115 Inspirational Change Quotes to Shift Your Mindset


Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the continuous changes life throws at you? This list of the most inspirational change quotes will help you to cultivate a positive mindset about change. P.S.: If you love quotes, be sure to also have a look at our collection of quotes that give you strength during tough times.

Change is all around us. No matter how hard we try, we will never be able to keep up with all the latest developments. The fact that change and innovation are accelerating rapidly makes it even more difficult to stay on top of the game. No matter how difficult it is to keep learning and to keep adapting, it is crucial for your success in life.

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Rob Siltanen

The way how you respond to unexpected and sometimes even unfavorable changes determines to a certain degree your happiness and success in life. Interestingly enough, your mindset influences whether or not you are able to discover the hidden opportunities that come with alterations or transformations in your environment. Unfortunately, we often associate uncertainty, danger, and a lack of control with unwelcome changes in our lives. So instead of where coming and embracing change, we may be left behind we don’t learn how to deal with change.

Change quotes

Inspirational change quotes like this help you to embrace change and adapt flexibly

In order to stay agile and to make the best of changes in your life, your mindset needs to encourage and welcome change. Otherwise, it will only hold you back from exploring new opportunities. To help you in using change to your advantage, we have dug up some of the most inspirational change quotes. These are the quotes that will help you to embrace change.

115 Inspirational Change Quotes to Level up Your Mindset

The remarkable thing about extraordinarily successful individuals is how they have reacted to changes in their lives. Not only did they recognize the signs of changing times, but they also managed to be some of the first to profit off these changes. By listening and learning from these high performers, we can understand how they think about adapting to change. To help you save a lot of time, we have collected for you the most inspirational statements from these individuals. Enjoy reading!

Here’s our selection of powerful change quotes


Change quote

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward.”
Rob Siltanen


Transformational change of a butterfly

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
Maya Angelou


Spontaneous changes quote

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
Lao Tzu


Being afraid of change quote

“There can be no life without change, and to be afraid of what is different or unfamiliar is to be afraid of life.”
Theodore Roosevelt


Making sense of change quote

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
Alan Wilson Watts


“We should strive to welcome change and challenges, because they are what help us grow. Without them we grow weak like the Eloi in comfort and security. We need to constantly be challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence.”
H.G. Wells


“We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”
Charles R. Swindoll


“In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.”
Eric Hoffer


“Nobody likes to change. There will always be resistance to change, and there always will be change. And the quicker you get to that, the easier it is. It’s not such a difficult thing. If you entrench yourself and go, ‘By God, I will not change, I will not have this.’ Then, you’re a dead man. We’re great at adaptability. It’s our strongest suit.”
Nick Nolte


“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Steve Jobs


“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
Stephen Hawking


“Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and best at the end.”
Robin Sharma


“Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy.”
W. Somerset Maugham


“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
Leon C. Megginson


“Learn to adapt. Things change, circumstances change. Adjust yourself and your efforts to what it is presented to you so you can respond accordingly. Never see change as a threat, because it can be an opportunity to learn, to grow, evolve and become a better person.”
Rodolfo Costa


“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”
Anatole France


”If nothing ever changed, there would be no such things as butterflies.”
Wendy Mass


“The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.”
Bill Clinton


“The changes we dread most may contain our salvation.”
Barbara Kingsolver


“Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and make new ones like them.”
Marcus Aurelius


“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
Winston S. Churchill


“Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“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


“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


“People will try to tell you that all the great opportunities have been snapped up. In reality, the world changes every second, blowing new opportunities in all directions, including yours.”
Ken Hakuta


“Change isn’t always for the worst; the shell that forms around a piece of sand looks to some people like an irritation, and to others, like a pearl.”
Jodi Picoult


“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


“Change can be hard. It requires no extra effort to settle for the same old thing. Auto-pilot keeps us locked into past patterns.”
John Mark Green


“Learn to adjust yourself to the conditions you have to endure, but make a point of trying to alter or correct conditions so that they are most favorable to you.”
William Frederick Book


“Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.”
Michael Hyatt


“There are things I can’t force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.”
Denis Diderot


“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


“Do not get obsolete like an old technology, keep innovating yourself.”
Sukant Ratnakar


“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Buckminster Fuller


“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.”
Helen Keller


“It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change.”
H.G. Wells


“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”
Peter Drucker


“Embrace each challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation.”
Bernie S. Siegel


“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.”
John F. Kennedy


“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed.”
C. JoyBell C.


“Don’t be too quick to draw conclusions from what happens to you; simply let it happen. Otherwise, it will be too easy for you to look with blame… at your past, which naturally has a share with everything that now meets you.”
Rainer Maria Rilke


“Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change.”
Richard Branson


“I know this transformation is painful, but you’re not falling into something different, with a new capacity to be beautiful.”
William C. Hannan


“If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.”
Jeff Bezos


“Chance favors the connected mind.”
Steven Johnson


“The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.”
Kakuzo Okakura


“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.”
Roy T. Bennett


“Keep in mind that imagination is at the heart of all innovation. Crush or constrain it and the fun will vanish.”
Albert-Laszlo Barabasi


“The most successful people are those who accept, and adapt to constant change. This adaptability requires a degree of flexibility and humility most people can’t manage.”
Paul Lutus


“The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar… Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.”
Aldous Huxley


“We would rather be ruined than changed
We would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the moment
And let our illusions die.”
W. H. Auden


