Quotes about Change
Change is something we all deal with. It’s a part of life, one of the Three Marks of Existence, and something we must learn to face. Here are some of our favorite quotes on change and facing the impermanent nature of experience.
“Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.”
“Everything flows and nothing abides,
everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.”
“Impermanence is a principle of harmony. When we don’t struggle against it, we are in harmony with reality.”
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
-Alan W. Watts
“Nothing endures but change.”
“Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.”
-W. Somerset Maugham
“Life is movement. The more life there is, the more flexibility there is. The more fluid you are, the more you are alive.”
“We are like the spider.
We weave our life and then move along in it.
We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives in the dream.
This is true for the entire universe.”
“On days when the sky is grey, the sun has not disappeared forever.”
“Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror, no feeling is final.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke
“Life is expressed in a perpetual sequence of changes. The birth of the child is the death of the baby, just as the birth of the adolescent is the death of the child.”
“Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes.”
“Somehow, in the process of trying to deny that things are always changing, we lose our sense of the sacredness of life. We tend to forget that we are part of the natural scheme of things.”
“The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.”
“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
“’All conditioned things are impermanent’ — when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.”
“Like a robe wears out over time and turns to rags, life wears out from day to day, from second to second.”
-Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche