you are going to be thinking tomorrow.
– Glen Beaman

The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.
– Ellen Glasgow

If we habitually focus on how to improve things that are already great, can you see how this spirit can transform ourselves, our organizations, families and communities?
– Tony Robbins

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

If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.
– Charles Kettering

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

Just because everything is different doesn’t mean anything has changed.
– Irene Peter

You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing in. ca. 500 BCE.
– Heraclitus

Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.
– Bruce Barton

Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.
– Frank Herbert

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
– Maria Robinson

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
– Leo Tolstoy

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
– Confucius

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
– Pablo Picasso

Things do not change; we change.
– Henry David Thoreau

Our only security is our ability to change.
– John Lilly

A scholar who loves comfort is not fit to be called a scholar.
– Confucius

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

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.
– Pericles

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
– Bertolt Brecht

All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.
– Ellen Glasgow

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.
– Gail Sheehy

The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down.
– Jawaharlal Nehru

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

People don’t change.  Only their costumes do.
– Gene Moore

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 a Kempis


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