Change Quotes

These change quotes remind us that while change usually isn’t easy, it is necessary if we are to improve and grow, which is the essence of goal setting. I enjoy the messages of all these change quotes, but I particularly think the Sydney Harris quote below captures the essence (and challenge) of change. I hope these quotes inspire and motivate you to embrace change as you set and achieve your goals.

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If we are to achieve results never before accomplished, we must expect to employ methods never before attempted.
(Francis Bacon)

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

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
(Albert Einstein)

We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
(Mahatma Gandhi)

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 Harris)

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
(Aldous Huxley)

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
(Margaret Mead)

You can never change what you tolerate. As long as you accept it and accommodate it, you're going to stay right where you are.
(Joel Osteen from “Become a Better You” )

The place to improve the world is first on one's own heart and head and hands.
(Robert M. Pirsig)

If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.
(Anthony Robbins)

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

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.
(Jim Rohn)

If you don't have the power to change yourself, then nothing will change around you.
(Anwar Sadat)

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.
(Gail Sheehy)

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one things of changing himself.
(Leo Tolstoy)


I’ve tried to provide proper attribution to the original sources of these quotations. Please let me know if there are any that may be in error, or if you know some of the sources I have identified as “unknown”. Thanks!

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