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Inspirational Quotes About Changing the World

Prajakta Patil Mar 22, 2020
Want to make a difference in how the world works? Here are some inspirational quotes about changing the world from some of history's most influential people.
History shows us that the people who end up changing the world - the great political, social, scientific, technological, artistic, even sports revolutionaries - are always nuts, until they are right, and then they are geniuses.
― John Eliot
Each one of us wants to see some or the other kind of change in the world. Some of us want to feed the poor, some of us want to get rid of racism, some want to change the political system, while some want the world to be a more peaceful place. And over and over, we keep blaming others for not letting any change to occur in the society.
However, what we do not realize is that it is, in fact, us who are responsible. Like Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world." So, want to make a difference? Here are a few quotes to get you going.


Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
― Nelson Mandela

Music can change the world because it can change people.
― Bono

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
― Mahatma Gandhi
If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.
― Martin Luther

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

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
― Margaret Mead
The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
― Albert Einstein

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
― Rumi
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
― Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.
― Karl Marx, Eleven Theses on Feuerbach
Let him who would move the world first move himself.
― Socrates

We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become.
― David R. Hawkins

There are times when the world is rearranging itself, and at times like that, the right words can change the world.
― Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
Every hundred feet the world changes.
― Roberto Bolaño, 2666

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand or more perilous to conduct...than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
― Niccolo Machiavelli

If you want to change the world, just change yourself. The world needs traitors.
― Bauvard, Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic
A tiny change today brings a dramatically different tomorrow.
― Richard Bach, One

You really can change the world if you care enough.
― Marian Wright Edelman

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
― William James
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
― Leo Tolstoy

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
― Barack Obama
Things remain the same because it is impossible to change very much without changing most of everything.
― Ted Sizer, Educator and Author

I have accepted fear as part of life - specifically the fear of change ... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back.
― Erica Jong
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

Seek the rapids, not the calm of the lake. Take the calm to reflect and prepare for the rapids. If we face permanent white water, we will see the need for and experience change.
― Peter Vaille, Author
If there is no transformation inside of us, all the structural change in the world will have no impact on our institutions.
― Peter Block

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
― Richard Buckminster Fuller
Instead of hating, I have chosen to forgive and spend all of my positive energy on changing the world.
― Camryn Manheim

By doing something positive in this world, you're helping people and the future. We're all trying to help the world ... make it a better place to live. We're actually still changing the world, aren't we?
― Rick Danko
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world.
― Jack Layton

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
― Joel A. Barker
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, Anthropologist

In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first.
― Jimi Hendrix
I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.
― Tom Stoppard

As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.
― Bono
I believe it's time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them.
― Janelle Monae

Choose your corner, pick away at it carefully, intensely and to the best of your ability and that way you might change the world.
― Charles Eames
Every single person has the power to change the world and help people.
― Laura Marano

We think it is complicated to change the world. Change comes little by little. Nothing worthwhile can happen in one generation.
― Andrew Young

It takes a different value system if you wish to change the world.
― Jacque Fresco
You don't change the world by hiding in the woods, wearing a hair shirt, or buying indulgences in the form of 'Save the Earth' bumper stickers. You do it by articulating a vision for the future and pursuing it with all the ingenuity humanity can muster.
― Alex Steffen
Kids really have a lot more power than they think they have. They have the power to change the world. And they should know it.
― Laura Marano

Life is tough - and you have to be tougher than life to change the world.
― Sebastian Pinera

You have a mind. And you have other people. Start with those, and change the world.
― Elizabeth Coleman
You realize you can't change the world but it shouldn't stop you from trying.
― Kevin Johnson

You can change the world again, instead of protecting yourself from it.
― Julien Smith, The Flinch