150 Quotes About Change And Growth (To Improve Your Life)

Here are 150 of the best quotes about change. Hope you’ll find beautiful words of wisdom and inspiration. Enjoy!

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Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Confucius

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Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. Stephen Hawking

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How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank

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

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One day or day one. You decide. Unknown

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Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. Dr. Seuss

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If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. Gail Sheehy

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Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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Let him that would move the world first move himself. Socrates

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Love change, fear staying the same. Maxime Lagacé

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Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change. Wayne Dyer

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Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone. Billy Cox

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The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surrounding. Kakuzo Okakura (The Book Of Tea)

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People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. Viktor Frankl

Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

All great changes are preceded by chaos. Deepak Chopra

If I am an advocate for anything, it is to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Anthony Bourdain

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw

Nothing happens unless something is moved. Albert Einstein

When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills. Chinese proverb

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. Anais Nin

Lack of emotion causes lack of progress and lack of motivation. Tony Robbins Click to tweet

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Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy Click to tweet

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. Carol Burnett

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Socrates (Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior)

You will never know yourself completely. You are life. You are ever changing. And that’s fine. Just keep going. Maxime Lagacé

The most beautiful and profound way to change yourself is to accept yourself completely, as imperfect as you are. Maxime Lagacé

That is at bottom the only courage that is demanded of us: to have courage for the most strange, the most singular and the most inexplicable that we may encounter. Rainer Maria Rilke

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

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The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order. Alfred North Whitehead

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited about what could go right. Tony Robbins

After you’ve done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over. Alfred Edward Perlman

What can we take on trust in this uncertain life? Happiness, greatness, pride — nothing is secure, nothing keeps. Euripides

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. Henri Bergson

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

Sometimes the winds of change are a hurricane. Derek Sivers

I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it. Estée Lauder

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The Most Famous Quotes About Change

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If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou

Things do not change; we change. Henry David Thoreau Click to tweet

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. Mother Teresa

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values. Dalai Lama

A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. Winston Churchill

The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. Abraham Lincoln (Annual message to Congress, December 1, 1862)

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. Henry Ford

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Confucius

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

You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing in. Heraclitus

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. Dr. Seuss

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. Coco Chanel

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso Click to tweet

Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul. Mark Twain

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

Part 1. I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. Thomas Jefferson

Part 2. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. Thomas Jefferson

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You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea. Pearl S. Buck

I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it. Niccolo Machiavelli

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. Robert F. Kennedy

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Barack Obama

The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging. Warren Buffett

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. Albert Einstein Click to tweet

All of us, every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives. Steven Spielberg

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and by falling over. Richard Branson (Virgin)

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Milton Berle

Your past does not equal your future. Tony Robbins

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Our only security is our ability to change. John Lilly Click to tweet

All is flux; nothing stays still. Heraclitus

All things change; nothing perishes. Ovid

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. Epictetus

Think progress, not perfection. Ryan Holiday

The universe is transformation; our life is what our thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them. Ann Landers

All good things must come to an end. Geoffrey Chaucer

Change is inevitable. Change is constant. Benjamin Disraeli

Enter new waters. Robert Greene

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Life is a progress, and not a station. Ralph Waldo Emerson

People change. Memories don’t. Unknown

Old ways won’t open new doors. Unknown

One small positive thought can change your whole day. Unknown

The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. Tim Ferriss

People change and forget to tell each other. Lillian Hellman

The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals. Madame de Staël

Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant. Anthony J. D’Angelo

Change is the end result of all true learning. Leo Buscaglia Click to tweet

Change always comes bearing gifts. Price Pritchett

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal. Arthur Schopenhauer

Everything comes to pass, nothing comes to stay. Matthew Flickstein

Don’t wait for the right opportunity, create it. George Bernard Shaw

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass

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Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. Jim Rohn Click to tweet

We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish. Tony Robbins

We made the world we’re living in and we have to make it over. James Baldwin

If you want peace, be above your desires. If you want meaning, fight for something important to you. Maxime Lagacé

What you must do now is to adapt fast. The world belongs to those who can change fast. Maxime Lagacé

If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good. Dr. Seuss

You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So get on your way! Dr. Seuss

You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. Dr. Seuss

Every day of our lives, we are on the verge of making those slight changes that would make all the difference. Mignon McLaughlin

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The more you adapt, the more interesting you are. Martha Stewart Click to tweet

The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become. W.E.B. Du Bois

What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him. Victor Frankl

Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create. Oprah Winfrey

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

I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. Lucille Ball

We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing. Maria Mitchell

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The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning. Ivy Baker Priest Click to tweet

Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. Pauline R. Kezer

Every positive change in your life begins with a clear, unequivocal decisions that you are going to either do something or stop doing something. Unknown

Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later. Bob Goff

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction can be the biggest step of your life. Naeem Callaway

Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end. Unknown

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. Richard Bach

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The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists. Japanese proverb Click to tweet

A scholar who loves comfort is not fit to be called a scholar. Confucius

You cannot change what you are, only what you do. Philip Pullman

Everybody wants to change others. Nobody wants to be changed. Naval Ravikant

If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong. Charles Kettering

Amateurs see change coming and become scared. Geniuses seek change and arrive at flow the closer they get to truth. Maxime Lagacé

Progress is deciding what to stop doing. Jack Butcher

Growth requires both obsession and objectivity. The obsession to do things we don’t know are going to work. The objectivity to change things when they don’t. Jack Butcher

Thinking is by far the most underrated activity. People consider it “unproductive” to sit on a bench and think. So they spend their lives doing things they never thought through. An hour of clear thinking, can yield a conclusion that changes your life. Johnny Uzan

You have to know who you are to grow your potential. But you have to grow in order to know who you are. John C. Maxwell

I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better. Georg C. Lichtenberg

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We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves. Lynn Hall

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

All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride. Sophocles

Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour. Arthur Schopenhauer

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large – I contain multitudes. Walt Whitman

If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less. General Eric Shinseki

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

Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change. Thomas Hardy

Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away. Frida Kahlo

Everything will be alright does not mean everything will stay the same. Unknown Click to tweet

The 3 C’s in life: Choice, Chance, Change. You must make the Choice, to take the Chance, if you want anything in life to Change. Unknown

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Do not waste time on things you cannot change or influence. Robert Greene

Every ultimate fact is only the first of a new series… The new statement is always hated by the old, and, to those dwelling in the old, comes like an abyss of skepticism. Ralph Waldo Emerson

You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be. Marianne Williamson

Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history. Joan Wallach Scott

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. William Blake

Stubbornness does have its helpful features. You always know what you are going to be thinking tomorrow. Glen Beaman

Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others. Jacob M. Braude

What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want. Mignon McLaughlin

The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down. Jawaharlal Nehru

All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. Ellen Glasgow

You always have the choice between comfort and discomfort, mediocrity and growth, fitting in and standing out. Maxime Lagacé

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Dr. Seuss

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The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself. C. JoyBell C. Click to tweet

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Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

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  1. Never let your conclusion be, in remorse, “I could have done something more”, but rather, in confidence, “I could have done nothing more.” Jason Ames

  2. your quotes are fresh dew upon my thoughts as i plan my meditations daily for the people i lead. thank you! stay on top!!! reach for the stars!! winners are always at the top!! losers choose the bottom! – manson b johnson

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