Quotes #12: Like the Shark, It Never Stops: Famous Quotes on Change
All Conditions are Temporary
Change is a shark in the ocean. Change never stops, never sleeps: it must always keep moving. The good news is if you hate the way things are, they will change. The bad news is if you love the way things are, they are certain to change as well. The only thing inevitable about life is change, not death. Change is here to stay!
The Final Curtain? In any given lifetime, death is only the final change: moving again from a state of physical being into a state of non-physical being. While we are yet in life, we are constantly in a state of change. We grow, then we age. Our cells dies off and replace themselves. We live, we learn. We work ourselves from darkness to light, from negative to positive, from karma to dharma. We do it again.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Change:
The Changeless Face of Change
"All things change; nothing perishes."
"Everything changes, nothing remains without
"Nothing endures but change. There is nothing
permanent except change. All is flux, nothing stays
"The lapse of ages changes all things -- time,
language, the earth, the bounds of the sea, the stars of
the sky, and every thing 'about, around, and underneath'
man, except the nature of man himself."
"Is any man afraid of change?
Why what can take place without change? What then is more
pleasing or more suitable to the universal nature?"
"The art of progress is to preserve order amid
"All things must change to something new, to
"The more things change, the more they remain the
same. (Plus Áa change, plus c'est la mÍme chose.)"
"Work and struggle and never accept an evil that
you can change."
"One person with a belief is equal to a force of
ninety-nine with only interests."
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to
every purpose under the heaven:
"The atom, being for all practical purposes the
stable unit of the physical plane, is a constantly
changing vortex of reactions."
"Turbulence is life force: it is opportunity.
Let's love turbulence & use it for change."
"To act and act wisely when the time for action
comes, to wait and wait patiently when it is time for
repose, put man in accord with the rising and falling
tides (of affairs). So that with nature and law at his
back, and truth and beneficence as his beacon light, he
may accomplish wonders. Ignorance of this law results in
periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and
depression on the other. Man thus becomes the victim of
the tides when he should be their Master."
"To change and to change for the better are two
"Change is scientific, change is undeniable,
whereas progress is a matter of opinion and
"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."
"Change is not made without inconvenience, even
from worse to better."
"This moment - the one you're experiencing right
now - is the culmination of all the moments you have
experienced in the past. This moment is as it is because
the entire universe is as it is."
"Change means movement. Movement means friction.
Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract
world can movement or change occur without that abrasive
friction of conflict."
"For good and evil, man is a free creative
spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a
world in continuous creation and therefore continuous
change and insecurity."
"Such is the state of life: none are happy but by
the anticipation of change: change itself is nothing;
when we have made it, the next wish is to change again.
The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something
tomorrow which I never saw before."
"Only man is not content to leave things as they
are but must always be changing them, and when he has
done so, is seldom satisfied with the result."
"The basic fact of today is the tremendous pace
of change in human life."
"I'm starting with the man in the mirror, I'm
asking him to change his ways.
"We must become the change we want to see."
"Only I can change my life. No one can do it for
"Though I might travel afar, I will meet only
what I carry with me, for every man is a mirror. We see
only ourselves reflected in those around us. Their
attitudes and actions are only a reflection of our own.
The whole world and its condition has its counter parts
within us all. Turn the gaze inward.
"To put the world in order, we must put the
nation in order. To put the nation in order, we must put
the family in order. To put the family in order, we must
nurture our personal life. To cultivate our personal
life, we must first set our hearts right."
"The place to improve the world is first in one's
own heart and head and hands."
"I realized the problem was me and nobody could
change me except myself."
"I wanted to change the world. But I have found
that the only thing one can be sure of changing is
"If one desires a change, one must be that change
before it can take place."
"Fortune does not change men, it unmasks
"The people and circumstances around me do not MAKE
me what I am, they REVEAL
who I am."
"We did not change as we grew older; we just
became more clearly ourselves."
"You will be more disappointed by the things that
you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off
the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the
trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful
committed people can change the world: indeed it's the
only thing that ever has!"
"All of nature is change."
"The task ahead of us is never as great as the
power behind us."
