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Georg Christoph LichtenbergI cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is that they must change if they are to get better.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Timothy LearyYou're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.

—  Timothy Leary, 1920-1996, American psychologist

HeraclitusNo man can step twice into the same river.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman

NapoleonVariety made the Revolution. Liberty was just a pretext.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

John WoodenAlthough there is no progress without change, not all change is progress.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Lao-TzuIf you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

George Bernard ShawThe only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Lao-TzuWhat the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Mahatma GandhiOur greatest ability as humans is not to change the world; but to change ourselves.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Winston ChurchillTo improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Arthur SchopenhauerChange alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Laurence J PeterIn spite of warnings, nothing much happens until the status quo becomes more painful than change.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

Andy WarholThey always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Eric HofferIn a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

John KennedyChange is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

Benjamin DisraeliIn a progressive country, change is constant… change is inevitable.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Marquis de SadeWhy do you complain of your fate when you could so easily change it?

—  Marquis de Sade, 1740-1814, French writer

Charles BaudelaireThis life is a hospital where each patient is possessed by the desire to change his bed.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Will DurantCivilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Fyodor DostoyevskyEverybody wants to change the world, but nobody thinks about changing himself.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Karl JungThe meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Karl JungWe cannot change anything unless we accept it.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Alfred North WhiteheadThe art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.

—  Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, British philosopher & mathematician

Jim RohnIf you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Jim RohnWe generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Elbert HubbardIf your religion does not change you, then you had better change your religion.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

William JamesYou can alter your life by altering the state of your mind.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

William JamesThere are 3 rules to follow if you want to change: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Karl MarxThe philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.

—  Karl Marx, 1818-1883, German philosopher

Anton ChekhovIn nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with human beings it is the other way round: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Dwight EisenhowerChange based on principle is progress. Constant change without principle becomes chaos.

—  Dwight Eisenhower, 1890-1969, American general & President

Karl JungDon’t hold on to someone who’s leaving, otherwise you won’t meet the one who’s coming.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Marcel ProustTime, which changes people, does not alter the image we have of them.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

George Bernard ShawProgress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeEvery reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher

Latin Quotes

Latin phraseOnce the necessary changes having been made.

Mutatis mutandis.

—  Latin phrase


Quotes in Verse

Robert FrostMost of the change we think we see in life
Is due to truths being in and out of favor.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Funny Quotes

Mark TwainPoliticians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Ancient Greek

HeraclitusEverything flows, nothing stands still.

Τα πάντα ρει και ουδέν μένει.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

AristotleIn all things, change is sweet.

Μεταβολή δε πάντων γλυκύ.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

HeraclitusNo man can step twice into the same river.

Ποταμώ ουκ έστιν εμβήναι δις τω αυτώ.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher



English proverbVariety is the spice of life.

—  English proverb

International proverbDon't change horses in midstream.

—  International proverb

French proverbThe more it changes, the more it stays the same.

Plus ça change, plus c'est pareil.

—  French proverb

Movie Quotes

The Wizard of Oz (1939)Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

—  from the film The Wizard of Oz (1939)



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