We are like the tide. From people, from life, from faith, we ebb and flow.

Annie Zalezsak, February 2, 2015

Change is not merely necessary to life. It is life.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

Lao Tzu

To journey without being changed, is to be a nomad. To change without journeying is to be a chameleon. To journey and to be transformed by the journeying is to be a pilgrim.

Mark Nepo

Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.

Alan Alda

You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.

Heraclitus of Ephesus

You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.

John C Maxwell

What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.

All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.

Henry David Thoreau

Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing Fear to stop you from Growing, Evolving and Progressing.

Mandy Hale

Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.

Bill Drayton, Founder of Ashoka

Death is a withdrawal of consciousness. It’s like taking attention from here and putting it there.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Boston, MA on Sunday, October 10, 1999

You can’t change the world from the rear view mirror.

Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop

If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.

J Krishnamurti

If you will transform your mind, God will transform your life.

Joel Osteen in Your Best Life Now, p.108

Keeping the faith is a wise thing to do. Even if it’s not always easy, you can know that even if things don’t appear immediately, transformation can happen at any time. Divine timing is at play, and everything happens at the perfect moment. Keep open for your breakthrough, and know that fulfillment and greatness are at hand.

Arleen Rose Bump

Change is not merely necessary to life. It is life.

Alvin Toffler

It’s time to tear up the canvas and start over. It’s time for the overhaul of humanity.

Neale Donald Walsch

What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.

Lao Tzu

No matter how long we have traveled on the wrong road, we can always turn around.


All change is change for the better. There is no such thing as “change for the worse.” Change is the process of Life Itself, and that process could be called by the name ‘evolution.’ And evolution moves in only one direction: forward, and toward improvement.

Neale Donald Walsch

True change isn't willful. It's so fluent and intuitive that we don't even realize it happened.

Garrett Kramer

When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.

Paulo Coelho

Every living thing, animal or human, or tree experiences that which is called death, with no exception. You've all accepted that one a long time ago. Spirit, which is who we really are, or Source, is eternal. So what death must be is a changing of the perspective of that Eternal Spirit. If I am standing in my physical body and am consciously connected to that Eternal Spirit, then I'm Eternal in nature and I need not ever again fear any endedness, because, from that perspective I understand that there is not any of that.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Albany, NY on Saturday, May 6, 2000

We seek not rest but transformation. We are dancing through each other as doorways.

Marge Piercy

Physical beings want things to be the same. They want people to think the same. You work rather hard at sameness, but you will never win that battle because, from Nonphysical, diversity is known to be the most beneficial part of the game.


Transformation is an instant-moment thing, available to us in any and every second. Life starts anew when you say it does.

Neale Donald Walsch

To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.

William James

If we cannot see how what we are doing or not doing is contributing to things being the way that they are, then logically we have no basis at all, zero leverage, for changing the way things are – except from the outside, by persuasion or force.

Adam Kahane

When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new. This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb, and to seek the mountain view.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

…a beautiful eighty-six year old woman, as we were talking about creating health through change, said gently, ‘Some folks find it easier to die than to make changes.’

from In Search of Healing: Whole-Body Healing Through the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection, by William A McGarey, MD

It is a mistake for anyone to think he has lived too long in his old, unsatisfactory ways to make the great change. If you switch on the light in a dark room, it makes no difference how long it was dark because the light will still shine. Be teachable. That is the whole secret.

The Daily Guru

The one constant in life is change.

Author unknown

When something seems to change in the world, the rishis said, it is really you that is changing.

from Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind Body Medicine, by Deepak Chopra

“If you don’t like it, alter it, and if you can’t alter it, put up with it.”

from Sons and Lovers, by DH Lawrence

One new perception, one fresh thought, one act of surrender, one change of heart, one leap of faith, can change your life forever.

from Shift Happens!, by Robert Holden

Every experience in life changes the brain’s anatomy.

from Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind Body Medicine, by Deepak Chopra

People change and forget to tell each other.

from Toys in the Attic, by Lillian Hellman

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian Leader – see The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas and Gandhi An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth

Walk toward a new and different world. A new world exists for you just as surely as Venus exists. It is inner, truly spiritual, ruled by Reality. It awaits your discovery. March toward this higher life right now by seeing what it is not. It is not like this world. It has no confusion, no fear of loss, no loneliness, no self-destructive acts. Change yourself and it is your world! Be eager to make this inner change. Years from now you will see it as the wisest decision of your life.

