Quotes About Change

Great quotes about change that you can use in various forms before, during, and after a change initiative – or any time for that matter – these quotes are timeless.

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“It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.”
Mignon McLaughlin

“If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.”
Kurt Lewin

“Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh Quotes about change

“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

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”
Benjamin Franklin

“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.”
Roger Porter Quotes about change

“You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.”
Author Unknown

“I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.”

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”
Brian Tracy

“It is never too late to become what you might have been.”
George Eliot Quotes about change

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.”
Mike Murdock

“Our only security is our ability to change.”
John Lilly

“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

“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”
Arnold Bennett

“Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there.”
John Kotter Quotes about change

“People don't resist change. They resist being changed!”
Peter Senge

“I'll go anywhere as long as it's forward.”
David Livingstone

“There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.”
Winston Churchill

“If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree.”
Jim Rohn Quotes about change

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
Victor Frankl

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”
Author Unknown

“Everything changes, nothing remains without change.”

“We change, whether we like it or not.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about change

“Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine.”
Robert C. Gallagher

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

“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.”
I. Krishnamurti

“Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”
Carlos Castaneda Quotes about change

“There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.”
Aldous Huxley

“Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.”
Keri Russell

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”
Jim Rohn

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
Jimmy Dean

“One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”
André Gide

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
Lao Tzu Quotes about change

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living.”
Gail Sheehy

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

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

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

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead Quotes about change

“Every generation needs a new revolution.”
Thomas Jefferson

“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

“Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have — and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up.”
James Belasco and Ralph Stayer

“Your success in life isn't based on your ability to simply change. It is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers and business.”
Mark Sanborn

“The rate of change is not going to slow down anytime soon. If anything, competition in most industries will probably speed up even more in the next few decades.”
John P. Kotter Quotes about change

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.”
Author Unknown

“Our moral responsibility is not to stop the future, but to shape it…to channel our destiny in humane directions and to ease the trauma of transition.”
Alvin Toffler

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

“All is connected ... no one thing can change by itself.”
Paul Hawken

“If you can neither accept it or change it, try to laugh at it.”
Ashleigh Brilliant

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