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Change quotes (134)

The philosophers have only interpreted the world; the thing however is to change it.
Karl Marx   Category: Change

Its the most unhappy people who most fear change.
Mignon McLaughlin   Category: Change

To change your language you must change your life.
Derek Walcott   Category: Change

To change ones life: 1. Start immediately 2. Do it flamboyantly 3. No exceptions.
William James   Category: Change

Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there.
Elizabeth Clarke Dunn   Category: Change

Change starts when someone sees the next step.
William Drayton   Category: Change

Weep not that the world changes did it keep a stable changeless state it were cause indeed to weep.
William Cullen Bryant   Category: Change

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
Carol Burnett   Category: Change

Christians are supposed not merely to endure change nor even to profit by it but to cause it.
Harry Emerson Fosdick   Category: Change

SEINE n. A kind of net for effecting an involuntary change of environment. For fish it is made strong and coarse but women are more easily taken with a singularly delicate fabric weighted with small cut stones.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce   Category: Change

Civilization exists by geological consent subject to change without notice.
Will Durant   Category: Change

Believe if thou wilt that mountains change their place But believe not that man changes his nature.
Mohammed   Category: Change

Perfection is immutable. But for things imperfect change is the way to perfect them.
Owen Feltham   Category: Change

All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every second.
Henry David Thoreau   Category: Change

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
Max Depree   Category: Change

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

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we changing continue to love a changed person.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Change

Contact is all it takes to change your life to lose your place in time. Contact asleep or awake Coming around you may wake up to find questions deep within your eyes Things you never realized.
Van Halen   Category: Change

Don't fear change, embrace it.
   Category: Change

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
Harrison Ford   Category: Change

Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself.
Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy   Category: Change

It is change continuing change inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is but the world as it will be.... This in turn means that our statesmen our businessmen our every man must take on a science fictional way of thinking.
Isaac Asimov   Category: Change

Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid changing it.
Elaine St. James   Category: Change

During periods of discontinuous abrupt change the essence of adaptation involves a keen sensitivity to what should be abandoned not what should be changed or introduced. A willingness to depart from the familiar has distinct survival value.
Peter F. Drucker   Category: Change

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.
W. Edwards Denning   Category: Change

Controversial proposals once accepted soon become hallowed.
Dean Acheson   Category: Change

How queer everything is today! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if Ive been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if Im not the same the next question is Who in the world am I? Ah thats the great puzzle!
Lewis Carroll   Category: Change

Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have of trying to change others.
Jacob Braude   Category: Change

Everything is good when it leaves the hands of the Creator; everything degenerates in the hands of man.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Change

When it is not necessary to change it is necessary not to change.
Lucius Cary Viscount Falkland   Category: Change

They are the weakest-minded and the hardest-hearted men that most love change.
John Ruskin   Category: Change

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
Harold Wilson   Category: Change

... it is worth discussing radical changes not in the expectation that they will be adopted promptly but for two other reasons. One is to construct an ideal goal so that incremental changes can be judged by whether they move the institutional structure toward or away from that ideal. The other reason is very different. It is so that if a crisis requiring or facilitating radical change does arise alternatives will be available that have been carefully developed and fully explored.
Milton Friedman   Category: Change

That man is a creature who needs order yet yearns for change is the creative contradiction at the heart of the laws which structure his conformity and define his deviancy.
Freda Adler   Category: Change

If we don't change direction soon well end up where were going.
Irwin Corey   Category: Change

Change is one thing progress is another. Change is scientific progress is ethical; change is indubitable whereas progress is a matter of controversy.
Bertrand Russell   Category: Change

Human beings by change renew rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Change

Simply pushing harder within the old boundaries will not do.
Karl Weick   Category: Change

Such is the state of life that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it the next wish is to change again. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.
Dr. Samuel Johnson   Category: Change

In this world of change naught which comes stays and naught which goes is lost.
Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine   Category: Change

He who rejects change is the architect of decay.
James Harold Wilson   Category: Change

If youre in a bad situation don't worry itll change. If youre in a good situation don't worry itll change.
John A. Simone Sr.   Category: Change

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
Harry S. Truman   Category: Change

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils for time is the greatest innovator.
Francis Bacon   Category: Change

Change is such hard work.
Billy Crystal   Category: Change

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   Category: Change

In all things that involve social pressures if we want to see change we have to force the envelope outwards.
Gary Lee Phillips   Category: Change

The Moving Finger writes; and having writ Moves on; nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.
Omar Khayyam   Category: Change

If you aint the lead dog the scenery never changes.
Edmund Wilson   Category: Change

People change and forget to tell eachother.
Lillian Hellman   Category: Change

Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents. New harmonies new contrasts new combinations of every sort. Nothing ever happens twice alike. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other to their work to surrounding objects. The most tranquil house with the most serene inhabitants living upon the utmost regularity of system is yet exemplifying infinite diversities.
Henry Ward Beecher   Category: Change

Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself / herself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his or her own life.
Herbert Otto   Category: Change

If there is anything we wish to change in the child we should first examine it and see whether it is something that could better be changed in ourselves.
Carl Gustav Jung   Category: Change

There is a certain relief in change even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in traveling in a stagecoach that it is often a comfort to shift ones position and be bruised in a new place.
Washington Irving   Category: Change

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   Category: Change

A wise man changes his mind a fool never.
Proverb   Category: Change

To exist is to change to change is to mature to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
Henri Louis Bergson   Category: Change

To live is to change And to be perfect is to have changed often.
Cardinal John Henry Newman   Category: Change

The moving finger writes; and having writ Moves on: not all your piety nor wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a line Nor all your tears wash out a word of it.
Edward Fitzgerald   Category: Change

The climate of our culture is changing. Under these new rains new suns small things grow great and what was great grows small; whole species disappear and are replaced.
Randall Jarrell   Category: Change

The more things change the more they are the same.
Alphonse Karr   Category: Change

They change the sky not their soul who run across the sea. Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt
Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace   Category: Change

Change is not made without inconvenience even from worse to better.
Richard Hooker   Category: Change

It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: 'And this too shall pass away.' How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! how consoling in the depth of affliction! Many versions of this story exist. Another one is: The Sultan asked for a Signet motto that should hold good for Adversity or Prosperity. Solomon gave him This also shall pass away.' Edward Fitzgerald Polonius: A Collection of Wise Saws and Modern Instances item 112 p. 80 (1901). The words In neez bogzarad which can be translated This also shall pass appear in the Diven of the twelfth century Persian poet and philosopher SanaI of Ghaznl ed. Mazahir Musaffa p. 92 (1957).
Abraham Lincoln   Category: Change

There is nothing permanent except change.
Heraclitus   Category: Change

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn ... and change.
Carl Ransom Rogers   Category: Change

It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change.
Kung Fu-tzu Confucius   Category: Change

Never change when love has found its home.
Propertius Sextus   Category: Change

As human beings our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world that is the myth of the atomic age as in being able to remake ourselves.
Mahatma Gandhi   Category: Change

Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.
Unknown   Category: Change

None of us knows what the next change is going to be what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner waiting a few months or a few years to change all the tenor of our lives.
Kathleen Norris   Category: Change

L have no fear of change as such and on the other hand no liking for it merely for its own sake.
Robert Moses   Category: Change

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Andre Gide   Category: Change

Its never too late never too late to start over never too late to be happy.
Jane Fonda   Category: Change

A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
Edmund Burke   Category: Change

Change in all things is sweet.
Aristotle   Category: Change

The old order changeth yielding place to new And God fulfills himself in many ways Lest one good custom should corrupt the world. Comfort thyself: what comfort is in me? I have lived my life and that which I have done May he within himself make pure! but thou If thou shouldst never see my face again Pray for my soul....
Lord Alfred Tennyson   Category: Change

Unless youre lead dog the scenery never changes.
Hannah Whitall Smith   Category: Change

Man has a limited biological capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed the capacity is in future shock.
Alvin Toffler   Category: Change

Consider how hard it is to change yourself and youll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
Jacob M. Braude   Category: Change

The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world but to change it.
Colin Wilson   Category: Change

Familiarity may breed contempt in some areas of human behavior but in the field of social ideas it is the touchstone of acceptability.
J. William Galbraith   Category: Change

During our short sojourn here we are constantly changing. There is no such a thing as remaining always the same in any particular element. Our thoughts change. Our actions are not the same today as they were yesterday. We are constantly gathering new ideas either bettering our lives or making ourselves more unhappy. Collecting the beauties and sweets of this life is like gathering favorite roses from among the tangled briars. We pay dearly for the pleasure of having them. Yet we are told that this is but a preparatory school and the lessons we learn here are to make us more competent to enter into the higher departments of heaven. Let us strive on.
G. N. Breed Brookings   Category: Change

What single ability do we all have? The ability to change.
George Leonard Andrews   Category: Change

The only difference between a rut and a grave is their depth.
Gerald Burrill   Category: Change

Some people change their ways when they see the light; others when they feel the heat.
Caroline Schroeder   Category: Change

Only fools and dead men don't change their minds. Fools wont. Dead men cant.
John H. Patterson   Category: Change

I thought I could change the world. It took me a hundred years to figure out I cant change the world. I can only change Bessie. And honey that aint easy either.
Annie Elizabeth Delany   Category: Change

We have only to change the point of view And the greatest action looks mean.
William Makepeace Thackeray   Category: Change

The world hates change yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
Charles Franklin Kettering   Category: Change

Since tis Natures law to change Constancy alone is strange.
John Wilmot   Category: Change

