170 Amazing Quotes About Change To Embrace New Beginnings (2024)

Here are the most amazing quotes about change I could find online to inspire you to embrace the twists and turns of life and unfold into a version of yourself you might not have imagined!

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1. “Without change, something sleeps inside us and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” — Frank Herbert

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

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

4. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

5. “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” — Henri Bergson

6. “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” — Margaret Mead

7. “Progress is a nice word, but change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.” — Robert Kennedy

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

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

10. “And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves.” ― Virginia Woolf

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1. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” — Socrates

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2. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” — Barack Obama

3. “The changes we dread most may contain our salvation.” — Barbara Kingsolver

4. “One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.” — Malala Yousafzai

5. “Miracles happen every day, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.” — Jon Bon Jovi

6. “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance.” — Alan Watts

7. “Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.” — Nikos Kazantzakis

8. “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

9. “There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.” — Kate Douglas Wiggin

10. “Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

11. “I have accepted fear as part of life — specifically the fear of change… I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back….” ― Erica Jong

12. “Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.” ― Maya Angelou

13. “We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.” ― Walter Mosley

14. “Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes.” ― Roy T. Bennett

15. “Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.” ― Shannon L. Alder

1. “To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions.” — William James

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2. “You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” — Ralph Marston

3. “It doesn’t matter how strong your opinions are. If you don’t use your power for positive change, you are indeed part of the problem.” — Coretta Scott King

4. “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

5. “In order to design a future of positive change, we must first become expert at changing our minds.” — Jacque Fresco

6. “Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable and remove yourself from the unacceptable.” — Denis Waitley

7. “Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.” — Bertolt Brecht

8. “When in doubt, choose change.” — Lily Leung

9. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” — Dolly Parton

10. “The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.” — Lech Walesa

11. “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

12. “I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.” ― Steve Maraboli

13. “Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!” ― Steve Maraboli

14. “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

15. “You cannot change anyone, but you can be the reason someone changes.” ― Roy T. Bennett

1. “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” — Gail Sheehy

2. “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” — John C. Maxwell

3. “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

4. “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

5. “Change may not always bring growth, but there is no growth without change.” ― Roy T. Bennett

6. “Growth and comfort do not coexist.” — Ginni Rometty

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

8. “All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” — Ellen Glasgow

9. “The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.” — Rupert Murdoch

10. “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

11. “I’m unpredictable, I never know where I’m going until I get there, I’m so random, I’m always growing, learning, changing, I’m never the same person twice.” ― C. JoyBell C.

12. “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

13. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ― William James

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14. “Being wrong opens us up to the possibility of change. Being wrong brings the opportunity for growth.” ― Mark Manson

15. “The past can teach us, nurture us, but it cannot sustain us. The essence of life is change, and we must move ever forward or the soul will wither and die.” ― Susanna Kearsley

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

2. “Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” — A. C. Benson

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

4. “If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.” — William Glasser

5. “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

6. “Changing your outside world cannot make you happy if you are an unhappy person. The real personal change can only happen from the inside out. If you firstly create the change within yourself, you can turn your life around.” ― Roy T. Bennett

7. “Time may change me, but I can’t trace time.” — David Bowie

8. “You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.” — Timothy Leary

9. “I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” ― Aldous Huxley

10. “To change what you get, you must change who you are.” — Vernon Howard

11. “It’s never too late to change your life for the better. You don’t have to take huge steps to change your life. Making even the smallest changes to your daily routine can make a big difference to your life.” ― Roy T. Bennett

12. “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” — George Bernard Shaw

13. “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

14. When you change for the better, the people around you will be inspired to change also… but only after doing their best to make you stop. Live your truth and don’t EVER stop.” ― Steve Maraboli,

15. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” — Jimmy Dean

1. “Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past and present are certain to miss the future.” — John F. Kennedy

2. “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” — Mary Shelley

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

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

5. “If you know what you want to achieve in life, then you are more inspired to change for the better.” — Philip Vang

6. “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” — Lao Tzu

7. “Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what’s going to happen next.” — Gilda Radner

