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36 Famous Quotes on Change

Updated on June 14, 2013

Change is inevitable. Change happens to us all the time. Change affects our life, family, work and financial position. A company director once told me that the only constant in this world is change. And when listening to the radio, I heard the phrase - Change is like a road that never end. Someone very dear to me once said: “We cannot change the weather but we can change our mood”. Hence, I have compiled some of the famous quotes on CHANGE to help us manage changes in our lives.

  • We change, whether we like it or not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~Harold Wilson
  • The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. ~Alan Watts
  • If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit
  • When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Victor Frankl
  • There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in travelling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position, and be bruised in a new place. ~WashingtonIrving
  • When you are through changing, you are through. ~Bruce Barton
  • The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down. ~Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Everything you now do is something you have chosen to do. Some people don't want to believe that. But if you're over age twenty-one, your life is what you're making of it. To change your life, you need to change your priorities. ~John C. Maxwell
  • After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over. ~Alfred Edward Perlman


Caterpillar will transform into a beautiful butterfly
Caterpillar will transform into a beautiful butterfly
  • There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. ~Winston Churchill
  • They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. ~Confucius
  • Change always comes bearing gifts. ~Price Pritchett
  • If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies. ~Author Unknown
  • The key to change... is to let go of fear. ~Rossane Cash
  • We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves. ~Lynn Hall
  • Change starts when someone sees the next step. ~William Drayton
  • If you want to truly understand something, try to change it. ~Kurt Lewin
  • Our only security is our ability to change. ~John Lilly
  • All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. ~Ellen Glasgow
  • The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. ~Nathaniel Branden
  • Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. ~Pauline R. Kezer
  • It's the most unhappy people who most fear change. ~Mignon McLaughlin

  • Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. ~Maria Robinson
  • It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ~Author unknown
  • Be the change you want to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi

       We must become the change we want to see. ~Mahatma Gandhi

  • A scholar who loves comfort is not fit to be called a scholar. ~Confucius
  • Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history. ~Joan Wallach Scott
  • Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become. ~Author Unknown
  • God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. ~Reinhold Niebuhr
  • Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. ~Arnold Bennett
  • Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. ~Francis Bacon
  • Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are. ~Bertold Brecht
  • Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted. ~Author Unknown
  • Keep constantly in mind in how many things you yourself have witnessed changes already. The universe is change, life is understanding. ~Marcus Aurelius
  • Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. ~Barack Obama

Thank you for taking the time to read these quotes. And remember CHANGE is happening as you are reading this hub. Allow me to end this compilation by saying: Change is the essence of existence.


After the CHANGE
After the CHANGE

Change Management

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    • jasonycc profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from South East Asia

      Don, thanks for your comment again. Change is a state of mind. Let's move out of our comfort zone and change! for the better of course...

    • DON BALDERAS profile image


      8 years ago

      Change is both about willingness and unwillingness. If willing, everything becomes possible. If not, the natural course happens.

    • jasonycc profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from South East Asia

      Ddraigcoch, thank you for your kind words.

    • jasonycc profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from South East Asia

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and belief with us, Tina. Truly appreciate it.

      Some people have more resistance to change. We need to give them a knock or two and lots of support for them to embrace change.

    • Ddraigcoch profile image


      9 years ago from UK

      Lovely hub with some beautiful quotes.

    • TINA V profile image

      TINA V 

      9 years ago

      Somebody asked me, “How can we change the world?” I simply replied, “I can’t change the world; neither can you. BUT we can all make a BIG DIFFERENCE in our own SMALL WAY.” This is my belief - - - “We cannot change another person unless they wanted to, but we can only change our own. However, we can influence someone else’s life to change.”

      These are great motivational quotes about “Change.” There’s wisdom behind these maxims. I’ll bookmark this hub.

    • jasonycc profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from South East Asia

      Katrina, thank you for taking the time to read these Change quotes. Yes, change is inevitable. Sometimes we change without knowing. We adapt.

    • katrinasui profile image


      10 years ago

      Great collection of change quotes. My favorite is "We change, whether we like it or not."

    • jasonycc profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from South East Asia

      Politicians promises will change into more promises... rarely turning into action or reality. Petra, I am glad you appreciate my quote hubs. I have the feeling that I share something in common with you with regards to politics. Thanks for visiting.

    • Petra Vlah profile image

      Petra Vlah 

      10 years ago from Los Angeles

      As always you shared a lot of wisdom and gave us some great quotes. Life is change, for better or for worse. The one thing that never changes is politics; things are almost the same no matter who is in power and the promised "changes" never happen.

    • jasonycc profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from South East Asia

      Thank you for your comment, SilentReed. Allow me to add - Change isn't good or bad. It's just the way of things. Nothing stays the same.

    • SilentReed profile image


      10 years ago from Philippines

      We think of change, but we are still govern by the immutable law of the Tao. ;)

    • jasonycc profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from South East Asia

      drjb, you are most welcome to do so. Thanks for adding another meaningful quote to this hub. This change quote is from the sportswriter Robert C. Gallagher. Good one. Cheers!

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      10 years ago from south Florida

      Great change quotes. May I add my favorite?

      Change is inevitable . . . except from a vending machine.


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