69 Inspiring Quotes About Change to Help You Make Decisions

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published 23 May 2022

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Sometimes in your career, change is inevitable, as you may move to a new location because of a promotion or career change. Change may also mean learning new things or taking on new responsibilities. When considering making a change in your life, you can read through famous quotes about change to inspire you to take action. In this article, you can find quotes about change to help you become more decisive.

Inspiring quotes about change

The following are some interesting quotes about change that can inspire you to take action:

General quotes

Some general quotes about change are:

  1. "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

  2. "Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it's letting go." — Hermann Hesse

  3. "There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind." — C.S. Lewis

  4. "Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes." — Hugh Prather

  5. "If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living." — Gail Sheehy

  6. "You will find that it's necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they're heavy." — C. JoyBell C.

  7. "Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor" ― Alexis Carrel

  8. "No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you've come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself." ― Madonna

  9. "Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not." ― Stephen King

  10. "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there's no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof." — John Kenneth Galbraith

  11. "You can't change what you are, only what you do." ― Philip Pullman

  12. "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

  13. "Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change." ― Wayne W. Dyer

  14. "I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better." — Plutarch

  15. "Change is the end result of all true learning." ― Leo Buscaglia

  16. "Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes." ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  17. "A bend in the road is not the end of the road… Unless you fail to make the turn." ― Helen Keller

  18. "I give you this to take with you: Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting." ― Judith Minty

  19. "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

  20. "No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don't." ― Stephen King

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Changing your life

Here are some quotes to motivate you to pursue change in your life:

  1. "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." — Steve Jobs

  2. "True life is lived when tiny changes occur." — Leo Tolstoy

  3. "Moving doesn't change who you are. It only changes the view outside your window." — Rachel Hollis

  4. "The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude." — Oprah Winfrey

  5. "Change before you have to." — Jack Welch

  6. "You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone." — Roy T. Bennett

  7. "Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody." — Stephen Chbosky

  8. "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." — William Arthur Ward

  9. "We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance." — Harrison Ford

  10. "They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." — Andy Warhol

  11. "Those who can't change their minds can't change anything." — George Bernard Shaw

  12. "Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong." — Mandy Hale

  13. "Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change." — Wayne W. Dyer

  14. "If you can't change it, change your attitude." — Maya Angelou

  15. "If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down." — Roy T. Bennett

  16. "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

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Change in a professional setting

Whether you're changing career, job or your position in the workplace, here are some quotes to keep you focused:

  1. "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." — John D. Rockefeller

  2. "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." — Winston Churchill

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

  4. "Courage is the power to let go of the familiar." — Raymond Lindquist

  5. "Growth and comfort do not coexist." — Ginni Rometty

  6. "Change is inevitable. Growth is optional." — John Maxwell

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

  8. "In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety." — Abraham Maslow

  9. "Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realise that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge." ― Eckhart Tolle

  10. "All things are difficult before they're easy." — Thomas Fuller

  11. "Good things take time." — John Wooden

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Changing the world

If you've ever thought of making the world a better place, here are some quotes to inspire you:

  1. "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." — Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi

  2. "Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream." — Debby Boone

  3. "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." — Mahatma Gandhi

  4. "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." ― Buckminster Fuller

  5. "Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you've changed, by believing. Once you've changed, other things start to follow. Isn't that the way it works?" ― Diane Duane

  6. "And that's how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time." ― Libba Bray

  7. "Tides do what tides do–they turn." ― Derek Landy

  8. "Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes." ― Roy T. Bennett

  9. "The world doesn't change in front of your eyes, it changes behind your back." ― Terry Hayes

  10. "I've accepted fear as part of life – specifically the fear of change… I've gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back…." ― Erica Jong

  11. "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

  12. "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

  13. "One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world." ― Malala Yousafzai

  14. "No matter what people will tell you, words and ideas can change the world." — Robin Williams

  15. "Folks, I don't trust children. They're here to replace us." — Stephen Colbert

  16. "The great growling engine of change – technology." — Alvin Toffler

  17. "People are very open-minded about new things, as long as they're exactly like the old ones." — Charles F. Kettering

  18. "Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape." ― William S. Burroughs

  19. "Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change." ― Brene Brown

  20. "The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions." — Ellen Glasgow

  21. "If you want to make enemies, try to change something." — Woodrow Wilson

  22. "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

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