21 thought-provoking quotes about change


Quotes about changeAs the old saying goes,Change is inevitable except from a vending machine.”

We cannot avoid change because it’s going to happen whether we like it or not. Trying to stop it is like trying to hold back the tide. It can’t be done.

Change is simply a force of nature.

If you hate change, you’re not alone. Most people hate change. That’s perfectly natural.

Just when we think we have everything under control a significant change happens and suddenly we’re scrambling to get ourselves back to equilibrium.

Change can make life seem like a giant game of Snakes and Ladders at times.

So in today’s post I offer 21 thought-provoking quotes about change just to underline the point.

Quotes about change:

  1. There is nothing permanent except change. ~Heraclitus
  2. Change is the end result of all true learning. ~Leo Buscaglia
  3. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. ~Stephen Hawking
  4. Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. ~Carol Burnett
  5. Just when I think I’ve learned the way to live, life changes. ~Hugh Prather
  6. To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often. ~Winston Churchill
  7. The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. ~Oprah Winfrey
  8. When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Viktor E. Frankl
  9. The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. ~Nathaniel Branden
  10. Quotes about changeYou must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  11. No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. ~Robin Williams
  12. Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~Norman Vincent Peale
  13. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. ~Wayne Dyer
  14. I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. ~Jimmy Dean
  15. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. ~Maya Angelou
  16. 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
  17. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~George Bernard Shaw
  18. The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. ~William Arthur Ward
  19. 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
  20. Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable. ~William Pollard
  21. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit. ~Christopher McCandless

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7 inspirational quotes about change

Before I offer you some inspirational quotes about change, let’s consider why it really matters.

One of the most fundamental human needs is the need for certainty. We need certainty because we need to feel secure. As a species, human beings are programmed to ensure we survive. If we don’t feel secure then we are constantly on our guard, which drains our energy. That’s why change can be an uncomfortable experience because it makes us feel insecure and feeling insecure means we can’t relax. Most of us can feel uncomfortable with change, at least to some degree, and that’s perfectly natural when you think about it.

However change is important. Through change comes opportunity and if we can embrace change then opportunity can be ours for the taking. Most people tend to be slow in their response to change because it’s such an uncomfortable experience. However if we respond quickly we can grasp those opportunities just waiting for the fleet footed.

Think about this; everything we take for granted today once didn’t exist. An example of this would be computers. Today most households have several of them in the form of Desktops, Laptops and Tablets, as well as Smartphones. Certainly that is the case within the household in which I live and I’m sure that would be true for you home too dear reader.

However as recently as 1943 Thomas Watson, then Chairman of IBM said, “I think there’s a world market for maybe five computers.” Between me and my family, we have more than five now in our home alone.

As recently as 1977 Ken Olson then President, Chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), the leading supplier of mini-computers at the time, said, “There’s no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.

We’re lucky that neither Bill Gates nor Steve Jobs listened to those gentlemen. However in business terms these examples are even more significant. Failure to recognize the changing nature of the computer market almost had catastrophic consequences for IBM.

They did manage to adapt eventually but not before their business went through a major wobble and at one point looked like it might fold completely.

And where is DEC now? It’s nothing more than a footnote in the history of digital technology.

So the message today is this; you ignore change at your peril. It’s better to embrace it, however uncomfortable it may feel, and be ready to grab those opportunities as they come along.

The most successful people in business are adept at exploiting opportunities brought about by change. Change is synonymous with opportunity. It is that simple.

Here are 7 inspirational quotes about change to help you reflect on what it means and why it’s important. 

Quotes about change:

  1. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. ~Stephen Hawking
  2. 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
  3. To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. ~Winston Churchill
  4. The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. ~Alan Watts
  5. The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. ~Nathaniel Branden
  6. If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. ~Lao Tzu
  7. 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

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