Change Quotes

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Stanley Kunitz
The Layers

I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.
When I look behind,
as I am compelled to look
before I can gather strength
to proceed on my journey,
I see the milestones dwindling
toward the horizon
and the slow fires trailing
from the abandoned camp-sites,
over which scavenger angels
wheel on heavy wings.
Oh, I have made myself a tribe
out of my true affections,
and my tribe is scattered!
How shall the heart be reconciled
to its feast of losses?
In a rising wind
the manic dust of my friends,
those who fell along the way,
bitterly stings my face.
Yet I turn, I turn,
exulting somewhat,
with my will intact to go
wherever I need to go,
and every stone on the road
precious to me.
In my darkest night,
when the moon was covered
and I roamed through wreckage,
a nimbus-clouded voice
directed me:
“Live in the layers,
not on the litter.”
Though I lack the art
to decipher it,
no doubt the next chapter
in my book of transformations
is already written.
I am not done with my changes.”
Stanley Kunitz, The Collected Poems

Lauren Oliver
“I don't understand how everything changes, how the layers of your life get buried. Impossible. At some point, at some time, we must all explode.”
Lauren Oliver, Requiem

Muhammad Ali
“Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.”
Muhammad Ali

Antoine Lavoisier
Dans la nature rien ne se crée, rien ne se perd, tout change.

In nature nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything changes.”
Antoine Lavoisier, Traité élémentaire de chimie

Sharon Salzberg
“If you’re reading these words, perhaps it’s because something has kicked open the door for you, and you’re ready to embrace change. It isn’t enough to appreciate change from afar, or only in the abstract, or as something that can happen to other people but not to you. We need to create change for ourselves, in a workable way, as part of our everyday lives.”
Sharon Salzberg, The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Programme for Real Happiness

Deb Caletti
“But what I wanted back had never really been there. He was a temporary illusion, a mirage of water after walking in the desert. I had made him up. And he could have killed me. You've got to stop the ride sometimes. Stop it and get off.”
Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming

Sean Covey
“Small changes can make huge destination differences.”
Sean Covey, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

Kiera Cass
“I always wondered if they’d change you.”
Kiera Cass, The One

Deepak Chopra
“Customs change with time, so it isn't fair to permit change only when you happen to approve of it but condemn change citing biblical authority when you don't.”
Deepak Chopra, The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore

“You can't change nature, son!"
"Change IS nature, dad, the part we can influence. And it all starts when we decide.”
Kitty Richards, Ratatouille

Libba Bray
“Our mouths and bodies speak for us in a new language as the trees shake loose a rain of petals that stick to our slickness like skins we will wear forever. And just like that, I am changed.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

“If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got.”
James P. Lewis, Working Together: 12 Principles for Achieving Excellence in Managing Projects, Teams, and Organizations

bell hooks
“Since we live in a society that promotes faddism and temporary superficial adaptation of different values, we are easily convinced that changes have occurred in arenas where there has been little or no change.”
bell hooks, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center

Tess Gerritsen
“God, it's like reality's completely shifted on me. I used to think I was standing on such solid ground. If I wanted something badly enough, I just worked like hell for it. Now I can't decide what to do, which move to make. All the things I counted on aren't there for me anymore.”
Tess Gerritsen, Harvest

Eve Ensler
“ speak of them out loud, to speak of their hunger and pain and loneliness and humour, to make them visible so that can not be ravaged in the dark without great consequence.”
Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues

Charles de Lint
“The best change you can make is to hold up a mirror so that people can look into it and change themselves. That's the only way a person can be changed."
By looking into yourself," Zia said. "Even if you have to look into a mirror that's outside yourself to do it."
"And you know," Maida added. "That mirror can be a story you hear, or just someone else's eyes. Anything that reflects back so you can see yourself in it.”
Charles de Lint, Someplace to Be Flying

Richard Rohr
“The human ego prefers anything, just about anything, to falling, or changing, or dying. The ego is that part of you that loves the status quo – even when it's not working. It attaches to past and present and fears the future.”
Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

Dean Koontz
“What has been is no more. Change has come.”
Dean Koontz, Dead and Alive

Gino Norris
“MANAGE YOUR MOOD: Name 1 thing that surprised you today...Name 1 thing that moved you...Name 1 thing that inspired you...”
Gino Norris

Thomas Sowell
“The staunchest conservatives advocate a range of changes which differ in specifics, rather than in number or magnitude, from the changes advocated by those considered liberal…change, as such, is simply not a controversial issue. Yet a common practice among the anointed is to declare themselves emphatically, piously, and defiantly in favor of 'change.' Thus those who oppose their particular changes are depicted as being against change in general. It is as if opponents of the equation 2+2=7 were depicted as being against mathematics. Such a tactic might, however, be more politically effective than trying to defend the equation on its own merits. ”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy

“Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses in your life; you realize everything that happens in life is a result of the previous choice you’ve made and start making new choices to change your life.”
Roy Bennett

Anne Bishop
“He gently kissed that scar and felt something changing inside him - just a flutter of change, there and gone, but leaving its mark.”
Anne Bishop, Marked in Flesh

Sarah Dessen
“But wasn't that always the way. It's never something huge that changes everything, but instead the tiniest of details, irrevocably tweaking the balance of the universe while you're busy focusing on the big picture.”
Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

Christine Feehan
“You can't be anything but who you are. I wouldn't love you the same if you stopped being you. How do I change enough to accept that ruthless streak in you.”
Christine Feehan, Oceans of Fire

Jeffrey Gitomer
“Change is not a four letter word...but often your reaction to it is!”
Jeffrey Gitomer, The Little Book of Leadership: The 12.5 Strengths of Responsible, Reliable, Remarkable Leaders That Create Results, Rewards, and Resilience

“Actuality is when the lighthouse is dark between flashes: it is the instant between the ticks of the watch: it is a void interval slipping forever through time: the rupture between past and future: the gap at the poles of the revolving magnetic field, infinitesimally small but ultimately real. It is the interchronic pause when nothing is happening. It is the void between events.”
George Kubler

Enock Maregesi
“Msichana wa miaka 18 miaka ya 70 ni sawa na msichana wa miaka 8 leo. Msichana wa miaka 8 leo anayajua maisha kuliko msichana wa miaka 18 miaka ya 70. Tuwape watoto wetu haki yao ya msingi ya kuwa watoto katika siku za ujana wao, kabla hawajawa watoto tena watakapokuwa wakubwa.”
Enock Maregesi

Mark Doty
“The physical reinvention of the world is endless, relentless, fascinating, exhaustive; nothing that seems solid is. If you could stand at just a little distance in time, how fluid and shape-shifting physical reality would be, everything hurrying into some other form, even concrete, even stone.”
Mark Doty

Vernor Vinge
“Intelligence is the handmaiden of flexibility and change.”
Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep

“Our freedoms are vanishing. If you do not get active to take a stand now against all that is wrong while we still can, then maybe one of your children may elect to do so in the future, when it will be far more riskier — and much, much harder.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

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