The Daily Guru

“Why, why are people all balls of bitter dust? Because they won’t fall off the tree when they’re ripe. They hang on to their old positions when the position is overpast, till they become infested with little worms and dry-rot.”

from Women in Love, by DH Lawrence

We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German Poet, Scientist – see Elective Affinities, Goethe's Faust (Parts 1 and 2) and The Autobiography of Goethe: Truth and Fiction Relating to My Life

If you feel a pull to make a change or a move, instead of letting the mind consume you with worry or debate, you pray on it, asking “What is my next assignment? Where do my Guides want me to live? Does this action make my soul happy?”

Peace Mother Geeta Sacred Song

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

Viktor Frankl, author of Man's Search For Meaning

We have the power to choose and to exercise that power without giving control of it to situations. We cannot change anything but our own perspective and response, yet in that changing we change the world around us by becoming an instrument of insight and awareness.

Gail Pursell Elliott, author of School Mobbing and Emotional Abuse: See It – Stop It – Prevent It – With Dignity and Respect

When the first human began to read and write, he or she set the world upon a new evolution. Similarly, if a few individuals have the strength and the power to walk away from the restrictions of the world and to stand fearlessly beyond it, eventually, in some distant millennium, all mankind will also come to that same liberation.

from The Trick to Money Is Having Some!, by Stuart Wilde

You are today where you want to be, because of the movies you've decided to play in your head.

You can decide right now to change the movie… it's up to you!

The Daily Guru

People will suffer almost anything as long as it means they don't have to change.

Deepak Chopra, from 'Lords of Light'

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.

James Baldwin (1924-1987) American author and civil rights activist

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.

Henri Bergson (1859-1941)

To change without journeying is to be a chameleon. To journey and be transformed is to be a pilgrim.

Mark Nepo

Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid changing it.

Elaine St James

Gradual change is usually more fruitful in the long run than is forced, ultra-aggressive upheaval. Undertaken wisely, steady transitions cultivate authenticity, groundedness, and virtues–like patience, compassion (for self and others), and perseverance.


Acceptance is not a state of passivity or inaction. I am not saying you can’t change the world, right wrongs, or replace evil with good. Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to successful action. If you don’t fully accept a situation precisely the way it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Moreover, if you don’t fully accept the situation, you will never really know if the situation should be changed.

Peter McWilliams, American author

In this new world, you and I make it up as we go along, not because we lack expertise or planning skills, but because that is the nature of reality. Reality changes shape and meaning because of our activity. And it is constantly new. We are required to be there, as active participants. It can’t happen without us and nobody can do it for us.

Margaret Wheatley

Change means movement. Movement means friction.

Saul Alinsky

The world will not change until we do.

Jim Wallis, commentator on ethics and public life

The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.

Charles Du Bos

Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Sometimes a breakdown can be the beginning of a kind of breakthrough, a way of living in advance through a trauma that prepares you for a future of radical transformation.

Cherrie Moraga

If you suffer, it is not because things are impermanent. It is because you believe things are permanent.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Change or breakthrough doesn’t always happen through perceived leaders. In fact it rarely does. Ego prevents that. A person who carries the seeds of change may emerge out of the shadows. They may not be known by others as a leader. They might not think of themselves as a leader. But what if they are? Not a leader in the ‘making a speech to hundreds of people’ sense. Not a leader in the ‘being in charge of others’ sense. No. A leader of oneself. Of what you believe in. Of what you stand for. Of what you deeply feel.

What would you do, if you no longer looked to others first?

Remember – just because they are in authority, does not mean that they have authority.

Martin Perry, confidence coach and author of The Confidence Booster Workout

There is a distinction between natural and enforced change. Natural change is something you accept, anticipate, embrace, plan, and manage. Enforced change is an imposition, an event that is unexpectedly thrust upon you.

Do not try and resist natural change, for if you do you may be confronted by enforced change at some point in your life. This is because life itself does not support your avoidance of growth. Life supports you in your thriving and blossoming.

As they say “all resistance is futile”.

Steve Nobel

It's time for the overhaul of humanity.

You never change something by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

Buckminster Fuller

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