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50 Growing Up Quotes About Change, Growth and Life

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Change is something that many people do not handle well. Positive or negative, change carries with it a certain level of stress.

How we deal with that change, how we embrace it, and what we choose to learn from it, is up to us. Hopefully, these quotes can help you find that acceptance and gift that change can bring in your own life.



Inspirational Growing Up Quotes

1.) “No Work so great, but what admits decay,

No Act so glorious, but must fade away…

Old things must yield to New, Common to Strange,

Perpetual Motion, brings perpetual Change.” James Miller (1706–1744), Harlequin-Horace: Or, The Art of Modern Poetry, 1731


2.) “Who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.”- Harold Wilson


3.) “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.”- Anatole France


4.) “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”- Viktor Frankl


5.) “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


6.) “If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”- Mary Engelbreit


7.) “It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.”- W. Edwards Deming (Thanks, Michelle)


8.) “Every hour proves to us that change and decay are written upon all things earthly. As surely will the proudest monuments of human labor pass away, as the morning mist from among the hills. If we can look upon the past and behold the ravages of time, or on the present and not feel his powerful influence upon ourselves and the things around us, then indeed will our future be dark and cheerless.”- Charles Lanman, ‘Musings,’ 1840


9.) “You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler.”- Denis Waitley


Growing Up Quotes about Life and Time


10.) “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.


11.) “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


12.) “When you are through changing, you are through.”- Bruce Barton


13.) “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


14.) “Life is change.”- Heraclitus of Ephesus


15.) “Change is inevitable — except from a vending machine.”- Robert C. Gallagher


16.) “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


Growing Up Quotes about Changing for the Better


17.) “What can we take on trust

in this uncertain life? Happiness, greatness,

pride — nothing is secure, nothing keeps.”- Euripides, Hecuba


18.) “They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.”- Confucius


19.) “It is a pleasant feeling to be the first to walk on sands which the tide has just left. It is like being the first to visit a new land. It produces a freshness of sensation something akin to that of early morning, or of spring. It is like entering upon a new stage of life, having a new world before us from which to receive, and upon which to make impressions.”- Henry James Slack (1818–1896), The Ministry of the Beautiful, ‘Conversation II: Footsteps on the Sand,’ 1850 [Lyulph speaking —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


20.) “The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.”- Ellen Glasgow


21.) “There were no violins or warning bells… no sense that my little life was about to change. But we never know, do we? Life turns on a dime.”- Stephen King, 11/22/63, 2011


22.) “Life is its own journey, presupposes its own change and movement, and one tries to arrest them at one’s eternal peril.”- Laurens van der Post


23.) “Growth is the only evidence of life.”- John Henry Newman, Apologia pro vita sua, 1864


24.) “The past is the present, and the present the future, to the non-progressive mind.”- James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher’s Stone, 1882


25.) “Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.”- Faith Baldwin


26.) “The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one.”- William H. Seward


27.) “The birds are molting. If only man could molt also — his mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year its useless passions.”- James Allen


28.) “The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.”- William Blake


29.) “Man’s yesterday may ne’er be like his morrow;

Nought may endure but Mutability.”- Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘Mutability’


30.) “You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.”- Author Unknown


31.) “Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them.”- Marcel Proust


32.) “Stubbornness does have its helpful features. You always know what you are going to be thinking tomorrow.”- Glen Beaman


33.) “It is strange and wonderful what changes may be wrought by a few fleeting months, on the human frame, and the human heart.”- Elizabeth J. Eames, ‘An Autumn Reverie,’ October 1840


34.) “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.”- Chinese Proverb


35.) “I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed.”- George Carlin


Growing Up Quotes about Changing for the Better


36.) “Must the old joys be evermore withholden?

Even their memory keeps me pure and true;

And yet, God speaketh, ‘I make all things new.’” – Sarah Doudney, ‘Between the Lights,’ c.1875


37.) “Change may come to you in trinkets and I hope it adorns your life gracefully.”- Dodinsky,


38.) “People and their rituals. They cling to things so hard sometimes.”- Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008


39.) “For either or both ways all minds are always,

Morning and noon and night, sleeping and waking,

Summer and winter, always, always changing…”- James Henry, ‘Love,’ 1855 December 26th


40.) “The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down.”- Jawaharlal Nehru


41.) “What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.”- Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960


42.) “We would rather be ruined than changed;

We would rather die in our dread

Than climb the cross of the moment

And let our illusions die.” – W.H. Auden


43.) “You never have a friend all figured out. Just when you think you know what makes them tick, they tock.”- Robert Brault,


44.) “All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.”- Ellen Glasgow



Did any of these quotes about growing up resonate with you?

Many people do not handle any type of change well, and they prefer to live a life that is consistent and the same each day. This manages their anxiety, and assures them that they always know what’s coming next. The problem is that, life does not work like that.

Change is inevitable. It’s what makes us grow up. You never know when you – or your life – can change forever.

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  1. Abdul Majeed

    August 1, 2018 at 10:04 am

    You make my day. As after reading these thoughts I feel so happy and active that I have no words to explain it.

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