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Words of Wisdom on Change

Our words of wisdom section has more than 35 categories of quotes, including topics such as change, customer service, leadership, motivation, teamwork, and time management.

If you're looking for more information on change, don't miss our Constant Change section with many articles on change as well as our change book reviews and recommended change books.

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A man who does not leave his hut will bring nothing in.
~ West African Proverb

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
~ Bruce Lee, martial artist and actor

It is generally much easier to kill an organization than change it substantially!
~ Kevin Kelly, Out of Control

Leaders need to be the Rock of Gibraltar on Roller Blades!
~ Tom Peters

The new competitive realities demand that we turn our backs on the ones who brung us. Every leader needs a formal “forgetting strategy.”
~ Tom Peters

When the speed of change outside the organization exceeds the speed of change within ... The end is in sight!
~ Jack Welch, C.E.O., General Electric

When you shift people's perceptions, their actions follow.
~ Rayona Sharpnack, Founder, Institute for Women's Leadership

If nothing changes, nothing changes! Think about it!
~ Anonymous

If you always do what you always did — you'll always get what you always got!
~ Unknown

Dissatisfaction is the basis of progress. When we become satisfied, we become obsolete.
~ J. Willard Marriott

A bend in the road is not the end of the road ... unless you fail to make the turn.
~ Anonymous

Change happens, that is for sure, and not just in our modern, 21st century era. It seems that the stress of the new affects most people in every age. So the trick is not to resist it, but to go with it. The real problem for the creative person is getting over the resistance of those who don't want to change.
~ Anonymous

Keep constantly in mind in how many things you yourself have witnessed changes already. The universe is change, life is understanding.
~ Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor

Observe constantly that all things take place by change.
~ Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor

Those who have changed the universe have never done it by changing officials, but always by inspiring the people.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte, French military and political leader

The only way to change our lives is by changing our minds.
~ Anonymous

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
~ Richard Buckmunister Fuller, American visionary, designer, architect, poet, author, and inventor

Faced with changing one's mind, or proving that there is no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.
~ John Kenneth Galbraith, influential Canadian-American economist

In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.
~ J. Paul Getty, American industrialist and founder of the Getty Oil Company.

In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
~ Eric Hoffer, American social writer

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in traveling in a stagecoach, that; it is often a comfort to shift one's position, and be bruised in a new place.
~ Washington Irving, short story writer, essayist, biographer

There is nothing more certain and unchanging than uncertainty and change.
~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the U.S.

The world hates change yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
~ Charles F. Kettering, teacher, mechanic, engineer, scientist, inventor, and social philosopher

The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.
~ Martin Luther King, Baptist minister, Nobel Prize winner and leader of the American civil rights movement

You don't get creative by staying in the same place.
~ Andy Law, author

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order to things.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian diplomat, political philosopher, musician, poet, and playwright

Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
~ Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist

Change does not change tradition, it strengthens it. Change is a challenge and an opportunity, not a threat.
~ Prince Phillip

Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.
~ George Bernard Shaw, world-famous Irish playwright, critic, and political activist

A competitive world offers two possibilities. You can lose. Or, if you want to win, you can change.
~ Lester Thurow, former dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management and author of numerous bestsellers on economic topics

Change is not merely necessary to life—it is life.
~ Alvin Toffler, American writer and futurist

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.
~ Alfred North Whitehead, mathematician and philosopher

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