"You venture into the unknown land because that
is where your heart will take you. In the end, it is not
what you want to do, it is something you have to
"Every great advance in science has issued from a
new audacity of imagination."
"No army can withstand the strength of an idea
whose time has come."
"If an idea is bad, nothing can keep it from
failing. It an idea is good, nothing can stop it from
"Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth,
the egg of the phoenix."
"If you can dream it, you can do it."
"Hold fast to your dreams, for if dreams die,
life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly."
"You see things; and you say 'Why?' But I dream
things that never were; and I say 'Why not?'"
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if
you'll die today."
"Vision is the art of seeing the invisible."
"Vision without action is a daydream. Action
without vision is a nightmare. Glorious vision combined
with decisive action can change the world."
"In a progressive country, change is constant;
change is inevitable."
"Nothing changes more constantly than the past;
for the past that influences our lives does not consist
of what happened, but of what men believe happened."
"Of all our human resources, the most precious is
the desire to improve."
"I've continued to recognize the power
individuals have to change virtually anything and
everything in their lives in an instant. I've learned
that the resources we need to turn our dreams into
reality are within us, merely waiting for the day when we
decide to wake up and claim our birthright."
"Life is made of millions of moments, but we live
only one of these moments at a time. As we begin to
change this moment, we begin to change our lives."
"At first, dreams seem impossible, then
improbable, and eventually inevitable."
"Change and growth take place when a person has
risked himself and dares to become involved with
experimenting with his own life."
"Change starts when someone sees the next
"Some change their ways when they see the light,
others when they feel the heat."
"The starting point of all achievement is desire.
Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak
results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of
"The first step toward change is awareness. The
second step is acceptance. The third step is
"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."
"All difficult things have their origin in that
which is easy, and great things in that which is
"History has demonstrated that the most notable
winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles
before they triumphed. They won because they refused to
become discouraged by their defeats.
"Some men give up their designs when they have
almost reached the goal. While others, on the contrary,
obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more
vigorous efforts than ever before."
"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for
the dreams of yesterday are the hopes of today, and the
realities of tomorrow."
"You succeed when you find something to hold on
to, to motivate and inspire you."
"If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't
grow, we aren't really living."
"Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt.
Only by being open to change will you have a true
opportunity to get the most from your talent."
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experience of trial and suffering can the
soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success
"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor
man perfected without trials."
"The search for static security - in the law and
elsewhere - is misguided. The fact is security can only
be achieved through constant change, adapting old ideas
that have outlived their usefulness to current
"Good wood doesn't grow with ease: the stronger
the wind, the stronger the trees."
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every
opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every
"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his
opportunities and an optimist is one who makes
opportunities of his difficulties."
"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's
whether you get back up."
"What counts is not necessarily the size of the
dog in the fight-it's the size of the fight in the
"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet."
"Far better it is to dare mighty things though
checkered with failure, than to rank with those poor
souls, who neither enjoy or suffer much, because they
live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor
"Failure should be our teacher, not our
undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a
temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we
can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and
"The only man who never makes a mistake is the
one who never does anything."
"There is only one success - to spend your life
in your own way."
When change is forced upon you by illness, it is
simply a message from your body to you that
says, 'Wait a minute: something is wrong. You are not
listening to your whole self; you are ignoring something
that is very important to you'
" So listen to
what your body is saying, it will save your life (-EM).
"I know that there is a reason for everything.
Perhaps at the moment that an event occurs we have
neither the insight or the foresight to comprehend the
reason, but with time and patience it will come to
plausible explanation for the seeming inequities of our
physical word; only reincarnation gives us hope that we
do have certain controls over an otherwise prearranged
destiny: our behavior, our attitudes, our way of
and afterlife. Nothing stirs up more
questions, nothing answers more questions than the system
of rebirth cycles in human existence. Those who will
accept the system as natural and all pervasive will find
their lives falling into place differently than before.
Everything suddenly makes sense, everything moves as it
ought to - even if some experiences are not pleasant -
and there is frustration mixed in with success and
"Pre-existence, once admitted as it regards the
past, logically implies a succession of future existences
for all souls that have not yet attained the goal, and
that have imperfections and defilements from which to be
cleansed. In order to enter the 'circle of happiness' and
leave the 'circle of wanderings', one must be pure."
