Awesome Quotes to Inspire Positive Change

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Change is constant, but that doesn’t make it easy. Draw on these inspirational quotes to make it easier.

It’s often said that change is the only constant in life. Yet humans are evolutionarily predisposed to resist change because of the risk associated with it. Despite this resistance to change, it is more important than ever. Napoleon once said, “One must change one’s tactics every 10 years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority.” In today’s society the pace of change is immensely faster, and it will only continue to accelerate.

Organizations and people that don’t embrace change are bound to lose ground and stagnate. When you are anxiously anticipating a change–or in the midst of a challenging one–grab one of these quotes to help you or your team plow through it.

  • The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. -Albert Einstein
  • Change is inevitable. Change is constant. -Benjamin Disraeli
  • When you’re finished changing, you’re finished. -Benjamin Franklin
  • The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress. -Charles Kettering
  • If you don’t like change, you will like irrelevance even less. -General Eric Shinseki
  • Change means that what was before wasn’t perfect. People want things to be better. -Esther Dyson
  • Resistance at all cost is the most senseless act there is. -Friedrich Durrenmatt
  • If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. -Gail Sheehy
  • Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. -George Bernard Shaw
  • When people shake their heads because we are living in a restless age, ask them how they would like to life in a stationary one, and do without change. -George Bernard Shaw
  • 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
  • He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. -Harold Wilson
  • Change before you have to. -Jack Welch
  • People can cry much easier than they can change. -James Baldwin
  • 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
  • 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
  • Be the change that you wish to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi
  • 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
  • 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
  • If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. -Maya Angelou
  • I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. -Mother Teresa
  • The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. -Nathaniel Branden
  • Change your thoughts and you change your world. -Norman Vincent Peale
  • People don’t resist change. They resist being changed. -Peter Senge
  • You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. -R. Buckminster Fuller
  • 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
  • It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. -W. Edwards Deming
  • There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. -Winston Churchill
  • To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. -Winston Churchill


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