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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
"What" Change Is: The Dynamic of Change
"Who" All Change Begins With: A Revolution From Within
"How" Change Is: Waves from Ocean(God) to Shore(You)
"When" Change Really Begins to Happen

"Why" Change is a Vehicle for Growth and Expansion
"Where" Change Seems to be "Forced" Upon You
What Stops You from Changing: FEAR!
What Happens When You Try "Not" to Change
Strategies for Surviving Through and Thriving on Change
The Many Lessons Flowing From Change

The Changeless Face of Change

"All things change; nothing perishes."
   -
Ovid ("Metamorphoses")

"Everything changes, nothing remains without change."
   -
Gautama Buddha

"Nothing endures but change. There is nothing permanent except change. All is flux, nothing stays still."
   -
Heraclitus

"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."
   -
George Gordon, Lord Byron

"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?"
   -
Marcus Aurelius ("Meditations")

"The art of progress is to preserve order amid change."
   -
A. N. Whitehead

"All things must change to something new, to something different."
   -
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The more things change, the more they remain the same. (Plus Áa change, plus c'est la mÍme chose.)"
   -
Alphonse Karr ("Les GuÍpes")

"Work and struggle and never accept an evil that you can change."
   -
Andre Gide

"One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine with only interests."
   -
John Stuart Mill

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
God hath made every thing beautiful in his time:
......also he hath set the world in their heart,
I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it,
nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been…"
   -
Bible: Ecclesiastes (3:1-4,6-8,14-15)

"What" Change Is: The Dynamic of Change

"The atom, being for all practical purposes the stable unit of the physical plane, is a constantly changing vortex of reactions."
   -
Kabbalah

"Turbulence is life force: it is opportunity. Let's love turbulence & use it for change."
   -
Ramsay Clark

"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."
   -
Helena Petrova Blavatsky

"To change and to change for the better are two different things."
   -
German Proverb

"Change is scientific, change is undeniable, whereas progress is a matter of opinion and controversy."
   -
Bertrand Russell

"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."
   -
G. C. Lichtenberg

"Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better."
   -
Richard Hooker

"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."
   -
Deepak Chopra ("Seven Spiritual Laws of Success")

"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."
   -
Saul Alinsky

"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."
   -
Joyce Cary

"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."
   -
Samuel Johnson

"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."
   -
Elspeth Huxley

"The basic fact of today is the tremendous pace of change in human life."
   -
Jawaharal Nehru

"Who" All Change Begins With: A Revolution From Within

"I'm starting with the man in the mirror, I'm asking him to change his ways.
No message could have been any clearer. If you want to change, you gotta take the time. You gotta make the change. Change. Change. Change."
   -
Michael Jackson ("The Man in the Mirror")

"We must become the change we want to see."
   -
Mohandas K. Gandhi

"Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me."
   -
Carol Burnett

"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.
......
Correct yourself and your world will change."
   - Kirsten Zambucka

"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."
   -
Confucius

"The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands."
   -
Robert M. Pirsig

"I realized the problem was me and nobody could change me except myself."
   -
John Petworth

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

"If one desires a change, one must be that change before it can take place."
   -
Gita Bellin

"Fortune does not change men, it unmasks them."
   -
Suzanne Necker

"The people and circumstances around me do not MAKE me what I am, they REVEAL who I am."
   -
Dr. Laura Schlessinger

"We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves."
   -
Lynn Hall ("Where Have All the Tigers Gone?")

"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. Discover."
   -
Mark Twain

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has!"
   -
Margaret Meade

"How" Change Breaks like Waves from the Ocean (God) to Shore (You)

"All of nature is change."
   -
Anonymous

"The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us."
   -
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"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 do."
   -
Laura Ingalls Wilder

"Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination."
   -
John Dewey

"No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come."
   -
Victor Hugo

"If an idea is bad, nothing can keep it from failing. It an idea is good, nothing can stop it from succeeding."
   -
Ellen Mogensen

"Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix."
   -
Christina Baldwin

"If you can dream it, you can do it."
   -
Walt Disney

"Hold fast to your dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly."
   -
Langston Hughes

"You see things; and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?'"
   -
George Bernard Shaw

"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
   -
James Dean

"Vision is the art of seeing the invisible."
   -
Jonathan Swift

"Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. Glorious vision combined with decisive action can change the world."
   -
Japanese Proverb

"In a progressive country, change is constant; change is inevitable."
   -
Benjamin Disraeli

"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."
   -
Gerald W. Johnston

"Of all our human resources, the most precious is the desire to improve."
   -
Anonymous

"When" Change Really Begins to Happen

"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."
   -
Anthony Robbins

"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."
   -
Trinidad Hunt

"At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable."
   -
Christopher Reeve

"Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life."
   -
Herbert A. Otto

"Change starts when someone sees the next step."
   -
William Drayton

"Some change their ways when they see the light, others when they feel the heat."
   -
Caroline Schoeder

"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 heat."
   -
Napoleon Hill

"The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. The third step is action."
   -
Nathaniel Branden

"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."
   -
James Gordon MD

"All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small."
   -
Lao Tse

"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.
   -
Bertie C. Forbes

"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."
   -
Herodotus

"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dreams of yesterday are the hopes of today, and the realities of tomorrow."
   -
Anonymous

"You succeed when you find something to hold on to, to motivate and inspire you."
   -
Tony Dorsett

"Why" Change is a Vehicle for Growth and Expansion

"If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living."
   -
Gail Sheehy

"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."
   -
Nolan Ryan

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
   -
Helen Keller

"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."
   -
Chinese Proverb

"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 facts."
   -
William O. Douglas

"Good wood doesn't grow with ease: the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees."
   -
Williard Marriott

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
   -
Sir Winston Churchill

"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties."
   -
Harry S. Truman

"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get back up."
   -
Vince Lombardi

"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight-it's the size of the fight in the dog."
   -
Dwight D. Eisenhower

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet."
   -
James Oppenheim

"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 defeat."
   -
Anonymous

"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 being nothing."
   -
Denis Waitley

"The only man who never makes a mistake is the one who never does anything."
   -
Theodore Roosevelt

"There is only one success - to spend your life in your own way."
   -
Christopher Morley

"Where" Change Seems to be "Forced" Upon You

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).
   -
Barbara Brennan ("Hands of Light")

"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 light."
   -
Brian Weiss MD ("Many Lives, Many Masters")

"Only reincarnation offers a 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 life… 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 joy."
   -
Dr. Hans Holzer ("Life Beyond Life")

"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."
   -
Andre Pezzani ("The Plurality of Soul's Existence")

"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 existence."
   -
Jeanne Avery ("A Soul's Journey")

"Over events, we may have some control, but over the law of life's progress none."
   -
John W. Draper

"Sometimes the answer to prayer is not that it changes life, but that it changes you."
   -
James Dillet Freeman

"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 power."
   -
Hugh White

"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?"
   -
Anonymous

"Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly."
   -
Robert Schuller

"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action."
   -
Benjamin Disraeli

"It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles."
   -
Claude M. Bristol

What Stops You from Changing: False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR)

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself."
   -
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"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."
   -
Darwin P. Kingsley

"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."
   -
King Whitney, Jr.

"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."
   -
Vincent T. Lombardi

"You will suddenly realize that the reason you never changed before was because you didn't want to."
   -
Robert H. Schuller

"Change can either challenge or threaten us. Your beliefs pave your way to success or block you."
   -
Marsha Sinetar ("Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow")

"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."
   -
Lisa Alther

"Most games are lost, not won."
   -
Casey Stengel

"Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely."
   -
Karen Kaiser Clark

What Happens When You Try "Not" to Change

"Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo survives by bending with the wind."
   -
Bruce Lee

"We cannot become what we need to be, remaining what we are."
   -
Max Depree

"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."
   -
Ellen Mogensen

"A rut is a grave with no ends."
   -
Alan Lampkin

"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."
   -
Harry S. Truman

"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 dismount."
   -
Gary Hamel ("Leading the Revolution")

"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."
   -
Ellen Mogensen

Strategies for Surviving Through and Thriving on Change

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
   -
Jimmy Dean

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is."
   -
Albert Einstein

"Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."
   -
Chinese Proverb

"It is funny about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will very often get it."
   -
W. Somerset Maugham

"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."
   -
Gene Oliver ("Life and the Artistry of Change")

"Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world."
   -
A Course In Miracles

"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."
   -
Stephen R. Covey

"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."
   -
Eric Hoffer

"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."
   -
Henry S. Commager

"Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances."
   -
J. Donald Walters

"The secret of success in life is for one to be ready for opportunity when it comes."
   -
Benjamin Disraeli

"Man must be prepared for every event of life, for there is nothing that is durable."
   -
Menander of Athens

"It's not what happens to you; it's what you do about it that makes the difference."
   -
William Mitchell

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to do for it. Establish your priorities and go to work."
   -
H. L. Hunt

"Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure."
   - Edward Eggleston

The Many Lessons Flowing From Change

"The longest journey of any person is the journey inward."
   -
Dag Hammerskjvold

"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 change."
   -
Thomas Carlyle

"Education is the progressive discovery of our ignorance".
   -
Will Durant

"Every adversity, failure, and heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit."
   -
Anonymous

"The best way to have what you want, is to want what you have."
   -
Anonymous

"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."
   -
John Kenneth Galbraith

"Change yourself, change your fortunes."
   -
Portuguese Proverb

"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."
   -
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."
   -
Hugh Prather

"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."
   -
Thomas Crum

"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."
   -
Herman Hesse ("Steppenwolf")

"Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does."
   -
Mary S. Almanac

"One positive thought, given a chance to survive and thrive, can overpower an army of negative thoughts."
   -
Robert H. Schuller

"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."
   -
Charles Darwin

"Whatever you have achieved, there is always more to achieve, more to explore, more to master."
   -
Anonymous


 

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