It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.
~ James Gordon, M.D.
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
~ Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987)
Things do not change; we change.
~ Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.
~ King Whitney Jr.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
~ Norman Vincent Peale (1898 – 1993)
Change is never easy. You fight to hold on. You fight to let go.
~ The wonder years
Growth is the only evidence of life. ~John Henry Newman, Apologia pro vita sua, 1864
Man’s yesterday may ne’er be like his morrow;
Nought may endure but Mutability.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Mutability”
We would rather be ruined than changed;
We would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the moment
And let our illusions die.
What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history. ~Joan Wallach Scott
All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. ~Ellen Glasgow
Oh, would that my mind could let fall its dead ideas, as the tree does its withered leaves! ~Andre Gide
If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing. ~Saint Augustine
Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
Tomorrow be today.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow