Change is the one constant in life, as they say. See our list of the other great quotes about change.

The Present Changes The Past

“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.”
– Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss

We Can’t Be Afraid Of Change

“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”
– C. JoyBell C.

The Space Around You Is Beginning To Grow Vast

“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust…. and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

You’re Always You

“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
– Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

Certain Things Should Stay The Way They Are

“Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.”
– J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Taking A New Step

“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

God Is Change

“All that you touch, you change. All that you Change, Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change. God is Change.”
– Octavia E. Butler

You Can’t Make Them Change

“When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.”
– Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol in His Own Words

The Changes We Dread Most

“The changes we dread most may contain our salvation.”
– Barbara Kingsolver, Small Wonder

When You Come Out Of The Storm

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
– Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore