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Quotes About Change

Updated on March 5, 2013

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

-Andy Warhol

"Things do not change; we change."

-Henry David Thoreau

"Nothing endures but change."


"Change your thoughts and you change your world."

-Norman Vincent Peale

"Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly."

-Sir Francis Bacon

"He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator."

-Sir Francis Bacon

"When you are through changing, you are through."

-Bruce Barton

"Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others."

-Jacob M Braude

"Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change."


"They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom."


"Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks."

-Doug Larson

"The real sadness of fifty is not that you change so much but that you change so little."

-Max Lerner

"If you want truly to understand something, try to change it."

-Kurt Lewin

"Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare."

-Dale Carnegie

"A wish changes nothing. A decision changes everything."


"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."


"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."

-Washington Irving

"The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble."

-Henry Miller

"The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me."

-George Bernard Shaw

"We are chameleons, and our partialities and prejudices change place with an easy and blessed facility, and we are soon wonted to the change and happy in it."

-Mark Twain

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

-Harold Wilson

"The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything -- or nothing."

-Lady Nancy Astor

"Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight."

-Marcus Aelius Aurelius

"It is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one."

-Sir Francis Bacon

"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."

-James Arthur Baldwin

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world."

-Joel Barker

"I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them."

-Samuel Beckett

"If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come." Job 14:14

-The Bible

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family."

-Anthony Brandt

"Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made; Our times are in his hand who saith, "A whole I planned, Youth shows but half; trust God: See all, nor be afraid!"

-Robert Browning

"We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature."

-Edmund Burke

"Look abroad through Nature's range, Nature's mighty law is change."

-Robert Burns

"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."

-Winston Churchill

"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts."

-Albert Einstein

"Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce?"

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change."


"It is not strange ... to mistake change for progress."

-Millard Fillmore

"One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life."

-Anatole France

"He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world."

-Benjamin Franklin

"Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor."

-Robert Lee Frost

"The tiger can't change his spots. No, wait, he did! Good for him!"

-Jack Handey

"In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there have always been times like these."

-Paul Harvey

"In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world which no longer exists."

-Eric Hoffer

"Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while."

-Kin Hubbard


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    Quotes About Change 7 years ago

    There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction

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    ed77burns 7 years ago

    It gives me great inspiration and motivation towards positive life.

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    Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

    Great quotes. I noticed a few were by the same people. Did they have experience in change? :)