Change is constant and fast. We have to learn how to think about change. Too often, change is resisted because of the uncertainty, fear of what it means, and the amount of energy required to make the change.

Finding the strength to make that change is the big challenge. At times like that, I find reading inspiring quotes can help me lift myself up and set me on the path to managing positive change in my life.

Here are a few of my favorites!

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

  • Harriet Tubman

 “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

  • George Bernard Shaw

“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

“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

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

  • Andy Warhol

“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.”

  • Marcus Aurelius

‘People will try to tell you that all the great opportunities have been snapped up. In reality, the world changes every second, blowing new opportunities in all directions, including yours.”

  • Ken Hakuta

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

  • Winston Churchill

“Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.”

  • Walt Disney

“For the past 33 years, 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

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

  • Albert Einstein

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”

  • Benjamin Franklin

“A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.”

  • Chinese Proverb

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

  • Mahatma Gandhi

“There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.”

  • Winston Churchill

 “The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.”

  • Kakuzo Okakaura

“Change before you have to.”

  • Jack Welch

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

  • Rob Siltanen

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

  • Leo Tolstoy

“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

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

  • Mother Teresa

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

  • Philip Pullman

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

  • Aldous Huxley

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

  • Alan W. Watts

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

  • Milton Berle

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

  • Malala Yousafzai

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

  • Socrates

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

  • Haruki Murakami

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

  • Helen Keller

“The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.”

  • George Bernard Shaw

“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.”

  • Aldous Huxley

“We should strive to welcome change and challenges, because they are what help us grow. Without them we grow weak in comfort and security. We need to constantly be challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence.”

  • G. Wells

“How can you know what you’re capable of if you don’t embrace the unknown.”

  • Esmeralda Santiago

“If you live the questions, life will move you into the answers.”

  • Deepak Chopra

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

  • Charles Kettering

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg.”

  • S. Lewis

“One must change one’s tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority.”

  • Napoleon Bonaparte

“You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.”

  • Timothy Leary

“All is flux, nothing stays still”

  • Plato

“Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.”

  • Adlai E. Stevenson

“You only go around once, and you’ve got to grab for all the gusto you can.”

  • Bill George

“People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.”

  • Peter M. Senge

“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”

  • Peter Drucker.

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”

  • Margaret Thatcher

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

  • Marcus Aurelius

“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…”

  • Isaac Asimov

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

  • Henry Ford

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”

  • Confucius

“You have to modernise; you have to change – you can’t just be traditional for the fun of being traditional.”

  • Richard Rogers

“Leadership exists when people are no longer victims of circumstances, but participate in creating new circumstances.”

  • Peter M. Senge

 

About the Author

About the Author

Cynthia Howard RN, CNC, PhD

Performance Expert. Pioneer of the Resilient Mindset. Executive Coach.

Having worked with hundreds of leaders, Dr. Howard has developed a model of leadership effectiveness that unleashes the authentic presence of leaders for better outcomes, consistently.