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Quotes About Accepting And Dealing With Change

Updated on May 17, 2012
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Change is inevitable. Some of us welcome change, some resist change and some ignore change but ultimately, change will come and everybody will have to learn to accept and deal with change. The following are quotes about accepting and dealing with change. I have included some personal insights along with each quote in the hope that it will elaborate on and add an extra dimension to each quote.

Nothing changes on New Year's Day. ~ Bono
You are the same person on New Year’s Day as you are on any other day of the year. Only that on New Year’s Day, you are a lot more motivated to achieve the changes that you have set for yourself. But if it doesn’t carry on past a few days after the new year, is it any wonder that most New Year’s resolutions are forgotten by the time February rolls around?

So, recognize that it isn’t who you are on New Year’s Day that is important, but who you are on the rest of the 364 days of the year. You can take a rest and party on New Year’s Day, but be the person that wants the change for the rest of the year. If you do that, nothing can stand in your way.

The key to change... is to let go of fear. ~ Rosanne Cash
Before you skip this one and go on to the next, pause for a minute. Most of us like to think of ourselves as fearless, so this is definitely not relevant to us. Well, I have no doubt that if a masked man brandishing a knife were to burst through the door right now, we would feel no fear and spring into action, ready to defend what is ours.

But the fear mentioned here is not that type of fear, it is a more insidious type of fear. It hides deep inside of you, so that even you do not know that it is there. But it will make its presence felt every time we step out of our comfort zone into uncharted territory. It will do whatever it can to keep us where we are, comfortable and safe, but ultimately, stagnant.

Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
Look at this in a positive way. You know how difficult it is to change yourself. So, when you are involved in somebody else’s change, don’t get discouraged when there are setbacks. They are just as resistant to change as you. So long as that person has a genuine desire to change, and is really putting in the effort, don’t give up on them.

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
Some people just cannot change. Maybe they don’t want to change, or they just want to stay where they are, or they want to change, but not in the way you want them to. Whatever the reason, getting such people to change would be like hitting your head on a brick wall. The brick wall doesn’t change, but your head would definitely undergo some rather undesirable changes.

So, the next time you are trying to get someone to change, and it’s not going very well, think of the brick wall. Your head will definitely not be able to do any kind of damage to the brick wall. So if it is a brick wall that you are facing, lay off. Sometimes the guy just needs a little time to chill for a bit. In his own good time, he will do what needs to be done. And at other times, maybe he knows what’s best for himself.

We change, whether we like it or not. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Change is happening constantly. You are not the same person that you were yesterday. What you have seen and experienced yesterday has changed you into the person that you are today. Usually, the change is small and incremental, and is not immediately evident even after periods of weeks or months. But, bit by bit, a new person with new thoughts, new emotions and a new outlook in life is emerging. And there is nothing you can do about it.

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.
If you are in a bad situation, you can take comfort in this. Things are never as bad as it seems, and so long as you work diligently to get out of whatever it is that you are in, things will get better. And if you are in a good situation, work hard so that when things change, you will be in an even better situation.


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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Great hub sharing quotes about change! Wonderful, thank you.

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks oceansnsunsets! :)

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      Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up and beautiful! Very good motivational message...

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks samsons1. This hub was partly for me too, I needed the motivation. :)

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      kschang 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      Need to be a bit longer. I'd make it 7 or 8 quotes, and retitle as "8 quotes on motivation for every morning" or something like that.

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      Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

      Very nice! Your take on these quotes is awesome.

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      kschang - I have always thought that the lesser the quotes the better. It isn't the list of quotes that's important, but whether it takes. It isn't about just reading the quotes, but really taking it to heart and I think too many quotes serves as a distraction.

      Anyway, any particular reason you chose the number 8?

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      clark farley 6 years ago

      Great Hub...perfect size

      (Cause otherwsie where would you stop?)

      Vwey helpful at this particular moment. Thanks

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      Jeremey - Thanks! :)

      clark farley - Thanks, and very glad that it was helpful. :)

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      Laura Deibel 6 years ago from Aurora

      These are some great thoughts--thx!

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      Laura in Denver - Thanks! :)

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      Amelia Griggs 6 years ago

      Great quotes, wandererh! I have some quotes that I keep on bulletin board and here's one that I like:

      "Courage is the power to let go of the familiar" by Raymond Linquist.

      You have good hubs!



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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      easylearningweb - I like your quote very much. I haven't been doing too much of letting go of the familiar recently and I need to do more of that. Thanks for the reminder! :)

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      WestOcean 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Inspirational quotes. A great hub.

      "There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered". - Nelson Mandela

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      WestOcean - That's a great quote. Thanks!

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Excellent reminder - and encouragement. Thank you.

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      frogyfish - I needed some reminding too as I'm also quite resistant to change sometimes. :)

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      Great quotes and a lovely Hub! thanks!

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      fucsia - Thanks! :)

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      Sympathy quotes 6 years ago

      Very nice collection of change related quotes, i like your insights too.

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks! :)

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      Mathew 5 years ago

      i like each lines, its great movation

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      David Lim 5 years ago from Singapore

      Mathew - Thanks! :)

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks - this is great encouragement to start the day - every day! Voted up and useful.

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      David Lim 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, SidKemp. :)

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