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Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less.
Norman Mailer
To change your circumstances, first start thinking differently. Do not passively accept unsatisfactory circumstances, but form a picture in your mind of circumstances as they should be. Believe and succeed.
Norman Vincent Peale
Too often the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too late.
Rita Coolidge
When one door closes another opens. But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell
...and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Anais Nin
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another.
Anatole France
The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.
Bertrand Russell
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one that is most adaptable to change.
Charles Darwin
Everything that can be invented has been invented.
Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
Chinese Proverb
Progress always involves risk; you can't progress to second base and also keep your foot on first.
Christie Mason
It's how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.
David Feherty
We make our habits and our habits make us. Practicing bad habits over a long period of time can ingrain attitudes, beliefs and feelings so firmly that escape seems impossible. In such cases, you must exhibit change - do it, perform its outward manifestations - before you can learn to believe in it. You will find that by learning and repeating new behavior patterns you can change your habits and your life.
Denis Waitley
Habits are like comfortable beds: easy to get into but difficult to get out of.
Denis Waitley
There is no security in this life, only opportunity.
Douglas MacArthur
Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their minds are incompetents in asylums - who can't, and those in cemeteries.
Everett M. Dirksen
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.
Francis Bacon
It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But, above all, try something.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw
Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.
George Shinn
One of the difficulties in bringing about change in an organization is that you must do so through the persons who have been most successful in that organization, no matter how faulty the system or organization is. To such persons, you see, it is the best of all possible organizations, because look who was selected by it and look who succeeded most in it. Yet these are the very people through whom we must bring about improvements.
George Washington
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
New and stirring things are belittled because if they are not belittled, the humiliating question arises, 'Why then are you not taking part in them?
H.G. Wells
I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Nothing is permanent but change.
There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
Hindu proverb
You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
James Allen
Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for change.
Johann von Goethe
We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Everything changes but change itself.
John F. Kennedy
Imagination is the eye of the soul.
Joseph Joubert
Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
Karen Kaiser Clark
I've come to believe that we only change when the future we envision makes us inspired. It's when we find a compelling image of the future that we want at a deep level, that the pain and inefficiency of change becomes irrelevant and we find a way to make the future happen despite obstacles.
Laura Park
The only people in the world who can change things are those who can sell ideas.
Lois Wyse
We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view.
Mao Tse-tung
We all live our lives in comfort zones, avoiding risky situations, avoiding the potential to fail. But in order to get ahead of your competition, you've got to go out of your comfort zone. Now your comfort zone is something that you live your whole day, you whole life in. You go to work and do what has to be done to get by. You've got to try to do more. Try that little new thing, that different approach. Get out of your comfort zone and see if it works. It may, it may not, but you'll never know if you don't try.
Mary Lou Retton
We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.
Max DePree
It's easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting.
Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity
Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts.
Nikki Giovanni
If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope for advance
Orville Wright
All things change, nothing perishes
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
Pablo Picasso
It is commonly believed that innovations create changes - but few ever do. Successful innovations exploit changes that have already happened.
Peter Drucker
Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Being willing to change allows you to move from a point of view to a viewing point--a higher, more expansive place, from which you can see both sides.
Thomas Crum
A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what a ship is built for.
We cannot direct the winds, but we can set the sails.
What is now proved was once only imagined.
William Blake