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Get Inspired to Make Changes

November 18, 2015

I have found some wonderful quotes on change over the years and share them with you today.  Change is what life is.  Allowing it to inspire us versus resisting it makes all the difference in our lives.  

 

One I quote frequently that I love:  "Life is paradox, humor, and change."  

 

Enjoy, and you are welcome to share your favorite quotes on change in the comments.

 

 

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

―  Rumi

 

“There were people who went to sleep last night,

poor and rich and white and black,

but they will never wake again.

 

And those dead folks would give anything at all

for just five minutes of this weather

or ten minutes of plowing.

 

So you watch yourself about complaining.

 

What you're supposed to do

when you don't like a thing is change it.

If you can't change it,

change the way you think about it.”

Maya Angelou

 

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

 

“In youth, it was a way I had,

To do my best to please.

And change, with every passing lad

To suit his theories.

 

But now I know the things I know

And do the things I do,

And if you do not like me so,

To hell, my love, with you.”

Dorothy Parker, The Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker

 

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

Alan W. Watts

 

“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

 

“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large -- I contain multitudes.”

Walt Whitman

 

“One day spent with someone you love can change everything.”

Mitch Albom, For One More Day

 

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

William James

 

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior

 

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai

 

It's not the situation, but whether we react negative or respond positive to the situation that is important.”

Zig Ziglar

 



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