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Inspiring quotes - change “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” - Karen Lamb “It doesn’t matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go.” -Bob Proctor “Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.” -Bikram Choudhury. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -Andre Gide “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” - Wayne Gretzy “Even if you stumble, you’re still moving forward.” “Lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at you.” -David Brinkley “May the bridges I burn light the way.” “In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” -Warren Buffett “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – Life’s Little Instruction Book “Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you… yet, someone survived… You can do anything you choose to do.” –Maya Angelou “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson “By changing nothing, nothing changes.” -Tony Robbins

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A year from now you will wish you had started today. -Karen Lamb It doesnt matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go. -Bob Proctor Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again. -Bikram Choudhury. Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. -Andre Gide You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. -Wayne Gretzy Even if you stumble, youre still moving forward. Lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at you. -David Brinkley May the bridges I burn light the way. In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks. -Warren Buffett Dont say you dont have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Lifes Little Instruction Book Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you yet, someone survived You can do anything you choose to do. Maya Angelou Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. -Maria Robinson By changing nothing, nothing changes. -Tony Robbins Today is the first day of the rest of your life. -Anonymous All great changes are preceded by chaos. -Deepak Chopra Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. -C.S. Lewis Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. -Marilyn Monroe Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, its time to pause and reflect. -Mark Twain When in doubt, choose change. -Lily Leung If work were so pleasant, the rich would keep it for themselves. -Mark Twain If what youre doing is not your passion, you have nothing to lose. Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. -Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement address 2005 Use what talents you possess, the woods will be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. -Henry van Dyke The best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing. -Theodore Roosevelt

Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action. -Walter Anderson Live as if you were living for the second time and had acted as wrongly the first time as you are about to act now. -Viktor Frankl If you do what youve always done, youll get what youve always gotten. -Tony Robbins Each persons task in life is to become an increasingly better person. -Leo Tolstoy All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If youre alive, it isnt. -Richard Bach Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. Jim Rohn If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? -Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement address 2005 Fear, uncertainty and discomfort are your compasses toward growth. The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. Elbert Hubbard To create more positive results in your life, replace if only with next time. If you run you stand a chance of losing, but if you dont run youve already lost. Barack Obama As soon as anyone starts telling you to be realistic, cross that person off your invitation list. John Eliot I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I cant accept not trying. Michael Jordan The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. -George Bernard Shaw Final words Youre braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. A.A. Milne You must do the thing you think you cannot do. -Eleanor Roosevelt Never, never, never, never give up. Winston Churchill Courage doesnt always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says Ill try again tomorrow. -Mary Anne Radmacher 20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didnt do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching. Unknown The key to change... is to let go of fear. For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else. The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever. What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction

Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted. Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. ~ Arthur Christopher Benson~ The reality is that changes are coming... They must come. You must share in bringing them. ~John Hersey~ We must learn to view change as a natural phenomenon - to anticipate it and to plan for it. The future is ours to channel in the direction we want to go... we must continually ask ourselves, "What will happen if...?" or better still, "How can we make it happen?" ~Lisa Taylor~ When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge. ~Tuli Kupferberg~ It's never too late - in fiction or in life - to revise. ~Nancy Thayer~ Change the fabric of your own soul and your own visions, and you change all. ~Vachel Lindsay~ It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ~Charles Darwin~ Things do not change; we change. ~Henry David Thoreau~ The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. ~Carl Rogers~ Life is always at some turning point. ~Irwin Edman~ The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable. ~John F. Kennedy~ To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. ~Henri Bergson~ What is more enthralling to the human mind than this splendid, boundless, colored

mutability! - Life in the making? ~David Grayson~ If you want to change your life, change your mind. ~T.~ Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~George Bernard Shaw~ Change is the watchword of progression. When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new. This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb, and to seek the mountain view. ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox~ I've never met a person, I don't care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don't care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life anytime he is prepared and ready to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it. The capacity for reformation and change lies within. ~Preston Bradley~ Readjusting is a painful process, but most of us need it at one time or another. ~Arthur Christopher Benson~ We accept the verdict of the past until the need for change cries out loudly enough to force upon us a choice between the comforts of inertia and the irksomeness of action. ~Learned Hand~ Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul. ~Mark Twain~ He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality. ~Anwar Sadat~ The most significant change in a person's life is a change of attitude. Right attitudes produce right actions. ~Willam J. Johnston~ Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. ~Arnold Bennett~ 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 into another. ~Anatole France~

