Creative quotes and quotations
On Change...

 

Change happens, that is for sure, and not just in our modern, 21st century era. It seems that the stress of the new affects most people in every age. So the trick is not to resist it, but to go with it. The real problem for the creative person is getting over the resistance of those who don’t want to change.

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action, business, the future, managing, progress*, resistance*, time, vision

Quotes

‘If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.’

Maya Angelou

‘Change is in all things sweet.’

Aristotle

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is nature’s delight.’

Marcus Aurelius

‘Keep constantly in mind in how many things you yourself have witnessed changes already. The universe is change, life is understanding.’

Marcus Aurelius

‘Observe constantly that all things take place by change.’

Marcus Aurelius

‘We must change in order to survive.’

Pearl Bailey

‘To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.’

Henri Bergson

‘If the people don’t want to come out of the park, nobody’s going to stop them.’

Yogi Berra

‘Those who have changed the universe have never done it by changing officials, but always by inspiring the people.’

Napoleon Boneparte

‘Nothing we can do can change the past, but everything we do changes the future.’

Ashleigh Brilliant

‘If you can neither accept it or change it, try to laugh at it.’

Ashleigh Brilliant

‘Weep not that the world changes—did it keep
A stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.’

William Bryant

‘Do not cherish the unworthy desire that the changeable might become the unchanging.’

Gautama Buddha

‘The best-laid schemes o’mice an’ men gang aft agley.’

Robert Burns

‘I am not now
That which I have been.’

George Byron

‘In order to learn one must change one’s mind.’

Orson Scott Card

‘Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.’

Carlos Castaneda

‘A great wind is blowing and that gives you either imagination or a headache.’

Catherine the Great

‘To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often.’

Winston Churchill

‘It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.’

Alan Cohen

‘They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.’

Confucius

‘It is only the wisest and the stupidest that do not change.’

Confucius

‘The capacity of the human mind for invention far outstrips its ability to assimilate the changes that inventions produce.’

Darryl Conner

‘The only way to change our lives is by changing our minds.’

Ross Cooper

‘Every human has four endowments: self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom — The power to choose, to respond, to change.’

Steven Covey

‘The world’s a scene of changes, and to be constant in Nature were inconstancy.’

Abraham Cowley

‘Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant.’

Anthony J. D’Angelo

‘It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.’

Clarence Darrow

‘Since changes are going on anyway, the great thing is to learn enough about them so that we will be able to lay hold of them and turn them in the direction of our desires. Conditions and events are neither to be fled from nor passively acquiesced in; they are to be utilized and directed.’

John Dewey

‘ In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable.’

Benjamin Disraeli

‘One cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it.’

Peter F. Drucker

‘Men are not moved by things, but the views they take of them.’

Epitectus

‘All is change; all yields its place and goes.’

Euripedes

‘All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another.’

Anatole France

‘When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.’

Benjamin Franklin

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

Richard Buckminster Fuller

‘Faced with changing one's mind, or proving that there is no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.’

John Kenneth Galbraith

‘In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.’

J. Paul Getty

‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world.’

Mahatma Gandhi

‘We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don’t change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to
milk a dead cow.’

Woodie Guthrie

‘Everything flows and nothing abides; everything gives way and nothing stays fixed... Cool things become warm, the warm grows cool; the moist dries, the parched becomes moist... It is in changing that things find repose.’

Heraclitus

‘Nothing is permanent but change.’

Heraclitus

‘In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.’

Eric Hoffer

‘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

‘Change is not made without inconvenience.’

Samuel Johnson

‘Change is like putting lipstick on a bulldog. The bulldog's appearance hasn't improved, but now it's really angry.’

Rosbeth Moss Kanter

‘Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.’ (The more things change, the more they are the same)

Alphonse Karr

‘There is nothing more certain and unchanging than uncertainty and change.’

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

‘Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss future.’

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator and change has its enemies.’

Robert Kennedy

‘The world hates change yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.’

Charles F. Kettering

‘Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.’

Martin Luther King

‘The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.’

Martin Luther King

‘We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.’

R. D. Laing

‘You don’t get creative by staying in the same place.’

Andy Law

‘Are you willing to be sponged out, erased, cancelled, made nothing? Are you willing to be made nothing? Dipped into oblivion? If not, you will never really change.’

D. H. Lawrence

‘When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet.’

Stanislaw Lec

‘If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.’

Kurt Lewin

‘The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.’

Abraham Lincoln

‘All things must change
To something new, to something strange.’

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

‘Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.’

Helen Keller

‘There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order to things.’

Niccolò Machiavelli

‘One change leaves the way open for the introduction of others.’

Niccolò Machiavelli

‘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

‘And it will fall out as in a complication of diseases, that by applying a remedy to one sore, you will provoke another; and that which removes the one ill symptom produces others.’

Thomas More

‘When change is rapid and problems abundant, society must be creatively adaptive or fall further and further behind.’

David Moss

‘All things change, nothing perishes.’

Ovid

‘Change does not change tradition, it strengthens it. Change is a challenge and an opportunity, not a threat.’

Prince Philip

‘An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out.’

Max Planck

‘You are so young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as judge of the highest matters.’

Plato

‘Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.’

Bertrand Russell

‘Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.’

Arthur Schopenhauer

‘Old fashions please me best; I am not so nice
To change true rules for odd inventions.’

William Shakespeare

Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.’

George Bernard Shaw

‘Fate is written in wood, not stone.’

Geraint Straker

‘It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.’

Publilius Syrus

‘Things do not change; we change.’

Henry David Thoreau

‘A competitive world offers two possibilities. You can lose. Or, if you want to win, you can change.’

Lester Thurow

‘Change is not merely necessary to life—it is life.’

Alvin Toffler

‘Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.’

Leo Tolstoy

‘It seldom happens that a man changes his life through his habitual reasoning. No matter how fully he may sense the new plans and aims revealed to him by reason, he continues to plod along in old paths until his life becomes frustrating and unbearable—he finally makes the change only when his usual life can no longer be tolerated.’

Leo Tolstoy

‘The altar cloth of one aeon is the doormat of the next.’

Mark Twain

‘If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.’

Lao Tzu

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

Alan Watts

‘They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.’

Andy Warhol

‘The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.’

Alfred North Whitehead

 

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

Harold Wilson

 

 

 
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