Posted by: RealisticRecovery | May 14, 2009

Quotes: Change

Quotes: Change

Abraham Lincoln:
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.

Alan Cohen:
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.

Aldous Huxley:
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

Barack Obama:
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

Charles Darwin:
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

Eleanor Roosevelt:
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

Franklin D. Roosevelt:
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

Gloria Steinem:
The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.

Harriet Tubman:
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

James Yorke:
The most successful people are those who are good at plan B.

Katharine Butler Hathaway:
A person needs at intervals to separate from family and companions and go to new places. One must go without familiars in order to be open to influences, to change.

M. Scott Peck:
The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.

M. Scott Peck:
The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual – for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost.



  1. I like the first one and the last one the best…

    It’s funny that the Lincoln quote refers to the “quiet past” because we would now refer to the 1860’s as the “quiet past,” even though it was just as turbulent as today, but with less technology.

    I remember watching an old game show re-run about 10 years ago which originally aired in maybe the 1950’s/1960’s?? (it was in black and white) — I can’t remember what it was called, but the celebrity panelists had to guess what was unique about the contestant by asking yes/no questions. The contestant was present at the assassination of Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre. He was 3 or 4 years old at the time (and really old on the game show). I remember thinking — WOW — history is closer than I thought.

    • Yeah, I definitely like the last one best.
      I think in the first, Lincoln is speaking of the “societal” change that would have been needed before and during the civil war.
      The last one speaks of “individual” change that can change society, and could very well apply to Abraham Lincoln as an example.
      They bookend this collection of quotes nicely, wasn’t planned that way tho, they’re just in alphabetical order.


  2. M. Scott Peck’s most famous book opens with the sentence, “change is difficult.”

    Once you understand that, life is easy.

    • For me, I’ve always found that “life is difficult”.
      And that “change is easy”; except it obviously wasn’t always change for the better. LOL


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