Coping with Change… Some Quotes


In the ever changing, impermanent world, we struggle to find some stability. Human nature is that, if circumstances are in our favour, we wish to maintain the status quo and that is impossible. In this existence, everything changes except the ‘law of change’. We cannot step in the same river twice. The river changes every moment and so does the man who stepped in it. Life is a ceaseless change. Change is inevitable.


Everything seems to be rapidly evolving and moving at a constant pace that we often feel we can’t cope up with. For some, the rapidly changing circumstances can even be traumatic. Some are unable to accept the changes, which again causes anguish. As a species that is constantly looking to progress yet find a familiar and comfortable ground to keep our feet on, change can seem like something that is counterproductive to everything we work for. It can be overwhelming and unpleasant, most of the time, to experience changes and new and different circumstances. However, dealing with change is a vital part of life and can often be a strengthening experience. We have no choice but to adapt to the constantly changing situations in our lives and and the environment around us. We need to change our pattern of thinking to do so.


These are the quotes from some of the greatest minds which will help us how best to accept, adapt and cope with change.


If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude and if you can’t your attitude you deserve it.


“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

George Bernard Shaw 


Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” — John Wooden


We cannot become what we need to by remaining what we are.” 

Oprah Winfrey


“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Henry Ford


The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.” Bill Clinton


“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.” Tuli Kupferberg


“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” Arnold Bennett


“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” 

Friedrich Nietzsche


He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.” Harold Wilson


“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.”

Charles Kettering


“Adaptability is about the powerful difference between adapting to cope and adapting to win.” Max McKeown


“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


People will try to tell you that all the great opportunities have been snapped up. In reality, the world changes every second, blowing new opportunities in all directions, including yours.” Ken Hakuta


“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”Charles Darwin


Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant.”

Anthony D’Angelo


“Look for solutions, instead of being difficult; be more thoughtful, instead of allowing anger to burn you out. Look at things from a different perspective, embrace change, look out for opportunities and you will feel much more in control.” Steve Backley


The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”  Socrates


The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.

Nathaniel Branden


There is no such thing as can’t, only won’t. If you’re qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change. Go forward, go backward. Whatever it takes! But you can’t blame other people or society in general. It all comes from your mind. When we do the impossible, we realize we are special people.”  Jan Ashford


Remember no matter what your tests are, you are not too weak to fight. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.


Accept, Adapt, Progress and Evolve

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1 Comment

  1. Pr Narendraprana

    Hari Om Swamiji,

    Really a very good article. Few quotations are really inspiring.

    Thanks with regards.

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