30 Best Quotes on Change

EcoSalon’s favorite quotes on accepting change as it comes.

Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history. -Joan Wallach Scott

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. -Maria Robinson

You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler. -Denis Waitley

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position, and be bruised in a new place. -Washington Irving

The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down. -Jawaharlal Nehru

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. -C.S. Lewis

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. -Faith Baldwin

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. -Mary Engelbreit

All great changes are preceded by chaos. -Deepak Chopra

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings. -Arthur Rubinstein

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

Acceptance of one’s life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary it means accepting it as it comes… To accept is to say yes to life in its entirety. -Paul Tournier

Life is its own journey, presupposes its own change and movement, and one tries to arrest them at one’s eternal peril. -Laurens van der Post

Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. -Pauline R. Kezer

Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer. -Shunryu Suzuki

We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves. -Lynn Hall

Things do not change; we change. -Henry David Thoreau

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

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

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. -Henri Bergson

Humility means accepting reality with no attempt to outsmart it. -David Richo

The end of a melody is not its goal: but nonetheless, had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Nothing brings down walls as surely as acceptance. -Deepak Chopra

The moment that judgement stops through acceptance of what it is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace. -Eckhart Tolle

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

My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations. -Michael J. Fox

The best way is not to fight it, just go. Don’t be trying all the time to fix things. What you run from only stays with you longer. When you fight something, you only make it stronger. -Chuck Palahniuk

Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, So what. That’s one of my favorite things to say. So what. -Andy Warhol

Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery. -J.K. Rowling

For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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Jessica Marati

Jessica Marati currently resides in New York City and covers travel and sustainability for EcoSalon. Catch her weekly column, Behind the Label.