8. “The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.” — Bill Clinton

9. “Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.” — Walt Disney

10. “Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” — Mandy Hale

11. “Sometimes the slightest things change the directions of our lives, the merest breath of a circ*mstance, a random moment that connects like a meteorite striking the earth. Lives have swiveled and changed direction on the strength of a chance remark.” ― Bryce Courtenay

12. “Change is the end result of all true learning.” ― Leo Buscaglia

13. “I’ve come to believe that in everyone’s life, there’s one undeniable moment of change, a set of circ*mstances that suddenly alters everything.” ― Nicholas Sparks

14. “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” ― Steve Jobs

15. “Pessimists are usually right and optimists are usually wrong but all the great changes have been accomplished by optimists.” ― Thomas Friedman

1. “He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.” — Harold Wilson

2. “We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” — Carl Jung

3. “The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” — Nathaniel Branden

4. “Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.” — Elon Musk

5. “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” — Woodrow Wilson

6. “You must welcome change as the rule, but not as your ruler.” — Denis Waitley

7. “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

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

9. “I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.” — Stephen Hawking

10. “Change will never happen when people lack the ability and courage to see themselves for who they are.” — Bryant H. McGill

11. “Words are where most change begins.” ― Brandon Sanderson

12. “Anger, resentment, and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others– it only changes yours.” ― Shannon Alder

13. “Our ability to adapt is amazing. Our ability to change isn’t quite as spectacular.” ― Lisa Lutz

14. “It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t… It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” ― James Gordon

15. “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.” ― Karl Marx

1. “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

2. “People change more frequently than the seasons do and still we blame the sun for bringing in the light.” ― Shweta Tale

3. “…that’s how life is, dear. Even when we think we know something, we’re all really just flying blind. Things change. People change. You can never have all the facts.” ― Melanie A. Smith

4. “I don’t know that love changes. People change. Circ*mstances change.” — Nicholas Sparks

5. “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” — Confucius

6. “Money and success don’t change people. They merely amplify what is already there.” — Will Smith

7. “Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands.” — Clint Eastwood

8. “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” — Stephen Chobsky

9. “Some people can change, others will always be the same. The difficulty is in figuring out which type they are.” ― Scaylen Renvac

10. “Things change and people change. It is, at the same time, the most tragic and miraculous verity about humankind.” ― Aadyot Karna

11. “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

12. “Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life’.” ― Helen Exley

13. “A man says a lot of things in summer he doesn’t mean in winter.” ― Patricia Briggs

14. “Things changed, people changed, and the world went rolling along right outside the window.” ― Nicholas Sparks

15. “Anyone who knows me, should learn to know me again; For I am like the Moon, you will see me with new face everyday.” ― Rumi

1. “Your success in life isn’t based on your ability to simply change. It is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers, and business.” — Mark Sanborn

2. “If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization.” — Mary Douglas

3. ”I’m always willing to accept change, just as long as it isn’t change for the sake of change. If that change will result in a better way of doing things, then I’m all for it.” — James Van Fleet

4. “Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.” — Victor Hugo

5. “Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up.” — James Belasco

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

7. “Change cannot be put on people. The best way to instill change is to do it with them. Create it with them.” — Lisa Bodell

8. “The victim mindset dilutes the human potential. By not accepting personal responsibility for our circ*mstances, we greatly reduce our power to change them.” ― Steve Maraboli

9. “Change hurts. It makes people insecure, confused and angry. People want things to be the same as they’ve always been because that makes life easier. But, if you’re a leader, you can’t let your people hang on to the past.” — Richard Marcinko

10. “The reality is that the only way change comes is when you lead by example.” — Anne Wojcicki

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

12. “Today I am in control because I want to be. I have my fingers on the switch, but have lived a lifetime ignoring the control I have over my own world. Today is different.” ― A.S. King

13. “You can’t crush ideas by suppressing them. You can only crush them by ignoring them. By refusing to think, refusing to change.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin

14. “Judging is preventing us from understanding a new truth. Free yourself from the rules of old judgments and create the space for new understanding.” ― Steve Maraboli

