Organizations and people that don’t embrace change are bound to lose ground and stagnate. When you are anxiously anticipating a change–or in the midst of a challenging one–grab one of these quotes to help you or your team plow through it.

  1. The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. ~ Albert Einstein
  2. Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. ~ Arnold Bennett
  3. Change is inevitable. Change is constant. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
  4. When you’re finished changing, you’re finished. ~ Benjamin Franklin
  5. The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change. ~ Bill Clinton
  6. It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. ~ Charles Darwin
  7. The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress. ~ Charles Kettering
  8. If you don’t like change, you will like irrelevance even less. ~ General Eric Shinseki
  9. Change means that what was before wasn’t perfect. People want things to be better. ~ Esther Dyson
  10. Resistance at all cost is the most senseless act there is. ~ Friedrich Durrenmatt
  11. If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. ~ Gail Sheehy
  12. Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~ George Bernard Shaw
  13. When people shake their heads because we are living in a restless age, ask them how they would like to life in a stationary one, and do without change. ~ George Bernard Shaw
  14. I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better. ~ Georg C. Lichtenberg
  15. He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~ Harold Wilson
  16. Change before you have to. ~ Jack Welch
  17. People can cry much easier than they can change. ~ James Baldwin
  18. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. ~ John F. Kennedy
  19. Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith
  20. Be the change that you wish to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  21. 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
  22. Your success in life isn’t based on your ability to simply change. It is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers and business. ~ Mark Sanborn
  23. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. ~ Maya Angelou
  24. I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. ~ Mother Teresa
  25. The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. ~ Nathaniel Branden
  26. Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
  27. People don’t resist change. They resist being changed. ~ Peter Senge
  28. You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
  29. Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better. ~ Sydney J. Harris
  30. It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory ~ W. Edwards Deming
  31. There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. ~ Winston Churchill
  32. To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. ~ Winston Churchill
  33. And just for fun… “Change is inevitable–except from a vending machine.” ~ Robert C. Gallagher
  34. By David Van Rooy  @dlvanrooy

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