Change is one of the few constants in life. From the time we are children, we learn that nothing ever stays the same for very long. For many of us, our relationship with change is complex. It can bring on a great deal of stress, but it can also lead to growth and new opportunities.

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Quotes About Change to Inspire & Motivate

As business owners, we must learn to thrive by adapting, growing, and learning. The following quotes about change will help you find the strength you need to face changes head on and learn to survive and even flourish in the face of change.

        1. “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, a well-known American cultural anthropologist who may be best known for her work with adolescents in Samoa.
        2. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
          ― Leo Tolstoy, a famous Russian writer, best known for writing the book War and Peace, as well as many others.
        3. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
          ― Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionist and former President of South Africa.
        4. “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
          ― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, English novelist and writer in her novel Frankenstein. great and sudden change quote
        5. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
          ― Barack Obama, American attorney and politician and 44th President of the United States.
        6. “Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation.”
          ― Maya Angelou, American poet, actress, and leader in the civil rights movement.
        7. “And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”
          ― Libba Bray, an American YA author in her book The Sweet Far change happens quote
        8. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
          ― Mother Teresa, a Roman Catholic nun and missionary who was best known for her devotion to caring for the sick and poor.
        9. “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”
          ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a Russian writer and novelist, in his famous book Crime and Punishment. 
        10. “I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”
          ― Aldous HuxleyEnglish writer, novelist, and philosopher who is best known for the books change the world quoteBrave New World and Point Counter Point. 
        11. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”
          ― Brené Brown, a research professor, well-known speaker, and writer.
        12. “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
          Albert Einstein, a German-born theoretical physicist, best known for developing the Theory of Relativity and his influence on the philosophy of science.
        13. “Change before you have to.”
          Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric.
        14. “There is nothing wrong with change if it is in the right direction. ”
          Winston Churchhill, British politician and army officer, best known for being the Prime Minister of England in the 1940s and 50s.
        15. “Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.”
          Kerri Russell, American actress and dancer.smallest decision quote
        16. “In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”
          Warren Buffet, American business investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
        17. “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, business educator, speaker, and President of Sanborn & Associates, Inc.
        18. “Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.”
          Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, writer, and motivational speaker.better by chance quote
        19. “Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history.”
          Joan Wallach Scott, an American entrepreneur, writer, and motivational speaker.
        20. “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, the London-born journalist best known for his writing for the Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times.
        21. “The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.”
          Kiran Desai, Indian author is best known for writing The Inheritance of Loss.
        22. “Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.”
          Grace Hopper, American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral.allergic to change grace hopper quote
        23. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
          Martin Luther King, Jr., American minister and activist best known as a leader in the civil rights movement.
        24. “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; because what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves and we must die in one life before we can enter another.”
          Anatole France, famous French poet and journalist.
        25. “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.”
          C. JoyBell C., author and poet.

Final Thoughts About Change

Change is uncomfortable, but business owners must learn to embrace it in order to succeed. Let these quotes about change inspire you to welcome change in all its forms.

Remember, nothing good ever came from doing things the same way they’ve always been done.

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