Change Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old change quotes, change sayings, and change proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

Samoan (on permanence and change)

A little axe can cut down a big tree.      

Jamaican (on permanence and change)

A rolling stone gathers no moss.      

John Heywood (c. 1497-1580)

A year's care; a minute's ruin.      

Tagalog (Filipino) (on perversity)

All good things must come to an end.      

H.H. Riley (1857)

An hour may destroy what an age was building.

English (on permanence and change)

Any plan is bad that cannot be changed.      

Italian (on planning)

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

Afghan (on permanence and change)

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

Thai (on permanence and change)

Beginning is easy; continuing, hard.      

Japanese (on permanence and change)

Come what may, time and hour runs through the roughest day.      

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

If not today


Let sleeping dogs lie.      

English Proverb

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

Polish (on permanence and change)

Nothing remains constant except change itself.      


Off with the old and on with the new.      


Persist as resolutely as you persist in eating.      

Maori (on permanence and change)

Pleasures are transient

ors immortal.- Greek (on heaven and hell)

The leopard does not change his spots.      

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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)

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

Stephen Chbosky

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

Leo Tolstoy

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.

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

Harold Wilson

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

Victor Frankl

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

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