Change Quotes (152) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Change. Change may include changes in nature, social institutions, social behaviours, or social relations.


“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” 
― Albert Einstein

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

“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

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

“You can't just wish change; you have to live the change in order for it to become a reality.” 
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has done through to achieve that beauty.
― Maya Angelou

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

Standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards in a rapidly changing world.
― Lauren Bacall

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

You must change in order to survive.
― Pearl Bailey

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

We can learn to be the catalysts for our own change.
― Sarah Ban Breathnach

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
― Simone De Beauvoir

Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.
― Ingrid Bengis

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

Syncronistic meetings are like mirrors that reflect something of ourselves. If we want to grow spiritually, all we have to do is take a good look. Synchronicity holds the promise that if we want to change inside, the patterns of our external life will change as well.
― Jean Shinoda Bolen

Nothing we can do can change the past, but everything we do changes the future.
― Ashleigh Brilliant

I believe that life is a journey, often difficult and sometimes incredibly cruel, but we are well equipped for it if only we tap into our talents and gifts and allow them to blossom.
― Les Brown

You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.+
― Les Brown

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
― Buddha

When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.
― Buddha

Only the fairy tale equates changelessness with happiness…Permanence means paralysis and death. Only, in movement, with all its pain, is life.
― Jacob Burckhardt

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 

You are in possession of one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, one that has virtually unlimited potential not only to change your life, but also to change your world.
― Shelly Carson

It only takes one person to change your life - you.
― Ruth Casey

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.
― Carlos Castaneda

A path is only a path, and there's no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do.
― Carlos Castenada

It is quite possible to leave your home for a walk in the early morning air and return a different person – beguiled, enchanted.
― Mary Ellen Chase

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold onto.
― Tao Te Ching

Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
― Karen Kaiser Clark

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
― Alan Cohen

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

Resistance is thought transformed into feeling. Change the thought that creates the resistance, and there is no more resistance.
― Robert Conklin

Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis -- once that crisis can be recognized and understood.
― Norman Cousins 

People can't live with change if there's not a chageless core inside them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.
― Stephen R. Covey

I believe each human being has the potential to change, to transform one's own attitude, no matter how difficult the situation.
― Dalai Lama

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

It's not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.
― Miles Davis

Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
― Simone de Beauvoir

The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place.
― Barbara DeAngelis

Remember that the six most expensive words in business are: ‘We’ve always done it that way.’
― Catherine DeVrye

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.
― Jack Dixon

The most effective way to manage change is to create it.
― Peter F. Drucker

Everything that you are against works against you. Everything that you are against can be restated in a way that puts you in support of something. When you are able to state what you are for rather than what you are against, you are focusing on the potential for positive change. Once that is in place, you will find whatever you are focusing on expanding.
― Wayne Dyer

What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.
― Wayne Dyer

Deep unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state.
― George Eliot

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.
― Mary Engelbreit

The fluttering of a butterfly’s wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet.
― Paul Erlich

No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.
― Marilyn Ferguson

Creative thinking may mean simply the realization that there's no particular virtue in doing things the way they always have been done.
― Rudolf Flesch

Use the word perhaps to change your negative beliefs to possibilities that invite action and, ultimately, to positive beliefs and probabilities.
― Anita Foley

All real change requires risk. You must take risks every day of your life. You must get up each morning and ask...: What can I do that is different?
― Debbie Ford

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

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

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

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

Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves. 
― Mahatma Gandhi

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

The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That’s all you have to do. Change is not something you do, it’s something you allow.
― Will Garcia

What you thought before has led to every choice you have made, and this adds up to you at this moment. If you want to change who you are physically, mentally, and spiritually, you will have to change what you think.
― Patrick Gentempo

People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
― Elizabeth Gilbert

Improvement begins with I.
― Arnold H. Glasgow

Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.
― Seth Goden

Change almost never fails because it's too early. It almost always fails because it's too late.
― Seth Goden

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

When we change our daily lives - the way we think, speak and act - we change the world.
― Thich Nhat Hanh

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
― Thich Nhat Hanh

Everything is affected by and is part of everything else, changing constantly from one state to another. The rain becomes the river; the river surrenders to the sea and the cycle begins over again. Nothing is ever lost. The melody changes – the dance goes on.
― Connie Harrison

Everything is connected…no one thing can change by itself.
― Paul Hawken

The great thing about the dilemma we’re in is that we get to re-imagine every single thing we do…There isn’t a single thing that doesn’t require a complete remake. There are two ways of looking at that. One is: Oh my gosh, what a big burden. The other way, which I prefer, is: What a great time to be born! What a great time to be alive! Because this generation gets to essentially completely change the world.
― Paul Hawken

The bottom line for everyone is I’m not good enough. It’s only a thought, and a thought can be changed.
― Louise Hay

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river, and he’s not the same man.
― Heraclitus

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

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

The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove.
― Samuel Johnson

We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.
― Sonia Johnson

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
― Carl Jung

As you walk, you cut open and create that riverbed into which the stream of your descendants shall enter and flow.
― Nikos Kazantzakis

Each time we stand up for an ideal, or act to improve the lot of others, or strike out against injustice, we send forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
― Robert F. Kennedy

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

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as inn escaping from the old ones.
― John Maynard Keynes

I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

You have the power in the present moment to change limiting beliefs and consciously plant the seeds for the future of your choosing. As you change your mind, you change your experience.
― Serge Kahili King

To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world -- that I am able to change it in positive ways.
― Maxine Hong Kingston

When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.
― Harold Kushner

You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
― Timothy Leary

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.
― John Lennon

Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress.
― Theodore Levitt

Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.
― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Some of life’s biggest and most positive changes are propelled by mini conspiracies of a few well-meaning folks.
― Dr. Bernard Lown

Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs.
― Maxwell Maltz

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
― Nelson Mandela

What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
― Abraham Maslow

Trust the process of the subtle push toward art and creative expression from inside you – it is the gentle call of your heart and renewed search for soul. It is an opening to expansion of your expressive abilities and the discovery of hidden limitations ready to be challenged. Be open to what it means, it has many possibilities for action in every part of your life. Ultimately it will lead to significant personal changes – to living life in a new way with new tools of creative expression.
― Donald William Mathews

All changes, even positive ones, are scary. Attempts to reach goals through radical or revolutionary means often fail because they heighten fear. But the small steps of kaizen disarm the brain’s fear response, stimulating rational thought and creative play.
― Robert Maurer

Kaizen and innovation are the two major strategies people use to create change. Where innovation demands shocking and radical reform, all kaizen asks is that you take small, comfortable steps toward improvement.
― Robert Maurer

Small actions are at the heart of kaizen. By taking steps so tiny that they seem trivial or even laughable, you’ll sail calmly past obstacles that have defeated you before. Slowly – but painlessly! – you’ll cultivate an appetite for continued success and lay down a permanent new route to change.
― Robert Maurer

To be a leader you must be able to create positive change.
― John C. Maxwell

Creation is a sentient and instinctual flow that determines where to go and what to change or omit.
― Shaun McNiff

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

Creativity is a force for change.
― Dimis Michaelides

You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you’ll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless.
― Caroline Myss

To listen is to continually give up all expectation and to give our attention, completely and freshly, to what is before us, not really knowing what we will hear or what that will mean. In the practice of our days, to listen is to lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear.
― Mark Nepo

God, give us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changes, courage to change the things that can be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.
― Reinhold Niebuhr

All things change, but nothing dies.
― Ovid

Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectation that the other person apologize or change. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them.
― Sara Paddison

Change only favours minds that are diligently looking and preparing for discovery.
― Louis Pasteur

How does one become a butterfly? she asked pensively. You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.
― Trina Paulus

The quickest way to change your attitude toward pain is to accept the fact that everything that happens to us has been designed for our spiritual growth.
― M. Scott Peck

Change always comes bearing gifts.
― Price Pritchett

No action, no change. Limited action, limited change. Lots of action, change occurs.
― Catherine Pulsifer

What motivates you to change, to take action? Those who wait to take action until they find themselves in a desperate situation face more difficulties than they need to.
― Catherine Pulsifer

Some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. 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. Delicious ambiguity.
― Gilda Radner

This one step, choosing a goal and sticking to it, changes everything.
― Scott Reed

In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth.
― Carl Rogers

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
― Carl Rogers

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.
― Carl Rogers

Disgust and resolve are two of the great emotions that lead to change.
― Jim Rohn

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

The kind of spirituality I value is one in which you get great joy out of contributing to life, not just sitting and meditating, although meditation is certainly valuable. But from meditation, from the resulting consciousness, I would like to see people in action creating the world they want to live in.
― Marshall Rosenberg

To change, you must face the dragon of your appetites with another dragon: the life-energy of the soul.
― Rumi

Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope - a slight change, and all patterns alter.
― Sharon Salzberg

People kept telling me art can't change the world; so I stopped calling what I did art.
― Carl Scrase

People don't resist change. They resist being changed.
― Peter Senge 

This, too, shall pass.
― William Shakespeare

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

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living. 
― Gail Sheely

Everybody has a strength to share. If we can tap into that – if people can find ways to contribute whatever their particular unique talent or gift is, then, that really can change the world.
― Bill Shore

Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid changing it.
― Elaine St. James

Every change starts in a small step.
― Ron Stolero

If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.
― Amy Tan

Confront the difficult while it is still easy; accomplish the great task by a series of small acts.
― Tao Te Ching

It is never too late to give up your prejudices.
― Henry David Thoreau

Things do not change, we change.
― Henry David Thoreau

Once we’re thrown off our habitual paths, we think all is lost, but it’s only here that the new and the good begins. 
― Leo Tolstoy

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
― Leo Tolstoy

True life is lived when tiny changes occur.
― Leo Tolstoy

One's self-image and image of the future have a great deal to do with what that person is motivated to do and able to do, as well as the extent to which he is able to change his behavior.
― E. Paul Torrance

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

Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk.
― William Arthur Ward

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

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

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.
― Carol Welch

In the past century, there were more changes than in the previous thousand years. The new century will see changes that will dwarf those of the last.
― H. G. Wells

You can change your beliefs so they empower your dreams and desires. Create a strong belief in yourself and what you want.
― Marcia Wieder

Growth is a detox process, as our weakest, darkest places are sucked up to the surface in order to be released…often, it is not a change in partners but rather a change in perception that delivers us to the love we seek.
― Marianne Williamson

When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. When you improve conditioning a little each day, eventually you have a big improvement in conditioning. Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens – and when it happens, it lasts.
― John Wooden

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