When the ground starts shifting, the fearful run for cover. But that's the time to take a stand. And when everything seems like it's been status quo for too long, it may be time to shake things up yourself.

Hey, nobody likes change, but it's the only way you push things forward, get things done, and keep it all interesting. Here are 20 different takes on the subject of change. Find the one that speaks to you.

  • For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
    --Steve Jobs
  • Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
    --George Bernard Shaw
  • Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
    --Leo Tolstoy
  • I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.
    --John Lennon
  • If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
    --Woodrow Wilson
  • In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first.
    --Jimi Hendrix
  • The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.
    --Rupert Murdoch
  • One must change one's tactics every 10 years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.
    --Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
    --Arnold Bennett
  • Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change--this is the rhythm of living. Out of our overconfidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.
    --Bruce Barton
  • The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything ... or nothing.
    --Nancy Astor
  • I believe that history has shape, order, and meaning; that exceptional men, as much as economic forces, produce change; and that passé abstractions like beauty, nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity.
    --Camille Paglia
  • Change your thoughts and you change your world.
    --Norman Vincent Peale
  • Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
    --Stephen Hawking
  • Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
    --Harriet Tubman
  • No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
    --Robin Williams
  • There are three constants in life ... change, choice, and principles.
    --Stephen Covey
  • 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.
    --Alan Cohen
  • If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
    --Albert Einstein
  • Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
    --Harry S. Truman