“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”   Joseph Campbell

 

“If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic.”  Helen Henderson

 

“Sometimes a breakdown can be the beginning of a kind of breakthrough, a way of living in advance through a trauma that prepares you for a future of radical transformation.”  Cherrie Moraga

 

“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

 

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”  Mary Engelbreit

 

“Keep constantly in mind how many things you yourself have witnessed changes already. The universe is change, life is understanding.” Marcus Aurelius

 

“The circumstances of the world are continually changing, and the opinions of men change also; and as government is for the living, and not for the dead, it is the living only that has any right in it. That which may be thought right and found convenient in one age, may be thought wrong and found inconvenient in another. In such cases, who is to decide, the living, or the dead?”   Thomas Paine

 

“People change and forget to tell each other.”   Lillian Hellman

 

“The moment of change is the only poem.”  Adrienne Rich

 

“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” Abraham Lincoln

 

“All change is not growth; as all movement is not forward.”  Ellen Glasgow

 

“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

 

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”  Carl Rogers

 

“There are no prescriptive solutions, no grand designs for grand problems. Life’s solutions lie in the minute particulars involving more and more individual people daring to create their own life and art, daring to listen to the voice within their deepest, original nature, and deeper still, the voice within the earth.”   Stephen Nachmanovitch

 

“Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.”   Saul Alinsky

 

“The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.”  W. E. B. Du Bois

 

“One of the first things a relationship therapist learns is that couples argue to burn up energy that could be used for something else. In fact, arguments often serve the purpose of using up energy, so that the couple do not have to take the courageous, creative leap into an unknown they fear. Arguing serves the function of being a zone of familiarity into which you can retreat when you are afraid of making a creative breakthrough.” Gay Hendricks

 

“The most successful people are those who are good at plan B.”  James Yorke

 

“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” Gloria Steinem

 

“Keep constantly in mind how many things you yourself have witnessed changed already. The universe is change, life is understanding.” Marcus Aurelius

 

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” Epictetus

 

“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.” Anais Nin

 

“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”   Pablo Picasso

 

“For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.”   James Baldwin

 

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”   Albert Einstein

 

“Unslumping yourself is not easily done.”  Dr. Suess

 

“One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:  “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

 

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”    Winston Churchill

 

“None of us can help the things life has done to us.  They’re done before you realize it, and once they’re done, they make you do other things until at last everything comes between you and what you’d like to be, and you have lost your true self forever.”  Eugene O’Neill

 

“It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.” Francis Bacon

 

“Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.”  Anne Morrow Lindbergh