Change Sayings and Quotes

Change is often uncomfortable, but always inevitable. Life has a way of dodging our best-laid plans, so it’s important to learn how to adapt and roll with the curves we’re thrown. Let the list of wise and humorous change quotes below help put life’s hiccups in perspective.


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

Chinese Proverb

As the sun's shadow shifts, so there is no permanence on earth.

Afghan (on permanence and change)

We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.

C. JoyBell C.

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

Winston Churchill

A little axe can cut down a big tree.      

Jamaican (on permanence and change)

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.     

Victor Frankl

A rolling stone gathers no moss.      

John Heywood (c. 1497-1580)

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything

George Bernard Shaw

At high tide, fish eat ants; at low tide, ants eat fish.     

Thai (on permanence and change)

People who wait for changes to occur on the outside before they commit to making changes on the inside will never make any changes at all.

Author Unknown

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

Jawaharlal Nehru

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.      

Harold Wilson

A year's care; a minute's ruin.      

Filipino Proverb

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

An hour may destroy what an age was building.

English (on permanence and change)

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

Leo Tolstoy

Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody.

Stephen Chbosky

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

The only people who like change are wet babies.

Author Unknown

A decision made at night may be changed in the morning.

Samoan (on permanence and change)

The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.     

Kakuzo Okakaura

Life is like the moon: now full, now dark.     

Polish (on permanence and change)

The winds of heaven change suddenly; so do human fortunes.

Chinese (on permanence and change)

When the moon is full, it begins to wane.

Japanese (on permanence and change)

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

When you are through changing, you are through.

Bruce Barton

You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.     

Author Unknown

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

Ellen Glasgow

After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over.      

Alfred Edward Perlman