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100 Quotes About Change That Will Inspire You To Live Better

Looking for inspirational quotes about change? Here are some of our favorite change quotes!

What is it about change that is so hard? Even for the strongest and most self-disciplined of us, it does not come easy. We change for many reasons, because we need to change, because we want to change, and because it is the right thing to do. What gives us the courage to have the strength and courage to make real and lasting change?

Change Quotes for Life, Love and the Art of Letting Go

1.) The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
― Albert Einstein

quotes about change in life

2.) “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”


quotes about change in life

3.) “One day spent with someone you love can change everything.”

― Mitch Albom, For One More Day

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4.) “True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”

Leo Tolstoy

inspirational change quotes about life and love

5.) Your success in life isn’t based on your ability to simply change. It is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers, and business.

― Mark Sanborn

quotes about change in life

6.) “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”

― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

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7.)  “Let him who would move the world first move himself.”


quotes about change in life

8.) “But you’re so busy changing the world

Just one smile can change all of mine”

― Jack Johnson

quotes about change in life

9.) “You can’t stop the future

You can’t rewind the past

The only way to learn the secret

…is to press play.”

― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

quotes about change in life

Change Quotes About Life

10.) Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

― Margaret Mead

quotes about change in life

11.) Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.

― Arnold Bennett

quotes about change in life

12.) “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

― Lao Tzu


13.) “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”

― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment


14.) “No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side.

Or you don’t.”

― Stephen King, The Stand


15.) If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

― Maya Angelou


16.) “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

― William Jennings Bryan


17.) “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”

― Brené Brown


18.) “Sure, everything is ending,” Jules said, “but not yet.”

― Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad


19.) “Nothing is as painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”

― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Quotes About Change In the World

20.) Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

― Mahatma Gandhi


21.) Change is inevitable. Change is constant.

― Benjamin Disraeli


22.) “Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.”

― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish


23.) Just Because…..“Fashion changes, but style endures.”

― Coco Chanel


24.) “If you love deeply, you’re going to get hurt badly. But it’s still worth it.”

― C.S. Lewis


25.) I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

― Mother Teresa


26.) “Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works?”

― Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard


27.) “Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. ”

― William S. Burroughs


28.) “If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.”

― Katharine Hepburn


29.) “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

― Nelson Mandela

Quotes About Change and choices

30.) Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.

― John Kenneth Galbraith


31.) When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.

― Benjamin Franklin


32.) “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

― Barack Obama


33.) “I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”

― Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point


34.) “Things changed, people changed, and the world went rolling along right outside the window.”

― Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle


35.) The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. -Nathaniel Branden


36.) “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

― Wayne W. Dyer


37.) “The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.”

― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience


38.) “Change not only was inevitable, but usually brought its own rewards.”

― Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song


39.) “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

― Margaret Mead

Quotes About Change in Politics and Business

40.) Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. -John F. Kennedy


41.) The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.

― Bill Clinton


42.) “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

― Barack Obama


43.) “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”

― Madonna


44.) “I realized how truly hard it was, really, to see someone you love change right before your eyes. Not only is it scary, it throws your balance off as well.”

― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever


45.) Change your thoughts and you change your world. –Norman Vincent Peale


46.) “Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”

― Eckhart Tolle


47.) “Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others– it only changes yours.”

― Shannon L. Alder, 300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It’s Too Late


48.) “To change one’s life:

  1. Start immediately.
  2. Do it flamboyantly.
  3. No exceptions.”

― William James


49.) “Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”

― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


Quotes About Change and letting go

50.) People can cry much easier than they can change.

― James Baldwin


51.) The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.

― Charles Kettering


52.) “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

― Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol


53.) “You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”

― Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass


54.) “Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.”

― Shannon L. Alder


55.) People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.

― Peter Senge


56.) “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

― Mother Teresa


57.) “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”

― Milton Berle


58.) “Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.”

― Helen Exley


59.) “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

― Leo Tolstoy

Quotes About Change In Life

60.) Change before you have to.

― Jack Welch


61.) If you don’t like change, you will like irrelevance even less.

― General Eric Shinseki


62.) “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large — I contain multitudes.”

― Walt Whitman


63.) “Growing up happens when you start having things you look back on and wish you could change ― Clary Fray”

― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes


64.) “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

― Alan W. Watts


65.) You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

― R. Buckminster Fuller


66.) “We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.”

― Katharine Hepburn, Me: Stories of My Life


67.) “Don’t confuse poor decision-making with destiny. Own your mistakes. It’s ok; we all make them. Learn from them so they can empower you!”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free


68.) “A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.”

― Helen Keller


69.) “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”

― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Change quotes about letting go

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

― Harold Wilson


71.) Change means that what was before wasn’t perfect. People want things to be better. -Esther Dyson


72.) “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche


73.) “Change, like healing, takes time.”

― Veronica Roth, Allegiant


74.) “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”

― Martin Luther


75.) Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better. -Sydney J. Harris


76.) “And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”

― Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing


77.) “When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.”

― Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol in His Own Words


78.) “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

― Steve Jobs


79.) “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

― Rob Siltanen

Change quotes about life

80.) I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.

― Georg C. Lichtenberg


81.) Resistance at all cost is the most senseless act there is.

― Friedrich Durrenmatt


82.) “I have accepted fear as part of life – specifically the fear of change… I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back….”

― Erica Jong


83.) “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.

To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

― R. Buckminster Fuller


84.) “We are the change we have been waiting for.”

― Barack Obama


85.) It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.

― W. Edwards Deming


86.) “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

― George Bernard Shaw


87.) “I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.”

― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience


88.) “Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”

― Maya Angelou


89.) And just for fun… “Change is inevitable–except from a vending machine.”

― Robert C. Gallagher

Change quotes about people

90.) When people shake their heads because we are living in a restless age, ask them how they would like to life in a stationary one, and do without change.

― George Bernard Shaw


91.) If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.

― Gail Sheehy


92.) “The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.”

― Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss


93.) “Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not.”

― Stephen King, The Green Mile


94.) “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

― Winston S. Churchill


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

― Winston Churchill


96.) “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai


97.) “Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free


98.) “We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.”

― Walter Mosley, Blue Light


99.) To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

― Winston Churchill


100.) Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

― George Bernard Shaw


Now that you are armed with all sorts of powerful advice and motivation to change, go out and us it. Be who you want to be, don’t question yourself or your abilities, and most of all, always believe in yourself and that you can be whomever you want to be.

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