“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”


“Action and adaptability create opportunity.”
Garrison Wynn


“All failure is failure to adapt, all success is successful adaptation.”
Max McKeown


“Life requires of man spiritual elasticity, so that he may temper his efforts to the chances that are offered.”
Viktor E. Frankl


“Transformation isn’t sweet and bright. It’s a dark and murky, painful pushing. An unraveling of the untruths you’ve carried in your body. A practice in facing your own created demons. A complete uprooting, before becoming.”
Victoria Erickson


“I see no advantage in these new clocks. They run no faster than the ones made 100 years ago.”
Henry Ford


“Conformity to the present is invisibility to the future.”
Stefan Molyneux


“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change.”
Paulo Coelho


“Nothing happens until the pain of remaining the same outweighs the pain of change.”
Arthur Burt


“The Change Maker is a change thinker who has applied change-thinking techniques to taking steps towards achieving a vision or goal. Change Makers have many characteristics of the entrepreneur, combining creative thinking, focus and passion with a healthy disregard for conformity in order to achieve their vision and thereby bring about real change in their lives — and, by implication, in the world.”
Tony Buzan, Barry Buzan


“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”
Leo Tolstoy


“Change not only was inevitable, but usually brought its own rewards.”
Nicholas Sparks


“People who can change and change again are so much more reliable and happier than those who can’t”
Stephen Fry


“All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.”
Bruce Lee


“Real change is difficult at the beginning. Without the familiar to rely upon, you may not in as much command as you had once been. When things are not going your way, you will start doubting yourself. Stay positive, keep the faith, and keep moving forward – your breakthrough may be just around the corner.”
Roy T. Bennett


“A tiny change today brings a dramatically different tomorrow.”
Richard Bach


“Transforming your life? That requires courage, commitment, and effort. It’s tempting to stay camped in the zone of That’s-Just-How-It-Is. But to get to the really good stuff in life, you have to be willing to become an explorer and adventurer.”
John Mark Green


“Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.”
John Steinbeck


“In every change, in every falling leaf, there is some pain, some beauty. And that’s the way new leaves grow.”
Amit Ray


“Nothing endures but change.”


“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”
Friedrich Nietzsche


“Change is inevitable, but transformation is by conscious choice.”
Heather Ash Amara


“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
Steve Maraboli


“The wings of transformation are born of patience and struggle.”
Janet S. Dickens


“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi


“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
Albert Einstein


“Peak performers see the ability to manage change as a necessity in fulfilling their missions.”
Charles A. Garfield


“You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.”
George Lucas


“People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.”
Peter Senge


“If you start thinking of stress as not a bad thing but inevitable, resulting in change that itself leads to a transformation that leads to sharp and radical changes… it can be a very useful way of thinking.”
Marilyn Ferguson


“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. It’s the end you’re after.”
Anthony Robbins


“A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.”
Chinese Proverb


“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
Maya Angelou


“Life is neither static nor unchanging. With no individuality, there can be no change, no adaptation and, in an inherently changing world, any species unable to adapt is also doomed.”
Jean M. Auel


“The past can teach us, nurture us, but it cannot sustain us. The essence of life is change, and we must move ever forward or the soul will wither and die.”
Susanna Kearsley


“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw


“We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.”
Katharine Hepburn


“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.”
Aldous Huxley


“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”
Brene Brown


“Adaptability is about the powerful difference between adapting to cope and adapting to win.”
Max McKeown


“People LOVE change (when it’s about changing others). People HATE change (when it’s about changing themselves).”
Richie Norton


“Yes, your transformation will be hard. Yes, you will feel frightened, messed up and knocked down. Yes, you’ll want to stop. Yes, it’s the best work you’ll ever do.”
Robin Sharma


“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 they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
Marilyn Monroe


“Our ability to adapt is amazing. Our ability to change isn’t quite as spectacular.”
Lisa Lutz


“Life is about moving, it’s about change. And when things stop doing that they’re dead.”
Twyla Tharp


“It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.”
W. Edwards Deming


“Blessed are the flexible for they will not allow themselves to become bent out of shape!”
Robert Ludlum


”How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively. Orange Butterfly “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
Trina Paulus


“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
Rob Siltanen


“Changing is what people do when they have no options left.”
Holly Black


“Change is the end result of all true learning.”
Leo Buscaglia


“Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes.”
Roy T. Bennett


“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
Eckhart Tolle


“Life is a continous journey of transformation.”
Sukant Ratnakar


“Transformation does not happen by learning new information. It happens when you change how you view and react to other people, events and things around you.”
Med Jones


“Change is freedom, change is life”
Ursula K. Le Guin


”Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.”
Drew Barrymore


“Real transformation requires real honesty. If you want to move forward ? get real with yourself.”
Bryant McGill


“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life’.”
Helen Exley


“The more you adapt, the more interesting you are.”
Martha Stewart


“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.”
Albert Camus


“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.”
H. G. Wells


“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”
Wayne W. Dyer


“Remember that on any world the wind eventually wears away the stone, because the stone can only crumble; the wind can change.”
A.C. Crispin


“The only person who is spiritually smart is the one who has learned how to learn, unlearn, and change directions instantly, and start all over again, if your soul calls for it.”
Michelle L. Casto

I hope you enjoyed this collection of inspirational change quotes. Do you embrace change or do you sometimes struggle to keep up with an ever-changing world?

Stay victorious!


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