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Inspiring Change Quotes and Sayings


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.

Mahatma Gandhi

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou

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.

Steve Jobs

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

Winston Churchill

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.

Jim Rohn

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.

Margaret Mead

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.

Reinhold Niebuhr

The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.

Nathaniel Branden

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.

Wayne Dyer

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.

Isaac Asimov

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.

Robert Kennedy

Ignorance is always afraid of change.

Jawaharlal Nehru

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.

Anatole France

When you are through changing, you are through.

Bruce Barton

Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.

Denis Waitley

Change brings opportunity.

Nido Qubein

If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.

William  Glasser

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.

Woodrow Wilson

There is nothing so stable as change.

Bob Dylan

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.

Robert Anthony

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight.

Marcus Aurelius

Change before you have to.

Jack Welch

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.

Arnold Bennett

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.

Harold Wilson

All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.

Ellen Glasgow

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.

Douglas Horton

We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.

Edmund Burke

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

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.

William Pollard

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

John Wooden

Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.

Jack Welch

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.

Kurt Lewin

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.

Denis Waitley

Change is inevitable — except from a vending machine.

Robert C. Gallagher

If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.

Author Unknown

Unless things change, they stay the same.

Harold Hook

Change, for the kingdom of heaven is near.



Posted on March 24, 2015

Jim Baker

Jim is a Church Organizational Leadership and Management Coach, Consultant and Trainer. Throughout his career Jim has demonstrated a passion for showing Pastors and Ministers how to use organizational tools for church and personal growth and health.

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