75 Best Quotes About Change To Motivate & Inspire You (2023)

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75 Best Quotes About Change 1. "Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." —Arnold Bennett 2. “The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.” —Kiran Desai 3. "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 4. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” —Wayne W. Dyer 5. “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” —Fyodor Dostoevsky 6. “Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes.” —Roy T. Bennett 7. “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 8. "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." —Socrates 9. "All great changes are preceded by chaos." —Deepak Chopra 10. "Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same." 11. "Don't make a change too complicated, just begin." 12. "You send out an energetic field that affects the world around you, with that heart energy, you have the power to change your world." 13. "Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change." —Jim Rohn 14. "Small changes eventually add up to huge results." 15. "Action is the key to all success." —Pablo Picasso 16. “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 17. “This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” ―Taylor Swift 18. "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." —Walter Isaacson 19. "Life is about change. Sometimes it's painful. Sometimes it's beautiful. But most of the time, it's both." —Lana Lang 20. "Don't expect to see a change if you don't make one." 21. "Worrying about something you can't change will forever be the biggest waste of your time." 22. "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." ―Mahatma Gandhi 23. "Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won't have a title until much later." —Bob Goff 24. "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." —Leo Tolstoy 25. "The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking." —Albert Einstein 26. "Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby: awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess." ―Lemony Snicket 27. "We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are." —Max Depree 28. "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 29. "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 30. "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 31. "You can't change what's going on around you until you start changing what's going on within you." —Zig Ziglar 32. "Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over, instead of craving control over what you don't." ―Steve Maraboli 33. "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 34. "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." ―Rumi 35. "If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you." —Fred DeVito 36. "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." ―Mother Teresa 37. "And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time." ―Libba Bray 38. "You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it." ―Neil Gaiman​ 39. “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 40. "Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong." —Mandy Hale 41. "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​ 42. "How would your life be different if... You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day... You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey." ―Steve Maraboli 43. "Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone." ―J.D. Salinger 44. "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." —Alan W. Watts 45. "One day spent with someone you love can change everything." ―Mitch Albom​ 46. “Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” —Walt Whitman 47. “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody.” —Stephen Chbosky 48. “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 49. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” —Nelson Mandela 50. "Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change." ―Mary Shelley 51. "Change, like healing, takes time." ―Veronica Roth 52. "Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." —George Bernard Shaw 53. "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​ 54. "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 55. "You never change things by fighting the existing reality." —R. Buckminister Fuller 56. "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​ 57. "You've changed me forever. And I'll never forget you." ―Kiera Cass 58. "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 59. "You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." —C.S. Lewis Related Stories From YourTango: 60. "I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I'm supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I'm praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things." —Mother Teresa 61. "Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone." —Billy Cox 62. "She remembered who she was and the game changed." —Lelah Deliah 63. "Open-minded people don't care to be right, they care to understand. There's never a right or wrong answer. Everything is about understanding." 64. "One day or day one. You decide." —Paulo Coelho 65. "It's okay to be scared. Being scared means you're about to do something really, really brave." —Mandy Hale 66. "You're always one decision away from a totally different life." —Mark Batterson 67. "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." —Barack Obama 68. "When it feels scary to jump, that's exactly when you jump. Otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life. And that I can't do." —Abel Morales 69. "It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform." —Roy T. Bennett 70. "You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way." —Jennifer J. Freeman 71. "Old ways won't open new doors." 72. "The best time for new beginnings is now." 73. "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 74. "Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." —Steve Jobs 75. "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein More for You: Sign up for YourTango's free newsletter! FAQs Videos

Change can be scary. It doesn't matter if you're going through a small change or a big one — doing something totally different than you're used to is terrifying.

To put your mind at ease, it's helpful to look at quotes about change and strength, which can give you the inspiration you need to get over even your hardest obstacles.

Embracing change might be exactly what you need, but taking those first few steps can seem almost impossible.

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Of course, it will be scary — most changes are — but that doesn't mean it won't lead to something amazing. Rather, finding the courage to be exactly who and where you want to be in life is admirable.

Accepting and dealing with change differs for everyone. Learning how to do what's right for you and only you will make change seem less scary. There's always time to change your life for the better.

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These quotes will help you realize that life happens, no matter what. But when you learn to embrace and welcome it, change can inspire you and motivate you to succeed in every single way.

75 Best Quotes About Change

1. "Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." —Arnold Bennett

2. “The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.” —Kiran Desai

3. "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

4. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” —Wayne W. Dyer

5. “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” —Fyodor Dostoevsky

6. “Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes.” —Roy T. Bennett

7. “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

8. "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." —Socrates

9. "All great changes are preceded by chaos." —Deepak Chopra

10. "Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same."

11. "Don't make a change too complicated, just begin."

12. "You send out an energetic field that affects the world around you, with that heart energy, you have the power to change your world."

13. "Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change." —Jim Rohn

14. "Small changes eventually add up to huge results."

