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A collection of best quotes and thought about 'change' by famous people.

Inspirational Quotes About Change That Will Give You A New Perspective

It is said that change is the only constant in life. Truly, it is an intrinsic part of our existence as we cannot grow without change. Nevertheless, not all change is good, and our apathy towards change can often be credited to our fear of the unknown, as we often seek comfort in things that are certain. However, we must accept change as an important part of life and learn to adjust to the changes to our surroundings. We as human being progressed only because we explored new ideas and adapted to new situations. Change can happen on a personal level as well; changing one's outlook towards life can often help someone get out of difficult emotional phases and achieve lofty goals. Writers, politicians, world leaders and spiritual gurus have often urged people to embrace change for personal and societal growth. Here are some of their motivational words.

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.

Maya Angelou

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

It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime...

Khaled Hosseini

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.

William Faulkner

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

Nelson Mandela

I never change, I simply become more myself.

Joyce Carol Oates

Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.

Mary Shelley

I don't know that love changes. People change. Circumstances change.

Nicholas Sparks

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

Albert Einstein

People change and forget to tell each other.

Lillian Hellman

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.


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

We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming - well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.

Amy Tan

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

Andy Warhol

Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.

Albert Einstein

If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.

Amy Tan

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

Mother Teresa

If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.

Albert Einstein

You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it.

Neil Gaiman

Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.

Philip Roth

Well, that's your opinion, isn't it? And I'm not about to waste my time trying to change it.

Lady Gaga

You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude

Eleanor Roosevelt

For me, 'revolution' simply means radical change.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man, then complain he's not the man she married?

Barbra Streisand

I don't write particularly to effect social change. I believe writing can do that, but that's not why I write.

August Wilson

I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.

John Lennon

To appropriate an invention, be it artistic or technical, you have to have at least a part of your spirit embracing it so radically that you somehow change.

Orhan Pamuk

This was the way I was brought up to think of politics, that politics was to do with ethics, it was to do with responsibility, it was to do with service, so I think I was conditioned to think like that, and I'm too old to change now.

Aung San Suu Kyi

No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you've come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.


I haven't the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.

David Sedaris

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.

Aldous Huxley

The democracy process provides for political and social change without violence.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Why change? Everyone has his own style. When you have found it, you should stick to it.

Audrey Hepburn

And now, I'm just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.

Lady Gaga

A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.

Barack Obama

Do creative, social, and civic attitudes change depending on where we live? Yes, I think so.

David Byrne

Choose your corner, pick away at it carefully, intensely and to the best of your ability and that way you might change the world.

Charles Eames

I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.

Tupac Shakur

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it. [These words are also inscribed upon his grave]

Karl Marx

More people, especially young people, are realising that if they want change, they've got to go about it themselves - they can't depend on a particular person, i.e. me, to do all the work. They are less easy to fool than they used to be, they now know what's going on all over the world.

Aung San Suu Kyi

I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.


I am invariably late for appointments - sometimes as much as two hours. I've tried to change my ways but the things that make me late are too strong, and too pleasing.

Marilyn Monroe

We will not change in matters of policy until such time as dialogue has begun.

Aung San Suu Kyi

You can suffer the pain of change or suffer remaining the way you are.

Joyce Meyer

Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. then your love would also change.

William Shakespeare

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when their right.

Marilyn Monroe

Things do not change; we change.

Henry David Thoreau

Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.

Malcolm X

A revolution simply means great change, significant change, and that's how I'm defining it - great change for the better, brought about through non-violent means.

Aung San Suu Kyi

When you blame others, you give up your power to change.

Robert Anthony

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

Each new season grows from the leftovers from the past. That is the essence of change, and change is the basic law.

Hal Borland

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

Stephen Hawking

What does Burma have to give the United States? We can give you the opportunity to engage with people who are ready and willing to change a society.

Aung San Suu Kyi

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.

Brian Tracy

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.

Robert F. Kennedy

Pop music often tells you everything is OK, while rock music tells you that it's not OK, but you can change it.


Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.

Isabel Allende

I could never pretend something I didn't feel. I could never make love if I didn't love, and if I loved I could no more hide the fact than change the color of my eyes.

Marilyn Monroe

Either kill me or take me as I am, because I'll be damned if I ever change.

Marquis de Sade

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.

Robert F. Kennedy

Everyone must dream. We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming - well, that's like saying you can never change your fate. Isn't that true?

Amy Tan

I do kabbalistic meditation. It's not unlike time travel; it can change the past and not just the future. You can look at what was lost and go beyond the grief of what was lost.

Roseanne Barr

We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.

George Orwell

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

Never too late to change your relationship with somebody in your life.

Anderson Cooper

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

Mark Twain

Wind is lord and change is sovereign of the strand.

Algernon Charles Swinburne

We are the change we have been waiting for.

Barack Obama

If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.

Martin Luther

You know, I don't really do that much looking inside me when I'm working on a project. Whatever I am becomes what that film is. But I change; you change.

Steven Spielberg

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr

People want to change everything and, at the same time, want it all to remain the same.

Paulo Coelho

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.


God, grant me strength to accept those things I cannot change.

Dan Brown

Change is one thing. Acceptance is another.

Arundhati Roy

Gonna change my way of thinking, make my self a different set of rules. Gonna put my good foot forward and stop being influenced by fools.

Bob Dylan

I didn't always value the ways black people talked. I thought, in order to make art out of it, you had to change it.

August Wilson

When you make a choice, you change the future.

Deepak Chopra

God grant me to SERENITY to accept what I cannot change the TENACITY to change what I may and the GOOD LUCK not to f*** up too often

Stephen King

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.

Malala Yousafzai

Listen. To live is to be marked. To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals really know. In perfect stillness, frankly, I've only found sorrow.

Barbara Kingsolver

At that moment I had no mind to change, or not change, or throw against the nearest wall.

James Patterson

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

Gautama Buddha

People can cry much easier than they can change.

James Baldwin

If I decided I'm the girl to change the world, I can do it anytime.

Demi Lovato

There are times when the world is rearranging itself, and at times like that, the right words can change the world.

Orson Scott Card

Many things happen in life. There are joyous days and times of suffering. Sometimes unpleasant things occur. But that's what makes life so interesting. The dramas we encounter are part and parcel of being human. If we experienced no change or drama in our lives, if nothing unexpected ever happened, we would merely be like automatons, our lives unbearably monotonous and dull. Therefore, please develop a strong self so that you can enact the drama of your life with confidence and poise in the face of whatever vicissitudes you may encounter.

Daisaku Ikeda

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading

Gautama Buddha

If any man claims the Negro should be content... let him say he would willingly change the color of his skin and go to live in the Negro section of a large city. Then and only then has he a right to such a claim.

Robert F. Kennedy

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.


Everyone can change.

Hillary Clinton

Without a struggle, there can be no progress.

Frederick Douglass

I think a fundamentalist is somebody who believes something unshakably and isn't going to change their mind.

Richard Dawkins

I won't change anything in my life I'm staying myself tonight

Demi Lovato

One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.

Nelson Mandela

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

William James

I've always done whatever I felt like doing in life. People may try to stop me, and convince me I'm wrong, but I won't change.

Haruki Murakami

On some campuses, change is effected through nonviolent or even violent means.

Hillary Clinton

If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.

Katharine Hepburn

Our heads are round so thought can change direction

Allen Ginsberg