Change Quotes

Everything is constantly changing


The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future merely by changing his attitude.   – Oprah Winfrey

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.   – Brian Tracy

We cannot change our past.  We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can change is our attitude.   – Charles R. Swindoll

The Serenity Prayer:
May I find the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the Courage to change the things I can,
and the Wisdom to know the difference.

Life is fragile, like the dew hanging delicately on the grass – crystal drops that will be carried away on the first morning breeze.
– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Nothing is permanent:
The sun and the moon rise and then set;
the bright clear day is followed by the deep, dark night.
From hour to hour, everything changes.
– Kalu Rinpoche

There is beauty to be found in the changing of the earth’s seasons, and an inner grace in honouring the cycles of life.   – Jack Kornfield

All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within.
– Horace Friess

A subtle difference in our attitude can make a major difference in our future.
– Jim Rohn

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.  – Charles L. Morgan

Letting go is a central theme in spiritual practice, as we see the preciousness and brevity of life.   – Jack Kornfield

Even in the face of the sweeping away of all that I assumed to be permanent, I did not break.  The shattering of my certainties did not shatter me.  Stability comes from inside, not outside.  – Lucille Clifton

On days when the sky is grey, the sun has not disappeared forever.
– Arnaud Desjardins

Nothing is permanent. Everything is subject to change.
Being is always becoming.   – Buddha

The past should not be followed after and the future not desired; what is past is dead and gone and the future is yet to come.   – Buddha

There are those who do not realize that one day we all must die. But those who do realize this settle their quarrels.   – Buddha

They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
–– Confucius

Life is by nature a process of ongoing challenge and constant change. The important thing is to not be fearful. Boldness builds a strong, undefeated self.
–– Daisaku Ikeda

Any significant long-term change requires long-term practice, whether that change has to do with playing the violin or learning to be a more open, loving person.  We all know people who say that they have been permanently changed by experiences of a moment or a day or a weekend.  But when you check it out you’ll generally discover that those who ended up permanently changed had spent considerable time preparing for their life-changing experience or had continued diligently practicing the new behaviour afterward.  ― Michael Murphy and George Leonard


Global transformation can occur only when each individual has the courage to awaken from this amnesia to our true self and then make conscious choices true to our spirit. The human race is the only species on earth evolved enough to be capable of this privilege.   ― Patsie Smith

Like the birds that gather in the treetops at night and scatter in all directions at the coming of the dawn, phenomena are impermanent.   – Shabkar

Consciousness is unending.   – Buddha

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.  – Aldous Huxley

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

Be the change you wish to see in the world. – Gandhi

 Awareness of impermanence is encouraged, so that when it is coupled with our appreciation of the enormous potential of our human existence, it will give us a sense of urgency that I must use every precious moment.
– The Dalai Lama

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