Life is change.
Heraclitus of Ephesus
Change is that thing that frightens some and excites others, and it is something we see as both a blessing and a course. No matter if we love change or not, change is the most prominent quality of life itself. Change allows us to grow and it allows things to happen. Fed by hope and courage, change makes anything possible.
Check out these quotes to learn why we musn’t be scared by change, but welcome it in our lives as a sign of progress and growth. Without change, life would be boring and meaningless, while change is all about excitement and surprises.
If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. – Mary Engelbreit
We don’t always have the power to change all the things that bother us or that we dislike. In such cases, all we can do is change our way of thinking. By looking at these things from a new, enlarged perspective, we discover that our relation with them has become different and we no longer feel the need to fight against them.
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
There is a pervasive feeling of melancholy that accompanies every change. By its nature, change means putting an end to certain things that were maybe important for us. Life demands us to leave behind parts of ourselves in order to be able to welcome new opportunities. As such, any transition is both melancholic and frightening, but often neccessary.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor Frankl
Unfortunately, we don’t always have full control on the things that happen to us. Whenever we feel unable to change a situation, we discover that our only possibility to escape it is to change ourselves. The challenge to work on ourselves instead of focusing on external conditions is one of the most important mission we have to undertake in life.
Life is change. – Heraclitus of Ephesus
Wherever we look around us, we notice that life is all about changing and growing. Life means not only to be, but also to become, that is why we must embrace change.
When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills. – Chinese Proverb
As much as some people love change, others are frightened by it and try to stop it at all costs. Building walls, however, can only lead to loneliness, disconnection, and misery.
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. – Henri Bergson
We are our own creation and we have an identity and a meaning because we have created them through change and growth. By changing, we adapt to new opportunities and create a better self.
Continuity gives us roots, but change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. – Pauline R. Kezer
We need continuity and stability in our lives in order to feel safe and to be able to built things, but change is that element that makes us hope for better and greater things.
Our only security is our ability to change. – John Lilly
Some people love security above anything else, but the truth is that life offers little security. The only constant quality of life is change. We must find comfort in our ability to grow and develop.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. – Socrates
When we want to build something new and different, we need firstly to realize that fighting the old is an unproductive use of our energy. Change comes from forgetting about the old and focusing on the new.
Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever. – Keri Russell
Change does not necessarily mean an impact of great magnitude. It can also be about small decisions that trigger bigger chains of events, which little by little, end up turning our life into something completely different.
All great changes are preceded by chaos. – Deepak Chopra
The sign of an upcoming change is anarchy and chaos. Things need to be shaken up before taking on new forms. Great changes act as an earthquake, but when everything settles down, the world shines more brightly than ever.
The only way you can sustain a permanent change is to create a new way of thinking, acting, and being. – Jennifer Hudson
If we desire change, we must understand that it can rarely come from outside. The only impactful change is the one triggered from within, once we train ourselves to new ways of being and thinking.
Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. – Jim Rohn
If we wait passively for our lives to change, we might wait a long time in vain. Leaving our happiness to chance is counterproductive. The only way that life can get better is by active change.
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
Change feels threatening to those who praise tradition and stability, but never to visionaries and dreamers who love to explore new possibilities. Refusing change means to remain stuck in the past and ignore the future.
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. – Carol Burnett
The fact that we are the only ones who can change our lives is liberating, yet equally scary because it means we must take full responsibility of our happiness. No one can help us if we don’t want to help ourselves. It is a personal fight.
Nothing is permanent but change. – Elbert Hubbard
The more we love and the happier we are, the more we wish that things would stay forever the same. It is saddening to see things we love change, but life does not accept permanence. Life only cares about growth and that means change.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. – Leo Tolstoy
There are many things in the world that sadden us and that we would like to change, but our power is often limited by many different factors. The only area on which we have full control is our own life. By changing ourselves, we trigger changes in the world as well.
We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. – Harrison Ford
Besides all the small changes that occur everyday, our lives are determined by a few big changes that put us on new tracks. These changes are often a second chance for a fresh start and we must take full advantage of them.
It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change. – Charles Darwin
If we pay close attention to the natural world, we realize that the most important quality that ensures survival is the ability to adapt. Those who can adapt rapidly to new and unexpected circumstances have a serius advantage over those who cannot do the same.
The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings. – Kakuzo Okakaura
Sometimes it is us who change, but other times it is our surroundings that change, in which case our ability to readjust accordingly is vital. The secret to a happy life is learning to go with the flow, when everything around changes.
A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it. – Chinese Proverb
Whenever a big chance occurs, we find ourselves troubled by it, not knowing what is the most appropiate reaction. A wise person knows that living through a big change means adapting to it naturally.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
Whenever we think about change, we mostly envision changes in our environment or in the people around us. We think about changing ourselves only as a final solution. It is precisely us who must change if we want the world to take the shape we want.
Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale
Our way of perceiving the world is more important than how the world actually is because thoughts shape reality. When we change our thoughts, our impressions of the world change as well. Changing the world is this a quest that can only take a personal answer.
If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results. – Jack Dixon
When we focus on results or end goals we face the danger of forgetting about the road we need to take to get to them. Thus, when we want something, we must focus on the changes we need to make to obtain it.
What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. – Abraham Maslow
In our minds, we are who we think ourselves to be. In order to change, we need to take a close, introspective look at ourselves and gain a stronger awareness of our qualities and flaws. Only then we can actually improve ourselves.
Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better. – Sydney J. Harris
People want change only when change means a positive improvement of their current condition. Usually, people dislike sudden and unexpected changes that take them out of their comfort zone. We love change mostly in small doses.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
Any change demands us to do new things that we are not necessarily comfortable with. We make mistakes, we fail, but eventually we gain control by learning from our mistakes. This is the natural process through which we accomodate change.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw
Each person is a work in progress, that is why it doesn’t make sense to say that we must find ourselves. What we actually have to do is to create ourselves by embracing change and growth.
Change your opinions, keep to your principles. Change your leaves, keep intact your roots. – Victor Hugo
Opinions are transient because we always get new information, but principles are the core values that form the essential part of our identity. When we decide to change, we must be careful to not let go of our principles and to not become attached to our opinions.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. – Frederick Douglass
Change is possible through conscious prolonged effort because everything meaningful is achieved in time, with dedication and patience. Without struggle, change is impossible, and so is progress.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. – Nelson Mandela
We realize we have changed when we are no longer compatible with people and places in the same way as in the past. The marks of our change become visible by contrast.