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The 58 Best Quotes About Change

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If one thing is true in this world, it is that nothing stays the same for too long.

Seasons change. You change your clothes. Michael Jackson’s skin color changed. Everything is in constant flux.

Whether you’re retiring, breaking up, or just moving on, here are the best quotes about change that we could find.

All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you. Octavia E. Butler

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Socrates

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away. Frida Kahlo


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

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. Alan Watts

True life is lived when tiny changes occur. Leo Tolstoy

To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions. William James

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

Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. Jim Rohn

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

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. George Santayana

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

What I like most about change is that it’s a synonym for ‘hope’. If you are taking a risk, what you are really saying is, ‘I believe in tomorrow and I will be part of it.’ Linda Ellerbee

‘Oh’, she thought, ‘how horrible it is that people have to grow up-and marry-and change!’ L.M. Montgomery

You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler. Denis Waitley

Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing. Mandy Hale

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

We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the vases. Haruki Murakami

Change always comes bearing gifts. Price Pritchett

I’ve come to believe that in everyone’s life, there’s one undeniable moment of change, a set of circumstances that suddenly alters everything. Nicholas Sparks

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position, and be bruised in a new place. Washington Irving

The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different. Peter F. Drucker

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Unknown

People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult thing. John Porter

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

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. Harold Wilson

When in doubt, choose change. Lily Leung

How can you know what you are capable of if you don’t embrace the unknown? Esmeralda Santiago

Change, like healing, takes time. Veronica Roth

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

Life is about change, sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s beautiful, but most of the times it’s both. Unknown


Things do not change; we change. Henry David Thoreau

Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life. Herbert Otto

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.

A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will. Spanish Proverb

Change is the end result of all true learning. Leo Buscaglia

Nothing brings down walls as surely as acceptance. Deepak Chopra

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw

Nothing that is can pause or stay; / The moon will wax, the moon will wane, / The mist and cloud will turn to rain, / The rain to mist and cloud again, / Tomorrow be today. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time. Libba Bray

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. C. JoyBell C.

Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. Pauline R. Kezer

Nothing is permanent, but change. Heraclitus

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

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

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. C.S. Lewis

Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman. Maya Angelou

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

Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history. Joan Wallach Scott

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

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings. Arthur Rubinstein

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

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. Harrison Ford

You change for two reasons: either you learn enough that you want to, or you’ve been hurt enough that you have to. Unknown

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