Some men see things as they are and say, "Why?" I dream of things that never were and say, "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw
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.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.
Things do not change, we change.
Henry David Thoreau
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.
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
New insights fail to get put into practice because they conflict with deeply held internal images of how the world works ... images that limit us to familiar ways of thinking and acting. That is why the discipline of managing mental models -- surfacing, testing, and improving our internal pictures of how the world works -- promises to be a major breakthrough for learning organizations.
They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
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.
Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant.
Anthony J. D’Angelo
In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
The most successful people are those who are good at plan B.
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.
If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.
Marian Wright Edelman
Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.
The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one.
William H. Seward
Stubborness does have its helpful features. You always know what you are going to be thinking tomorrow.
What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.
Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history.
Joan Wallach Scott
Our only security is our ability to change.
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
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