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Don't Get Too Attached To The Status Quo: Quotes About Change

Updated on February 2, 2017

Like many people, I am often ambivalent about change. While certain changes—buying a new sweater or making a new friend—are typically positive, there are many less enjoyable changes which occur in life: losing a job, ending a relationship, and putting a beloved pet to sleep.

Not surprisingly, many people have commented on the phenomenon of change. These quotes were found in my quote collection. Knowing me, I’ll likely soon acquire more quotes about change. After all, one thing in my life which is continually changing and growing is my quote collection. Enjoy!


Ernest Becker: “There are two basic ways to experience a radical change: to undergo a nervous breakdown and to fall in love. And love is preferable. Love, if we can move beyond projecting onto another person and see them as they really are, also makes us more aware of who we are.”

“To be an American is to move on, as if we would outrun change. To attach oneself to place is to surrender to it, and suffer with it.” Kathleen Norris

Amy Boesky: “It’s easier to chart out the beginnings of things, I suppose, than the end of them. I looked at Sacha, whose laser focus was now beamed on crawling. It was hard to put into words how peculiar it felt, watching the efforts she made, shooting away from me. Our drive to separate seems so much stronger at times than our drive to connect. Or, maybe, separating, we just need to find new ways to come together.”


“We were learning to think in seasons instead of days or weeks. Provence wasn’t going to change its tempo for us.” Peter Mayle, A Year in Provence

Antole France: “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is a part of ourselves; we must die to one other life before we can enter into another.”

“I feel that I have changed and changed and changed, like Ulysses’s ship changed one part at a time until every part has been replaced. It seems strange that after two years, everyone here is still talking about the same things…” Jamie Zeppa, Beyond The Sky And The Earth


Lord Byron: “I am not now that which I have been.”

“The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.” Maya Angelou

C.S. Lewis: “And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must hatch or go bad.”

“I take pleasure in my ‘transformations.’ I look quiet and consistent, but few know how many women there are in me.” Anais Nin

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” Lewis Carrol, Alice In Wonderland

“It is August. My life is going to change. I feel it.” Raymond Carver, “Fat”

Donald Miller: “It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen.”

“Why had she changed? Why should anything ever change? Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose, his high-school French had taught him to say, a phrase he loved to repeat—doesn’t that mean that the more everything changes, the more it all stays the same? It’s supposed to.” Patricia Hampl, The Florist’s Daughter

“But things never happen the same way twice.” C.S. Lewis, “Prince Caspian

Author Donald Miller


Helen Keller: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”

“Humanity remakes the world in an accelerating cycle of change that strips away our stories as well as the topsoil. Our era’s breathtaking changes flatten collective memory, blur precedence, sever lines of responsibility. (What disconcerts us about Suburbia? Not just its sameness, but its absence of time. We crave a past in our landscapes.)” Paul Salopek, “Out of Eden”

“It might be time for you to go. It might be time to change, to shine out.

I want to repeat one word for you:


Roll the word around on your tongue for a bit. It’s a beautiful word, isn’t it? So strong and forceful, the way you have always wanted to be. And you will not be alone. You have never been alone. Don’t worry. Everything will still be here when you get back. It is you who will have changed.” Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts

Acquiring a puppy is usually a positive change.
Acquiring a puppy is usually a positive change. | Source

Abraham Lincoln: “I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw

Henry David Thoreau: “Things do not change; we change.”

“Things don’t have to change the world to be important.” Steve Jobs

Viktor E. Frankl: “When we are no longer able to change a situation—we are challenged to change ourselves.”

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Winston Churchill

Hugh Prather: “Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.”

“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.” Victor Hugo

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

Are you also glad that leaves change color in the autumn months?
Are you also glad that leaves change color in the autumn months? | Source

Bob Dylan


“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” A.C. Benson

Carl Rogers: “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

“There is nothing so stable as change.” Bob Dylan

Soren Kierkegaard: “Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.”

Andy Andrews: “We’re either in a crisis, coming out of a crisis, or headed for a crisis.”


“That’s the thing about a human life—there’s no control group, no way to know how any of us would have turned out if any of the variables had been changed.” Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“John Steinbeck once wrote that it was the nature of humans as they grew older to complain about change, especially change for the better. I have never really had that particular problem. Change loves me, defines me and stalks me like a laser-guided smart bomb. It comes at me in all forms, suddenly and with enormous impact, from making shifts in work to having and raising a kid to buying a cabin on a distant mountaintop. Sometimes change comes on four legs.” Jon Katz, A Dog Year

“Change is invigorating, but chaos is destructive.” Jon Katz, A Dog Year


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    • Julie K Henderson profile image

      Julie K Henderson 2 years ago

      Thank you. I, too, like the quote from Thoreau. I've enjoyed looking at some of your hubs with quotes.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I've written some hubs built around quotes myself. I always enjoy inspirational quotes. I like the one by Thoreau. "Things don't change. We change." Looking back on things, even just simple things like an old movie, I see how much I have changed. Voted up I and U.

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      Julie K Henderson 2 years ago

      Thank you. I do as well.

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      Tanya Thistleton 2 years ago from Victoria

      Love the Abraham Lincoln quote

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      Julie K Henderson 2 years ago

      Thank you. I am also a fan of the John Lennon quote about life happening when you are busy making other plans. My life has included quite a few detours I couldn't have predicted.

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      Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      Fabulous article! One of my favorite quotes is by John Lennon: "Life is what happens while we are making other plans." I can attest to the fact that my own life has been full of unexpected changes.

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      Julie K Henderson 2 years ago

      You are welcome. Good luck taking a risk or two.

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      pinkhawk 2 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      Need to decide on something and it brought me here, now I can feel that it's time to take the risk! Thanks for this inspiring hub. :-)