In recent blogs we have been examining the impact of change and how to lead and manage change in the church. Below are a variety of change quotes from well known leaders and writers I have found inspiring and challenging.
Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
For the past 33 years, 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.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
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.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.
Viktor E. Frankl
There is nothing permanent except change.
Things do not change; we change.
Henry David Thoreau
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.
The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.
Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.
A. C. Benson
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.
Ignorance is always afraid of change.
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
When you are through changing, you are through.
Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.
Change brings opportunity.
If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
There is nothing so stable as change.
Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk.
William Arthur Ward
When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight.
Change before you have to.
Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
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.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.
In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.
J. Paul Getty
Change occurs in direct proportion to dissatisfaction, but dissatisfaction never changes.
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.
Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.
Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
Joel A. Barker
If you really want to truly understand something, try to change it.
Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.
Pauline R. Kezer
Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history.
Joan Wallach Scott
You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler.
Change is inevitable — except from a vending machine.
Robert C. Gallagher
If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.
Unless things change, they stay the same.
Change, for the kingdom of heaven is near.
Posted on March 24, 2015