Change quotes and sayings

We would rather be ruined than changed; We would rather die in our dread Than climb the cross of the moment And let our illusions die.
W.H. Auden

Life is its own journey, presupposes its own change and movement, and one tries to arrest them at one’s eternal peril.
Laurens van der Post

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

Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine.
Robert C. Gallagher

We would not let ourselves be burned to death for our opinions: we are not sure enough of them for that. But perhaps for the right to have our opinions and to change them.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in travelling in a stage-coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position and be bruised in a new place.
Washington Irving

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.
Leo F. Buscaglia

Through all the changing scenes of life.
Nahum Tate

You’ve changed so much. I guess that’s what happens. I wish you knew how much you changed me. I wonder if I changed you, if your life isdifferent because of me. Because mine’s different. My God, you taught me so much, and now we don’t even talk to each other. I guess that’s what happens.

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

The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble.
Henry Miller

When you are through changing, you are through.
Bruce Barton

An old Dutch farmer, who remarked to a companion once that it was not best to swap horses in mid-stream.
Abraham Lincoln

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr

When we have to change our minds about a person, we hold the inconvenience he causes us very much against him.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

The Times They Are A-changing.
Bob Dylan

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labour by taking up another.
Anatole France

We meant to change a nation, and instead, we changed a world.
Ronald Reagan

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.
Swami Sivananda

It really changed my life. When we split up, something changed, permanently, in me. My heart sort of broke that day, and it will never be the same.
Gwyneth Paltrow

At last he rose, and twitched his mantle blue: To-morrow to fresh woods, and pastures new.
John Milton

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

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

When we think of failure; Failure will be ours. If we remain undecided; Nothing will ever change. All we need to do is want to achieve something great and then simply to do it. Never think of failure For what we think, will come about.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
Bible: Jeremiah

Well, I find that a change of nuisances is as good as a vacation.
David Lloyd George

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

The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.
George Bernard Shaw

You can’t step into the same river twice.

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
Flora Whittemore

Even though we’ve changed and we’re all finding our own place in the world, we all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we’ll come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we’re not all still friends.

Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.
Theodore Roosevelt

You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.
Jim Rohn

Most women set out to try to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like him.
Marlene Dietrich

Poor old Daddy – just one of those sturdy old plants left over from the Edwardian Wilderness, that can’t understand why the sun isn’t shining any more.
John Osborne

The key to success is often the ability to adapt.

Very often we support change, and then are swept away by the change. I think that…you just make your own response to your own generation. A response adequate to your time.
Nadine Gordimer

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.
Pericles quotes

That which is now a horse, even with a thought The rack dislimns, and makes it indistinct, As water is in water.
William Shakespeare

The time’s come: there’s a terrific thunder-cloud advancing upon us, a mighty storm is coming to freshen us up….It’s going to blow away all this idleness and indifference, and prejudice against work….I’m going to work, and in twenty-five or thirty years’ time every man and woman will be working.
Anton Chekhov