He that has energy enough to root out a vice should go further, and try to plant a virtue in its place. ~Charles Caleb Colton~ The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That's all you have to do. Change is not something you do, it's something you allow. ~Will Garcia, person with AIDS~ When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. ~Helen Keller~ I have accepted fear as a part of life - specifically the fear of change... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back... ~Erica Jong~ God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. ~Reinhold Niebuhr~

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~Harold Wilson If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. ~W. Edwards Deming (Thanks, Michelle) 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. ~Anatole France When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Victor Frankl Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it.

Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer. ~Shunryu Suzuki The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble. ~Henry Miller You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler. ~Denis Waitley Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine. ~Robert C. Gallagher If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change. ~John A. Simone, Sr. There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in travelling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position, and be bruised in a new place. ~Washington Irving When you are through changing, you are through. ~Bruce Barton 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 What can we take on trust in this uncertain life? Happiness, greatness, pride - nothing is secure, nothing keeps. ~Euripides, Hecuba They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. ~Confucius Change always comes bearing gifts. ~Price Pritchett The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions. ~Ellen Glasgow

Life is its own journey, presupposes its own change and movement, and one tries to arrest them at one's eternal peril. ~Laurens van der Post Growth is the only evidence of life. ~John Henry Newman, Apologia pro vita sua, 1864 Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. ~Irene Peter Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. ~Faith Baldwin The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one. ~William H. Seward The birds are molting. If only man could molt also - his mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year its useless passions. ~James Allen The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. ~William Blake Man's yesterday may ne'er be like his morrow; Nought may endure but Mutability. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Mutability" You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish. ~Author Unknown Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them. ~Marcel Proust Stubborness does have its helpful features. You always know what you are going to be thinking tomorrow. ~Glen Beaman If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies. ~Author Unknown I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed.

~George Carlin We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves. ~Lynn Hall It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ~Author unknown, commonly misattributed to Charles Darwin Change may come to you in trinkets and I hope it adorns your life gracefully. ~Dodinsky, www.dodinsky.com To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. ~Henri Bergson The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down. ~Jawaharlal Nehru We would rather be ruined than changed; We would rather die in our dread Than climb the cross of the moment And let our illusions die. ~W.H. Auden What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history. ~Joan Wallach Scott All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. ~Ellen Glasgow Oh, would that my mind could let fall its dead ideas, as the tree does its withered leaves! ~Andre Gide

If you want to make enemies, try to change something. ~Woodrow Wilson After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over. ~Alfred Edward Perlman, New York Times, 3 July 1958 Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. ~Pauline R. Kezer 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. ~Saint Augustine We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it. ~John Steinbeck, America and Americans A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea. ~John Ciardi The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists. ~Japanese Proverb The devil could change. He was once an angel and may be evolving still. ~Laurence J. Peter Nothing that is can pause or stay; The moon will wax, the moon will wane, The mist and cloud will turn to rain, The rain to mist and cloud again, Tomorrow be today. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and forty-eight. ~Ezra Pound

Every beginning is a consequence - every beginning ends some thing. ~Paul Valery It's the most unhappy people who most fear change. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966 People don't change. Only their costumes do. ~Gene Moore God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me. ~Author Unknown We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. ~Harrison Ford Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower No two men ever judged alike of the same thing, and it is impossible to find two opinions exactly similar, not only in different men but in the same men at different times. ~Michel Montaigne If you want to truly understand something, try to change it. ~Kurt Lewin Every single thing changes and is changing always in this world. Yet with the same light the moon goes on shining. ~Saigyo Things do not change; we change. ~Henry David Thoreau Our only security is our ability to change. ~John Lilly Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they

are. ~Bertold Brecht He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. ~Francis Bacon, "On Innovation," Essays, 1597 Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. ~Francis Bacon A scholar who loves comfort is not fit to be called a scholar. ~Confucius, Analects Sudden resolutions, like the sudden rise of the mercury in the barometer, indicates nothing but the changeableness of the weather. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827 Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour. ~Arthur Schopenhauer When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet. ~Stanislaw Lec The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them. ~George Bernard Shaw

Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today? Mary Manin Morrissey

Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are

blessings given to us to learn from. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. Carl Sandburg

It is raining still... Maybe it is not one of those showers that is here one minute and gone the next, as I had so boldly assumed. Maybe none of them are. After all, life in itself is a chain of rainy days. But there are times when not all of us have umbrellas to walk under. Those are the times when we need people who are willing to lend their umbrellas to a wet stranger on a rainy day. I think I'll go for a walk with my umbrella. Sun-Young Park

Life is the sum of your choices. Albert Camus

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever... Isak Dinesen

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance. Unknown

The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself. Emmet Fox

Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. William James

Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend ... when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth. Sarah Ban Breathnach

It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago. Jim Bishop

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. Fr. Alfred D'Souza

Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin. Grace Hansen

The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds, and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy. Florence Scovel Shinn

Life is a great and wondrous mystery, and the only thing we know that we have for sure is what is right here right now. Don't miss it. Leo Buscaglia

Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it. Ernest Holmes

Life is the acceptance of responsibilities or their evasion; it is a business of meeting obligations or avoiding them. To every man the choice is continually being offered, and by the manner of his choosing you may fairly measure him. Ben Ames Williams

Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away. Unknown

A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction. Rita Mae Brown

Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Mary Manin Morrissey

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed. Wayne Dyer

All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. Chief Seattle

We must be willing to fail and to appreciate the truth that often "Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived." M. Scott Peck

Four Lessons on Life 1. Never take down a fence until you know why it was put up. 2. If you get too far ahead of the army, your soldiers may mistake you for the enemy. 3. Dont complain about the bottom rungs of the ladder; they helped to get you higher. 4. If you want to enjoy the rainbow, be prepared to endure the storm. Warren Wiersbe

A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. Antoine de Saint Exupery

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is awaiting us.... The old skin has to be shed before the new one is to come. Joseph Campbell

As any change must begin somewhere, it is the single individual who will experience it and carry it through. The change must indeed begin with an individual; it might be any one of us. Nobody can afford to look round and to wait for somebody else to do what he is loath to do himself. Carl G. Jung

Change starts when someone sees the next step. William Drayton

Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one. Marianne Williamson

That's the risk you take if you change: that people you've been involved with won't like the new you. But other people who do will come along. Lisa Alther

Change is the end result of all true learning. Leo Buscaglia

Since changes are going on anyway, the great thing is to learn enough about them so that we will be able to lay hold of them and turn them in the direction of

our desires. Conditions and events are neither to be fled from nor passively acquiesced in; they are to be utilized and directed. John Dewey

Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid changing it. Elaine St. James

Judgmentalism assumes that you have the right to change someone else. Well, you don't. You only have the right to choose how you will change and behave. Trust others to make their own choices. Put the accountability for another's actions where it belongs, on the other person's shoulders. Vince Poscente

People are very open-minded about new things as long as they're exactly like the old ones. Charles F. Kettering

I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. I have accepted fear as a part of life specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown; and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart that says: turn back, turn back, you'll die if you venture too far. Erica Jong

In every crisis there is a message. Crises are nature's way of forcing change breaking down old structures, shaking loose negative habits so that something new and better can take their place. Susan Taylor

It is hard to let old beliefs go. They are familiar. We are comfortable with them and have spent years building systems and developing habits that depend on them. Like a man who has worn eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we forget that the world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing it that way through a particular set of lenses. Today, however, we need new lenses. And we need to throw the old ones away. Kenich Ohmae

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. Nelson Mandela

Why is it that, as we grow older, we are so reluctant to change? It is not so much that new ideas are painful, for they are not. It is that old ideas are seldom entirely false, but have truth, great truth in them. The justification for conservatism is the desire to preserve the truths and standards of the past; its dangers, of which we are seldom aware, is that in preserving those values, we may miss the infinitely greater riches that lie in the future. Dale Turner

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got. W.L. Bateman

The art of living does not consist of preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; for happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up. Charles Langbridge Morgan

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. Gail Sheehy

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity. Gilda Radner

Change is inevitable, growth is intentional. Glenda Cloud

The most powerful thing you can do to change the world is to change your own beliefs about the nature of life, people, and reality to something more positive and begin to act accordingly. Shakti Gawain