Quotes About Change

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“Give me but a firm spot on which to stand, and I shall move the earth.”
Archimedes, The Works of Archimedes

“Tomorrow you promise yourself will be different, yet tomorrow is too often a repetition of today.”
James T. McCay

Alexis de Tocqueville
“I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.”
Alexis de Tocqueville

C. JoyBell C.
“As the earth dies your spirit will bloom; as the world fades your soul will rise and glisten. Amongst the dehydrated crevices of a desert earth you will stumble upon your diamonds; in between the dry skulls and cracked bones you will find your sapphires.”
C. JoyBell C.

Let today be the day that you become committed in being, in doing, in getting,
“Let today be the day that you become committed in being, in doing, in getting, achieving, in experiencing. Let today be the day that you are committed to being the change you wish to see and living the life you wish to live.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Truman Capote
“The average personality re-shapes frequently, every few years even our bodies undergo a complete overhaul-desirable or not, it is a natural thing that we should change.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Napoléon Bonaparte
“A revolution is an idea, taken up by bayonets.”
Napoléon Bonaparte

Cherise Sinclair
“It's a girl thing, trying to change ourselves as if we can change our lives too.”
Cherise Sinclair, Make Me, Sir

Margaret Mahy
“It changes you for ever, but you are changing for ever anyway.”
Margaret Mahy, The Changeover

Cornel West
“In these downbeat times, we need as much hope and courage as we do vision and analysis; we must accent the best of each other even as we point out the vicious effects of our racial divide and pernicious consequences of our maldistribution of wealth and power. We simply cannot enter the twenty-first century at each other's throats, even as we acknowledge the weighty forces of racism, patriarchy, economic inequality, homophobia, and ecological abuse on our necks. We are at a crucial crossroad in the history of this nation--and we either hang together by combating these forces that divide and degrade us or we hang separately. Do we have the intelligence, humor, imagination, courage, tolerance, love, respect, and will to meet the challenge? Time will tell. None of us alone can save the nation or world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.”
Cornel West, Race Matters

Suzanne Collins
“If you had hope, maybe you could find a way to make things change,. Because if you thought about it, there were so many reasons to try.”
Suzanne Collins, Gregor and the Code of Claw

With one kind gesture you can change a life. One person at a time you
“With one kind gesture you can change a life. One person at a time you can change the world. One day at a time we can change everything.”
Steve Maraboli, The Power of One

Toba Beta
“Hypocrite shouts about the change,
but never let risk coming on his way.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Sarah Dessen
“I would miss Colby, but it wasn't going anywhere. All the more reason why I should.”
Sarah Dessen, The Moon and More

Jill Shalvis
“Change is good but dollars are better.
- Tara daniels”
Jill Shalvis, The Sweetest Thing

Markus Zusak
“It's much easier . . . to be on the verge of something than to actually be it. This would still take time.”
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Zora Neale Hurston
“He was the average mortal. It troubled him to get used to the world one way and then suddenly have it turn different.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Shannon L. Alder
“No one can change a person, but a person can be the reason someone changes.”
Shannon L. Alder

Noam Chomsky
“Over the last 25 years, the major popular movements that have had significant impact on the general society and have changed it, that have had a major civilizing effect – the feminist movement, the environmental movement, and so on – these are mostly developments of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Their roots might be in the activism of the ‘60s, but the movements themselves developed and extended later. The same is true of the changes in respect for other cultures, rights of oppressed people, and so on. These are quite significant changes. If you compare the United States now to what it was, say, 35 years ago, the changes are quite dramatic. These are changes in popular consciousness that are quite deeply embedded.”
Noam Chomsky

Hilary Mantel
“The fate of peoples is made like this, two men in small rooms. Forget the coronations, the conclaves of cardinals, the pomp and processions. This is how the world changes: a counter pushed across a table, a pen stroke that alters the force of a phrase, a woman's sigh as she passes and leaves on the air a trail of orange flower or rose water; her hand pulling close the bed curtain, the discreet sigh of flesh against flesh.”
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

Jennifer Weiner
“Maybe it was inertia -or worse, fear- that was keeping me in the same place.”
Jennifer Weiner, Certain Girls

Daniel Quinn
“The greatest discovery any alien anthropologist could make about our culture is our overriding response to failure: If it didn't work last year, do it AGAIN this year (and if possible do it MORE)
Daniel Quinn, Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure

“You can’t change the past. You can’t even change the future, in the sense that you can only change the present one moment at a time, stubbornly, until the future unwinds itself into the stories of our lives.”
Larry Wall

“There Comes the Strangest Moment

There comes the strangest moment in your life,
when everything you thought before breaks free--
what you relied upon, as ground-rule and as rite
looks upside down from how it used to be.

Skin's gone pale, your brain is shedding cells;
you question every tenet you set down;
obedient thoughts have turned to infidels
and every verb desires to be a noun.

I want--my want. I love--my love. I'll stay
with you. I thought transitions were the best,
but I want what's here to never go away.
I'll make my peace, my bed, and kiss this breast…

Your heart's in retrograde. You simply have no choice.
Things people told you turn out to be true.
You have to hold that body, hear that voice.
You'd have sworn no one knew you more than you.

How many people thought you'd never change?
But here you have. It's beautiful. It's strange.”
Kate Light

Lisa Genova
“I smile, loving him for changing with me, for going where my Neglect has taken us, for getting the new me.”
Lisa Genova, Left Neglected

Jill Lepore
“History is hereditary only in this way: we, all of us, inherit everything, and then we choose what to cherish, what to disavow, and what do do next, which is why it's worth trying to know where things come from.”
Jill Lepore

Charles W. Chesnutt
“As man sows, so shall he reap. In works of fiction, such men are sometimes converted. More often, in real life, they do not change their natures until they are converted into dust.”
Charles W. Chesnutt

“Real change will come when you focus on yourself - not on changing him, Real change comes when you are willing and able to state your claim on what you are and are not willing to live with. Just remember to let him in on it”
Dory Hollander, 101 Lies Men Tell Women -- And Why Women Believe Them

Douglas Adams
“1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;
2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;
3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.”
Douglas Adams

Craig Ferguson
“I took the sleeper out of Glasgow, and as the smelly old train bumped out of Central Station and across the Jamaica Street Bridge, I stared out at the orange halogen streetlamps reflected in the black water of the river Clyde. I gazed at the crumbling Victorian buildings that would soon be sandblasted and renovated into yuppie hutches. I watched the revelers and rascals traverse the shiny wet streets. I thought of the thrill and danger of my youth and the fear and frustration of my adult life thus far. I thought of the failure of my marriage and my failures as a man. I saw all this through my reflection in the nighttime window.

Down the tracks I went, hardly aware that I was going further south with every passing second.”
Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

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