15. "Action is the key to all success." —Pablo Picasso

16. “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

17. “This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” ―Taylor Swift

18. "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." —Walter Isaacson

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19. "Life is about change. Sometimes it's painful. Sometimes it's beautiful. But most of the time, it's both." —Lana Lang

20. "Don't expect to see a change if you don't make one."

21. "Worrying about something you can't change will forever be the biggest waste of your time."

22. "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." ―Mahatma Gandhi

23. "Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won't have a title until much later." —Bob Goff

24. "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." —Leo Tolstoy

25. "The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking." —Albert Einstein

26. "Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby: awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess." ―Lemony Snicket

27. "We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are." —Max Depree

28. "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

29. "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

30. "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

31. "You can't change what's going on around you until you start changing what's going on within you." —Zig Ziglar

32. "Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over, instead of craving control over what you don't." ―Steve Maraboli

33. "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

34. "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." ―Rumi

35. "If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you." —Fred DeVito

36. "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." ―Mother Teresa

37. "And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time." ―Libba Bray

38. "You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it." ―Neil Gaiman​

39. “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

40. "Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong." —Mandy Hale

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41. "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​

42. "How would your life be different if... You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day... You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey." ―Steve Maraboli

43. "Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone." ―J.D. Salinger

44. "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." —Alan W. Watts

45. "One day spent with someone you love can change everything." ―Mitch Albom​

46. “Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” —Walt Whitman

47. “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody.” —Stephen Chbosky

48. “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

49. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” —Nelson Mandela

50. "Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change." ―Mary Shelley

51. "Change, like healing, takes time." ―Veronica Roth

52. "Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." —George Bernard Shaw

53. "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​

54. "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

55. "You never change things by fighting the existing reality." —R. Buckminister Fuller

56. "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​

57. "You've changed me forever. And I'll never forget you." ―Kiera Cass

58. "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

59. "You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." —C.S. Lewis

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60. "I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I'm supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I'm praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things." —Mother Teresa

61. "Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone." —Billy Cox

62. "She remembered who she was and the game changed." —Lelah Deliah

63. "Open-minded people don't care to be right, they care to understand. There's never a right or wrong answer. Everything is about understanding."

64. "One day or day one. You decide." —Paulo Coelho

65. "It's okay to be scared. Being scared means you're about to do something really, really brave." —Mandy Hale

66. "You're always one decision away from a totally different life." —Mark Batterson

67. "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." —Barack Obama

68. "When it feels scary to jump, that's exactly when you jump. Otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life. And that I can't do." —Abel Morales

69. "It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform." —Roy T. Bennett

70. "You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way." —Jennifer J. Freeman

71. "Old ways won't open new doors."

72. "The best time for new beginnings is now."

73. "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

74. "Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." —Steve Jobs

75. "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein

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FAQs

What is the best quote about change? ›

"If you can't change it, change your attitude." "Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change." “Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong.” "Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."

Whats one quote that changed your life? ›

Do not let anything that happens in life be important enough that you're willing to close your heart over it.”

What did Mark Twain say about change? ›

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

What are some deep inspiring quotes? ›

“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.” “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.”

What is a short inspiring quote? ›

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." "Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do."

What is a strong woman quote? ›

A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is in the journey where she will become strong.” “I'd rather regret the risks that didn't work out than the chances I didn't take at all.” "You must love and care for yourself because that's when the best comes out.”

What did Winston Churchill say about change? ›

'To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often' - Practice Continuous Improvement.

Who said change is a good thing? ›

Henry Rollins - Change is hard, but change is good.

What is a strength quote? ›

"You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice." "Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health." "Life doesn't get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient." "Courage is grace under pressure."

What are the 12 powerful words? ›

What are the twelve powerful words? Trace, Analyze, Infer, Evaluate, Formulate, Describe, Support, Explain, Summarize, Compare, Contrast, Predict. Why use the twelve powerful words? These are the words that always give students more trouble than others on standardized tests.

How do you motivate someone to not give up? ›

Tell them firmly that they are not alone. Assure them that you will always be there for them no matter what the situation is. Be Specific About How Important And Significant They Are To Your Life: Make them feel appreciated and loved. Let them know that they are wanted and essential to your life.

What is a simple life quote? ›

#32 – A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that's poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first – Unknown. It's not worth trying to fit into another persons routine and/or schedule – because we all have different lives, different homes, and different families.

What did Einstein say about change? ›

It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” - Albert Einstein.

What is a very powerful quote? ›

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” — Reinhold Niebuhr.

What is Einstein's best quote? ›

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” “He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” “A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.”

What was Churchill's most famous quote? ›

Many of his most famous quotes are from the war years and a recurring theme of his speeches was the need for perseverance. A lot of these can be applied equally well to our everyday life: “Never, never, never give up.”

WHO SAID be the change quotes? ›

We've all heard the saying, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi is often credited with saying this.

Who quote change is inevitable? ›

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” That's a quote from John C. Maxwell, author of the book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

What are empowering quotes? ›

Empowering Quotes for Self-Worth

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” “Self–worth is so vital to your happiness if you don't feel good about yourself, it's hard to feel good about anything else.”

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