I don't think that a leader can control to any great extent his destiny. Very seldom can he step in and change the situation if the forces of history are running in another direction.
Richard Milhouse Nixon   Category: Change

If you don't like the way the world is you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.
Marian Wright Edelman   Category: Change

Fortune does not change men; it unmasks them.
Suzanne Necker   Category: Change

Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine.
Robert C. Gallagher   Category: Change

Change alone is eternal perpetual immortal.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Change

When youre through changing youre through.
Bruce Barton   Category: Change

A person needs at intervals to separate himself from family and companions and go to new places. He must go without his familiars in order to be open to influences to change.
Katharine Butler Hathaway   Category: Change

Change does not necessarily assure progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them.
Henry Steele Commager   Category: Change

The problem is not whether business will survive in competition with business but whether any business will survive at all in the face of social change.
Laurence J. McGinley   Category: Change

Any change even a change for the better is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
Arnold Bennett   Category: Change

We are restless because of incessant change but we would be frightened if change were stopped.
Lyman L. Bryson   Category: Change

Change is the constant the signal for rebirth the egg of the phoenix.
Christina Baldwin   Category: Change

I soon found out you cant change the world. The best you can do is to learn to live with it.
Henry Miller   Category: Change

All change is not growth as all movement is not forward.
Ellen Glasgow   Category: Change

Without accepting the fact that everything changes we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately although it is true it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience we suffer.
Shunryu Suzuki   Category: Change

For an introvert his environment is himself and can never be subject to startling or unforeseen change.
Quentin Crisp   Category: Change

Its not Jerusalem Its not Baghdad. Its not Bolivia. Its Oklahoma.
V. Z. Lawton   Category: Change

Without change something sleeps inside us and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.
Frank Herbert   Category: Change

All mankind is divided into three classes: those who are immovable those who are movable; and those who move.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Change

If we don't change direction we will arrive at where we are going.
Richard L. Evans   Category: Change

If you want to truly understand something try to change it.
Kurt Lewin   Category: Change

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
Walter Bagehot   Category: Change

Politicians are like baby diapers. They need to be changed frequently and for the same reason!
Larry L. Taylor   Category: Change

If you don't like something change it; if you cant change it change the way you think about it.
Mary Engelbreit   Category: Change

If there is one word which characterizes our world in this exciting last half of the twentieth century the word is change. Change in political life change in economic life change is social life change in personal life. Change is the hallmark of our times. It's not gradual comfortable change. It is sudden rapid often violent. It touches and often disrupts whole cultures and hundreds of millions of people. Behind it all lies an explosive growth in scientific knowledge and accomplishment. Some 90 per cent of all the scientists who ever lived are living today and the total accumulation of scientific knowledge is doubling every ten years. But this is reality. If we remember that then we will never flinch at change. We will adjust to it welcome it meet it as a friend and know it as God's will.
Eric Johnson   Category: Change

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events and in the total ;of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
Robert Francis Kennedy   Category: Change

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Change

To be true I must fully accept that at this moment I can only be what I am ... no more no less; however with the inevitable passing of each moment of time I will gradually but surely change ... to become more or less better or worse stronger or weaker. My choice is the direction of change: it is mine alone. The only true competition is this rivalry with my changing self. It is the very basis of the grand eternal plan.
C. Smith Sumner   Category: Change

Money does not change men it only unmasks them.
Mme. Riccoboni   Category: Change

Thats the risk you take if you change: that people youve been involved with wont like the new you. But other people who do will come along.
Lisa Alther   Category: Change

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.
Guatama Buddha   Category: Change

If we don't change we don't grow. If we don't grow we arent really living.
Gail Sheehy   Category: Change

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
Aldous Huxley   Category: Change

All things change nothing is extinguished.... There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.
Publius Ovidius Naso Ovid   Category: Change

Because things are the way they are things will not stay the way they are.
Bertolt Brecht   Category: Change

Every public action which is not customary either is wrong or if it is right is a dangerous precedent. It follows that nothing should ever be done for the first time.
Francis Macdonald Cornford   Category: Change

We emphasize that we believe in change because we were born of it we have lived by it we prospered and grew great by it. So the status quo has never been our god and we ask no one else to bow down before it.
Carl T. Rowan   Category: Change

I wanted a perfect ending. Now Ive learned the hard way that some poems don't rhyme and some stories don't have a clear beginning middle and end. Life is about not knowing having to change taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing whats going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.
Gilda Radner   Category: Change

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
Maya Angelou   Category: Change

Just because everything is different doesnt mean anything has changed.
Irene Peter   Category: Change

Why abandon a belief merely because it ceases to be true? Cling to it long enough and it will turn true again for so it goes. Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
Robert Frost   Category: Change

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 life before we can enter into another!
Anatole France   Category: Change

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Change