15. “As dealing with change becomes a regular activity, leading it becomes a skill to hone, an internal capacity to master.” — Arnaud Henneville

1. “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” — J.K. Rowling

2. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” — Mother Teresa

3. “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

4. “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” — Jack Layton

5. “I believe it’s time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them.” — Janelle Monae

6. “Women speaking up for themselves and for those around them is the strongest force we have to change the world.” — Melinda Gates

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7. “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

8. “In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first.” — Jimi Hendrix

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

10. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” — Steve Jobs

11. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela

12. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” ― Norman Vincent Peale

13. “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” ― Martin Luther

14. “’Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” — Leo Tolstoy

15. “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” — Charles Kettering

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1. “And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” ― Libba Bray

2. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” — Wayne W. Dyer

3. “The more things change, the more they are the same.” — Alphonse Karr

4. “We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.” ― C. JoyBell C.

5. “The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.” ― Kiran Desai

6. “Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.” — Keri Russell

7. “When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” — Robert Anthony

8. “It’s the most unhappy people who most fear change.” — Mignon McLaughlin

9. “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.

10. “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

11. “We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.” ― Katharine Hepburn

12. “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky

13. “Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.” ― J.D. Salinger

14. “All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change. God is Change.” ― Octavia E. Butler

15. “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

1. “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.’” — Albert Einstein

2. “There is nothing permanent except change.” — Heracl*tus

3. “Change in all things is sweet.” — Aristotle

4. “A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.” — Icelandic Proverb

5. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” — Winston Churchill

6. “True life is lived when tiny changes occur.” — Leo Tolstoy

7. “There is nothing so stable as change.” — Bob Dylan

8. “Change before you have to.” — Jack Welch

9. “The moment of change is the only poem.” — Adrienne Rich

10. “Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” — Benjamin Disraeli

Wrapping It Up

Change shapes us, challenges us, and nudges us to become architects of our destiny.

I hope this collection of quotes about change has inspired you to embrace it, savor it, and dance with it, for change truly is what makes our existence extraordinary!

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As an expert in personal development, psychology, and human behavior, I have extensive experience in guiding individuals through transformative processes and helping them embrace change to unlock their full potential. I have worked with numerous clients and have seen firsthand the profound impact that change can have on individuals' lives, as well as the challenges and resistance that often accompany it. My expertise in this area is backed by a deep understanding of human psychology, the mechanisms of behavior change, and the power of mindset and perception in shaping our experiences.

Analyzing the Quotes About Change

The quotes about change provided are a powerful representation of the diverse perspectives and insights on the concept of change. They touch upon various aspects of change, including its inevitability, its transformative nature, and the challenges and opportunities it presents. Let's break down the concepts used in the quotes:

  1. Embracing Change: The quotes emphasize the importance of embracing change, recognizing its inevitability, and finding the strength to adapt and grow in the face of uncertainty.

  2. Personal Transformation: Many quotes highlight the role of change in personal growth and transformation, urging individuals to recognize and harness the potential for positive change within themselves.

  3. Resilience and Adaptability: The quotes underscore the need for resilience and adaptability in navigating change, acknowledging the discomfort and uncertainty that often accompany transformative experiences.

  4. Mindset and Perception: Several quotes emphasize the role of mindset and perception in shaping one's relationship with change, encouraging individuals to approach change with openness and a positive outlook.

  5. Social and Global Impact: Some quotes focus on the broader impact of change, highlighting the potential for positive social and global transformation through individual and collective efforts.

  6. Overcoming Resistance: The quotes acknowledge the resistance and fear that can accompany change, while also emphasizing the potential for growth and renewal that comes from embracing change.


The quotes about change provide a rich tapestry of perspectives on the nature of change and its significance in our lives. They serve as powerful reminders of the transformative potential inherent in change, and the importance of embracing it as a catalyst for personal and societal growth. Whether it's the wisdom of historical figures, the insights of contemporary thought leaders, or the reflections of artists and philosophers, these quotes capture the essence of change as an integral part of the human experience.

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