"If lifetime to lifetime is like yesterday to
today, the state of consciousness at the time of death
has much to do with the circumstances of rebirth into a
new life. The level of awareness that can be developed in
between lives plays a factor as well, for a thread of
consciousness runs continuously through all
"Over events, we may have some control, but over
the law of life's progress none."
"Sometimes the answer to prayer is not that it
changes life, but that it changes you."
"When you make a mistake, don't look back at it
long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and
then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The
past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your
"It's only the view from where you sit that makes
you feel defeat. Life is full of many aisles, so why
don't you change your seat?"
"Better to do something imperfectly than to do
"Action may not always bring happiness; but there
is no happiness without action."
"It's the constant and determined effort that
breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all
"We have nothing to fear but fear itself."
"You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do
things you never thought you could do. There are no
limitations in what you can do except the limitations of
your own mind."
"Change has a considerable psychological impact
on the human mind. To the fearful, it is threatening
because it means that things may get worse. To the
hopeful, it is encouraging because things may get better.
To the confident, it is inspiring because the challenge
exists to make things better."
"The difference between a successful person and
others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of
knowledge, but rather in a lack of will."
"You will suddenly realize that the reason you
never changed before was because you didn't want
"Change can either challenge or threaten us. Your
beliefs pave your way to success or block you."
"That's the risk you take if you change: that
people you've been involved with won't like the new you.
But other people who do will come along."
"Most games are lost, not won."
"Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose
"Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily
cracked, while the bamboo survives by bending with the
"We cannot become what we need to be, remaining
what we are."
"Change that is slowed first becomes a habit,
next a rut, lastly a grave. So you have to decide where
you want to live: confined in a habit, lying immobile in
a deep rut, or rotting in a grave."
"A rut is a grave with no ends."
"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
"Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you're on a
dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. Of course,
there are other strategies. You can change riders. You
can get a committee to study the dead horse. You can
benchmark how other companies ride dead horses. You can
declare that it's cheaper to feed a dead horse. You can
harness several dead horses together. But after you've
tried all these things, you're still going to have to
"There are three kinds of people: those who make
things happen, those who let things happen, and those who
wonder: what the !@#$ just happened. Those who make
things happen are masters of change while the other two
are it's victims."
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I
can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
"There are only two ways to live your life. One
is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though
"Better to light a candle than to curse the
"It is funny about life: if you refuse to accept
anything but the very best you will very often get
"My past is my wisdom to use today. . . my future
is my wisdom yet to experience. Be in the present because
that is where life resides."
"Seek not to change the world, but choose to
change your mind about the world."
"People can't live with change if there's not a
changeless 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."
"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
"Change does not necessarily assure progress, but
progress implacably requires change. Education is
essential to change, for education creates both new wants
and the ability to satisfy them."
"Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the
simple determination to be happy under all outward
"The secret of success in life is for one to be
ready for opportunity when it comes."
"Man must be prepared for every event of life,
for there is nothing that is durable."
"It's not what happens to you; it's what you do
about it that makes the difference."
"Decide what you want, decide what you are
willing to do for it. Establish your priorities and go to
their success where others end in failure."
"The longest journey of any person is the journey
"The true past departs not, no truth or goodness
realized by man ever dies, or can die; but all is still
here: recognized or not, lives and works through endless
"Education is the progressive discovery of our
"Every adversity, failure, and heartache carries
with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater
"The best way to have what you want, is to want
what you have."
"Faced with the choice between changing one's
mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost
everyone gets busy on the proof."
"Change yourself, change your fortunes."
"The greatest discovery of modern times is that
human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their
minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."
"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
"Being willing to change allows you to move from
a point of view to a viewing point - a higher, more
expansive place, from which you can see both sides."
"Only within yourself exists the other reality
for which you long. I can give you nothing that has not
already its being within yourself. I can throw open to
you no picture gallery but your own soul."
"Who we are never changes. Who we think we are
"One positive thought, given a chance to survive
and thrive, can overpower an army of negative
"It is not the strongest of the species that
survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one that
proves itself the most responsive to change."
"Whatever you have achieved, there is always more
to achieve, more to explore, more to master."
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