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Famous Change Quotations

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"I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself."
by Aldous Huxley
"Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?"
by Andy Warhol
"In 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."
by Eric Hoffer
"If we want everything to remain as it is, it will be necessary for everything to change."
by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
"All great change in America begins at the dinner table."
by Ronald Reagan
"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."
by George Bernard Shaw
"Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better."
by Richard Hooker
"All things must change to something new, to something strange."
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"A day lays low and lifts up again all human things."
by Sophocles
"The only thing that does not change, is change itself."
by Leo Veness
"There is the good and the bad, the great and the low, the just and the unjust. I swear to you that all that will never change."
by Albert Camus
"Things of this world are in so constant a flux, that nothing remains long in the same state."
by John Locke
"They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."
by Andy Warhol
"Things don't change, but by and by our wishes change."
by Marcel Proust
"Things do not change; we change."
by Henry David Thoreau
"To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are."
by Eric Hoffer
"True beauty lies deep within. No matter what you look like on the outside, if you know you are beautiful, nothing can change that."
by Amy Davis
"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world."
by Joel Barker
"We are chameleons, and our partialities and prejudices change place with an easy and blessed facility, and we are soon wonted to the change and happy in it."
by Mark Twain
"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."
by Malcolm X
"Up to this point in time, there were far fewer decisions and actions required. This really is a fundamental change in the program and the expectations for elderly and disabled people."
by Tricia Neuman
"Up 50 or up 10 or two, we play the same way. The minute you change the way you play, the minute you get worse as a player. You don't get too many games in the Olympics. You have to take advantage of all of them."
by Diana Taurasi
"We come from an environment molded from 3 billion years of evolution, and when we change our behavior, there may be problems."
by Richard Stevens
"We look at this every which way and we really cannot find evidence of some seismic change in consumer behavior."
by Paul Ballew
"We found in this long journey in a short time a great capacity for honesty, a great solidarity from the people for the Egyptian program for change, for the Egyptian program to reform this nation,"
by Ayman Nour
"We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing."
by R. D. Laing
"We should have hit them. The girls were a little off. I kind of noticed that before we even left (Gilroy High). But we couldn't change that quick enough."
by Catherine Hallada
"We should change our attitude toward the United Nations. There has to be some power in the world superior to our own. We should not have attacked Iraq without the okay of the United Nations. Now we have to live with that mistake. We're living with it, and too many of our guys are dying with it."
by Anonymous
"What you keep by you, you may change and mend but words, once spoken, can never be recalled."
by Earl of Roscommon
"Why abandon a belief merely because it ceases to be true? Cling to it long enough and... it will turn true again, for so it goes. Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor."
by Anonymous
"You have the power to change."
by Les Brown
"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."
by Jim Rohn
"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts."
by Arnold Bennett
"But then, Wagner added, the adolescent is also far more developed than the newborn and yet society values both lives equally. The burden for pro-choice advocates, therefore, is to demonstrate that the change a human undergoes as she develops from a fetus to a newborn [is] so different from all future developments that it alters her ontological status entirely. They must also show that the value of a human being depends on the characteristics that he or she acquires rather than on the kind of thing that it is."
by Steve Wagner
"Because they're sponges, it's better to incorporate it into their lives now rather than change behavior (later)."
by Susan Ward
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
by Barack Obama
"Change starts when someone sees the next step."
by William Drayton
"Change of weather is the discourse of fools."
by Thomas Fuller
"Change is inevitable. Change is constant."
by Benjamin Disraeli
"Change is difficult but often essential to survival."
by Les Brown
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."
by Leo Tolstoy
"Familiarity may breed contempt in some areas of human behavior, but in the field of social ideas it is the touchstone of acceptability."
by J. William Galbraith
"Everest Software continues to effectively implement its business plan in bringing to market a comprehensive and affordable business management solution that has the capability to change the way growing companies operate their businesses. Everest has the right mix of technology, market focus and experienced leadership to capitalize on this evolving market."
by Andy Jones
"Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown."
by George Shinn
"Grow we must, if we outgrow all that loves us."
by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"I think that 9/11 is a greater loss if we do not change our behavior in some way. I think that if we don't turn it into a positive change in some way, those innocent people really died for no purpose. I would like to think they had some important purpose. What I see, that I don't like, is the product of what our land of opportunity can breed."
by Doug Davidson
"If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living."
by Gail Sheehy
"In college basketball this year, a one and two and three seed are pretty much the same quality team. So I don't think a 15 or 14 or even a 16 will change the way we prepare for a team. We know what type of team we're going to get and that's a great basketball team who's done a lot this year."
by Ibrahim Jaaber
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
by Maya Angelou
"In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one."
by James Burgh
"Ladies and gentlemen, history keeps repeating itself but doesn't teach us any lessons. 'Never again' has turned into 'again and again and again.' So tonight, ladies and gentlemen, take Hotel Rwanda as a wake-up call and a message to be our messenger that people are the ones who can change what they want to change."
by Paul Rusesabagina
"Life may change, but it may fly not; Hope may vanish, but can die not; Truth be veiled, but still it burneth; Love repulsed, -- but it returneth."
