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Change Quotes

38 of the best book quotes about change
  1. #1
    “Perhaps--I want the old days back again and they’ll never come back, and I am haunted by the memory of them and of the world falling about my ears.”
  2. #2
    “It’s all a great mystery...Look up at the sky and you’ll see how everything changes.”
  3. #3
    “If you wish to be happy, Eragon, think not of what is to come nor of that which you have no control over but rather of the now and that which you are able to change.”
  4. #4
    Look up at the sky. Ask yourself, “Has the sheep eaten the flower or not?” And you’ll see how everything changes. . . . And no grown-up will ever understand how such a thing could be so important!
  5. #5
    “This house sheltered us, we spoke, we loved within those walls. That was yesterday. To-day we pass on, we see it no more, and we are different, changed in some infinitesimal way. We can never be quite the same again.”
  6. #6
    ″‘I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed!’ he snorted. ‘Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.‘”
  7. #7
    “Change itself is neither good nor bad, but knowledge is always useful.”
  8. #8
    “We changed again, and yet again, and it was now too late and too far to go back, and I went on. And the mists had all solemnly risen now, and the world lay spread before me.”
  1. #9
    “Resist change at your own peril, Vivian. When something ends, let it end.”
  2. #10
    “You must learn in life to take things more lightly, my dear. The world is always changing. Learn how to allow for it.”
  3. #11
    “We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.”
  4. #12
    “If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”
  5. #13
    “I hope something happens. I’m restless as the devil and have a horror of getting fat or falling in love and growing domestic.”
  6. #14
    “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different...”
  7. #15
    At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done—then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.
  8. #16
    “There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.”
  1. #17
    “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
  2. #18
    “What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.”
  3. #19
    “I’m not a bit changed--not really. I’m only just pruned down and branched out. The real ME--back here--is just the same.”
  4. #20
    What one means one day, you know, one may not mean the next. Circumstances change, opinions alter.
  5. #21
    “Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” said Scrooge. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!”
  6. #22
    ″[B]y seeing all and discounting nothing, you may adapt without hesitation to any change. The warrior who can adapt the easiest to the unexpected is the warrior who will live the longest.”
  7. #23
    “Turmoil accompanies every great change.”
  8. #24
    “Do not dwell on that which you cannot change.”
  1. #25
    “I grasped two things: I wasn’t as happy as I could be, and my life wasnt going to change unless I made it change.”
  2. #26
    “Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. I am angry. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change. But I am also hopeful, because I believe deeply in the ability of human beings to remake themselves for the better.”
  3. #27
    She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME And she grew so tall, She ate from a plate called TASTE ME And down she shrank so small. And so she changed, while other folks Never tried nothin’ at all.
  4. #28
    Did any voice whisper to him that he was at a turning-point in his life, that henceforth there could be no middle way for him, that he must become either the best of men or the worst, rise even higher than the bishop himself or sink lower than the felon, reach supreme heights of goodness or become a monster of depravity?
  5. #29
    “We cannot grow when we are in shame, and we can’t use shame to change ourselves or others.”
  6. #30
    “Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.”
  7. #31
    “Each of the stories we tell and hear is like a small flicker of light--when we have enough of them, we will set the world on fire. But I don’t think we can do it without story. It doesn’t matter what community is in question or what the conflict appears to be on the surface, resolution and change will require people to own, share, and rumble with stories.”
  8. #32
    “Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.”
  1. #33
    Sudden shifts and changes are no bad preparation for political life.
  2. #34
    “Gender matters everywhere in the world. And I would like today to ask that we should begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how we start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently.”
  3. #35
    “A book is just like life and anything can change.”
  4. #36
    “By my soul I swear, there is no power in the tongue of man to alter me.”
  5. #37
    “That’s the beautiful thing about being human,” he told me. “Things change.”
  6. #38
    ″‘We can’t think of changing our skin,’ he said. ‘Change the world—that’s how we gotta think.‘”
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