Making Sense of Change

For most of us, making sense of change isn’t always easy, nor is it readily apparent, to us at least, the change that needs to be made. I have gathered this list of quotes slowly over a period of time, and will keep adding more as they come. I’ve tried to choose quotes that are neither sappy nor preachy, but which can be applied to any one of us as we live out our lives.


The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
– Alan Watts

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
– Maya AngelouMaking sense of change. Graphic with text about changing a life

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live.
– Joan Baez

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
– Victor Frankl

A part of us has to die to transform; and a part of us dies if we don’t. Which part will prevail?
– Jett Psaris

The great thing to learn about life is, first, not to do what you don’t want to do, and second, to do what you want to do.
– Margaret Anderson

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.
– Janis Joplin

To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying, “Amen,” to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive.
– Robert Louis Stevenson

New things cannot come where there is no room
– Marlo Morgan

It is never too late—in fiction or in life—to revise.
– Nancy Thayer