Quotes About Change

Quotes about change have the power to inspire, to spark imagination, and to effectively convey meaning.

I've selected these quotes from thousands for their relevance to change management, and because they've inspired me or added depth to a change management presentation.

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela
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Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013), 'A Long Walk to Freedom'


Quotes about change

  • Live, so you do not have to look back and say: 'God, how I have wasted my life' ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

  • All things must change to something new, to something strange.
    ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

  • Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
    ~ William James (1842-1910)

  • Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let's love turbulence and use it for change ~ Ramsay Clark

  • Change your thoughts and you change your world.
    ~ Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

  • Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities ~ William Bridges

  • Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better ` King Whitney Jr.

Change is the end result of all true learning - Dr Leo Buscaglia
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  • A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.
    ~ Pearl Buck (1892-1973)

  • Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change ~ Malcolm X (1925-1965)

  • We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing ~ R. D. Laing

  • Even God cannot change the past ~ Agathon (448 BC-400 BC)

  • It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
    ~ Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

  • There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
    ~ Nelson Mandela (1918-2013 ), 'A Long Walk to Freedom'

Use these quotes about change to create meaningful, possibility focused change for yourself or others.

  • Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
    ~ Carol Burnett (1936 - )

  • When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power ~ Hugh White (1773-1840)

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The best way to predict your future is to create it - Peter Drucker
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  • We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
    ~ Harrison Ford (1942- ), quoted by Garry Jenkins in 'Harrison Ford: Imperfect Hero' (1998)

  • They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
     ~ Andy Warhol (1928-1987), in The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (1975)

  • Affirmations are like prescriptions for certain aspects of yourself you want to change ~ Jerry Frankhauser

  • If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think ~ Oprah Winfrey (1954 - )

  • Everything is connected... no one thing can change by itself.
    ~ Paul Hawken

  • All appears to change when we change ~ Henri-Frédéric Amiel

  • Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world ~ Annie Lennox

  • Change is the process by which the future invades our lives.
    ~ Alvin Toffler

Your life does not get better by chanfe, it gets better by change - Jim Rohn
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  • The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for ~ Dan Millman

  • Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change in attitude.
    ~ Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923)

  • Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!
    ~ Og Mandino (1923-1996)

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