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
"Just because we have 30 students in a course doesn't mean we'll sell 30 books. It's going to affect everybody. It may just be a change of how we sell books."
by Jack Vaughn
"Men are but children of a larger growth, Our appetites as apt to change as theirs, And full as craving too, and full as vain."
by John Dryden
"Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those I had to kill because they pissed me off."
by Anonymous
"Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas."
by Laurence Sterne
"Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents. New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. Nothing ever happens twice alike. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects. The most tranquil house, with the most serene inhabitants, living upon the utmost regularity of system, is yet exemplifying infinite diversities."
by Henry Ward Beecher
"One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Taste may change, but inclination never."
by Francois de la Rochefoucauld
"Suicide may also be regarded as an experiment -- a question which man puts to Nature, trying to force her to answer. The question is this: What change will death produce in a man's existence and in his insight into the nature of things? It is a clumsy experiment to make; for it involves the destruction of the very consciousness which puts the question and awaits the answer."
by Anonymous
"No matter what you believe, it doesn't change the facts."
by Al Kersha
"Normal social behavior requires that we be able to recognize identities in spite of change. Unless we can do so, there can be no human society as we know it."
by Kenneth Pike
"None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting a few months or a few years to change all the tenor of our lives."
by Kathleen Norris
"Nobody is one asking Western companies to go and lobby the Chinese government to change its behavior. That's not possible. But what we are asking companies to do is change the way in which they respond to Chinese government behavior and the way in which they interact with it, and that they can control."
by Rebecca MacKinnon
"Markets change, tastes change, so the companies and the individuals who choose to compete in those markets must change."
by An Wang
"Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense."
by Joseph Addison
"Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change."
by Confucius
"Much of what we call evil is due entirely to the way men take the phenomenon. It can so often be converted into a bracing and tonic good by a simple change of the sufferer's inner attitude from one of fear to one of fight; its string can so often depart and turn into a relish when, after vainly seeking to shun it, we agree to face about and bear it..."
by William James
"Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes and I am left the same. The more things change the more I am the same. I am what I started with, and when it is all over I will be all that is left of me."
by Hugh Prather
"Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness."
by Francois de la Rochefoucauld
"Inside yourself or outside, you never have to change what you see, only the way you see it."
by Thaddeus Golas
"It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own."
by Thomas Jefferson
"It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone."
by Oscar Wilde
"No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change."
by John Ruskin
"I've been worried in the past. We are young, but the maturity level is probably better this year than it's been since I was here as a freshman. After the game ... no one was yelling at each other or complaining. That's a big change from years past ... and a pretty good sign we're going to rebound just fine. We can still finish strong and have a great season."
by David Castillo
"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."
by Robert Francis Kennedy
"Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely."
by Karen Kaiser Clark
"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts."
by Albert Einstein
"If you really look at humor, that's what most of it is anyway. Somebody wisecracking at somebody else. Putting them down. If you look at all the sitcoms, that's all sitcoms are today. Things never change. Sardonic, sarcastic humor is always prevalent. It's hard to do something funny without being that way. It's classier if you didn't have to resort to it, I think."
by Johnny Hart
"Long-term is a relative term; that's what I've learned. You never know how a team's attitude about a player is going to change."
by Jody Gerut
"Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."
by William James
"I would define a book as a work of magic whence escape, all kinds of images to trouble the souls and change the hearts of men"
by Anatole France
"And that is certainly an option that is on the table, and if Iran does not change its behavior and get back to the negotiating table, it is an option that is available to the international community."
by Scott McClellan
"A lot of organizations that train their employees through our coursework really value the ability to integrate a Cornell executive education experience into their training initiative. They get a high level of service from us, just like they have come to expect from an Ivy League university. And just because there is a greater reach, doesn't mean your admission standards change. You're looking for a certain quality of student who is going to interact in your program."
by Chris Proulx
"A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation."
by Edmund Burke
"All you can be sure about in a political-minded writer is that if his work should last you will have to skip the politics when you read it. Many of the so-called politically enlisted writers change their politics frequently . Perhaps it can be respected as a form of the pursuit of happiness."
by Anonymous
"Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit."
by Norman Mailer
"He wants a better opportunity. I think he looks at our team and sees he's not going to be able to make our team. I don't know what it is. I think he just wants a change of scenery."
by Mike O'Connell
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."
by John F. Kennedy
"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."
by G. C. Lichtenberg
"The universe is change our life is what our thoughts make it."
by Marcus Aelius Aurelius
"If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system."
by Anonymous
"Religions change; beer and wine remain."
by Harvey Allen
"Don't knock the weather nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while."
by Kim Hubbard
"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor."
by Robert Frost
"Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better."
by Harry S Truman
"We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves otherwise we harden."
by Johann von Goethe
"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."
by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
"Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change."
by Ralph Waldo Emerson


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