It's often said that change is the only constant in life. Yet humans are evolutionarily predisposed to resist change because of the risk associated with it. Despite this resistance to change, it is more important than ever. Napoleon once said, "One must change one's tactics every 10 years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority." In today's society the pace of change is immensely faster, and it will only continue to accelerate.

Organizations and people that don't embrace change are bound to lose ground and stagnate. When you are anxiously anticipating a change--or in the midst of a challenging one--grab one of these quotes to help you or your team plow through it.

  1. The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. -Albert Einstein
  2. Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. -Arnold Bennett
  3. Change is inevitable. Change is constant. -Benjamin Disraeli
  4. When you're finished changing, you're finished. -Benjamin Franklin
  5. The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change. -Bill Clinton
  6. The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress. -Charles Kettering
  7. If you don't like change, you will like irrelevance even less. -General Eric Shinseki
  8. Change means that what was before wasn't perfect. People want things to be better. -Esther Dyson
  9. Resistance at all cost is the most senseless act there is. -Friedrich Durrenmatt
  10. If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living. -Gail Sheehy
  11. Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. -George Bernard Shaw
  12. When people shake their heads because we are living in a restless age, ask them how they would like to life in a stationary one, and do without change. -George Bernard Shaw
  13. I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better. -Georg C. Lichtenberg
  14. He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. -Harold Wilson
  15. Change before you have to. -Jack Welch
  16. People can cry much easier than they can change. -James Baldwin
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Be the change that you wish to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi
  20. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead
  21. Your success in life isn't based on your ability to simply change. It is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers, and business. -Mark Sanborn
  22. If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. -Maya Angelou
  23. I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. -Mother Teresa
  24. The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. -Nathaniel Branden
  25. Change your thoughts and you change your world. -Norman Vincent Peale
  26. People don't resist change. They resist being changed. -Peter Senge
  27. You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. -R. Buckminster Fuller
  28. Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better. -Sydney J. Harris
  29. It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. -W. Edwards Deming
  30. There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. -Winston Churchill
  31. To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. -Winston Churchill
  32. And just for fun... "Change is inevitable--except from a vending machine." -Robert C. Gallagher