Quotes about change that will inspire your life


Change is everywhere, from how the tides ebb and flow, the season change from spring through to winter and the myriad of changes that occur as we grow through our lives.

Sometimes change happens so slowly that it is almost unrecognizable, sometimes it comes in a flurry on unexpected circumstances set to try us and push us to our limits.

Change for the better almost always happens when we are pushed out of our comfort zones, almost to the point of breaking.

Change is inevitable in our lives but change can also be extremely beautiful once we are at the other side

Here are some quotes about change in life:

Quotes about Change


“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
— Sirius Black, Goblet of Fire

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive”
—Looking for Alaska by John Green

“It is a fine line, in all of us, between civilization and savagery. To any who think they would never cross it, I can only say, if you have never known what it is to be utterly betrayed and abandoned, you cannot know how close it is.”
—Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Dart

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlaying our hard hearts.”
—Great Expectations

“‘Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it, that’s the point.’”
—From Divergent by Veronica Roth

“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”
― Finnick Odair, Mockingjay

“He looked across the sea and knew how alone he was now. But he could see the prisms in the deep dark water and the line stretching ahead and the strange undulation of the calm. The clouds were building up now for the trade wind and he looked ahead and saw a flight of wild ducks etching themselves against the sky over the water, then blurring, then etching again and he knew no man was ever alone on the sea.”
—Ernest Hemingway from The Old Man and the Sea

“…you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”
—David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” –
—JK Rowling in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


“We accept the love with think we deserve.”
—Perks of Being a Wallflower

“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”
—Dune, Frank Herbert

“They’re a rotten crowd! You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, “Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?”
—Kathryn Stocket, The Help

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

“It is not in some hiding place we will discover ourselves. It is on the street, in the market, in the middle of a town. A thing amongst things, a man amongst men”
—Sartre, Nausea

“There comes a moment in ever child’s life when they realise their parents shared a love they’ll never quite know. It’s a loss, a subtle one, but a loss all the same”
—Frank Herbert’s Dune

“We can’t choose where we come from, but we can choose where we go from there.”
—Stephen Chbosky, Perks of Being a Wallflower.

“But because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same…If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it”
—Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

“We must learn to laugh at life’s misfortunes, or else we shall weep ourselves to death”
—Bernard Cornwell- ‘The Winter King’

‘One sees clearly only with the heart What is essential is invisible to the eyes’.
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in The Little Prince.

“None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.”
—The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

“There are no ordinary people. You have never met a mere mortal.”
—C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory


“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget”
—Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”
—John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”

“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
—Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.’”
—Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

“‘Are you ready?’ Klaus asked finally. ‘No,’ Sunny answered. ‘Me neither,’ Violet said, ‘but if we wait until we’re ready we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives, Let’s go.’”
—Daniel Handler, The Ersatz Elevator

“I remembered everything. I remembered the cadavers and Doreen and the story of the fig tree and Marco’s diamond and the sailor on the Common and Doctor Gordon’s wall-eyed nurse and the broken thermometers and the Negro with his two kinds of beans and the twenty pounds I gained on insulin and the rock that bulged between sky and sea like a gray skull. Maybe forgetfulness, like a kind snow, would numb and cover them. But they were part of me. They were my landscape.”
—Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

“The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
—George Eliot, Middlemarch

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
—J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“The reason death sticks so closely to life isn’t biological necessity — it’s envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud.”
—Yann Martel, Life of Pi

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
—Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”
—Charles Bukowski, The Captain Is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship

“Nothing is random, nor will anything ever be… In the end, or rather, as things really are, any event, no matter how small, is intimately and sensibly tied to all others… And, when all is perceived in such a way as to obviate time, justice becomes apparent not as something that will be, but something that is.”
—Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale

“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)”
—Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“Drive away and try to keep smiling. Get a little rock and roll on the radio and go toward all the life there is with all the courage you can find and all the belief you can muster. Be true, be brave, stand. All the rest is darkness.”
—Stephen King, IT

“Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.’”
—E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”
—Frank Herbert, Dune

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
—Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

“I wished to know the meaning of things. I am the meaning. I wished to find a warrant for being. I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.”
—Ayn Rand, Anthem

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.”
—J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“Be good, be young, be true! Evil is nothing but vanity, let us have the pride of good, and above all let us never despair.”
—Alexandre Dumas, fils, The Lady of the Camellias

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
—Jack Kerouac, On the Road

“Forgiving isn’t something you do for someone else. It’s something you do for yourself. It’s saying, ‘You’re not important enough to have a stranglehold on me.’ It’s saying, ‘You don’t get to trap me in the past. I am worthy of a future.’”
—Jodi Picoult, The Storyteller

“Adversity is like a strong wind. It…tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.”
—Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
—Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”
—J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

“I assign myself no rank or any limit, and such an attitude is very much against the trend of the times. But my world has become one of infinite possibilities.”
—Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man


What is your favorite quote about embracing change?  I would be delighted to see your favorite ones in the comments section below.





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