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21 Inspiring Quotes from Changemakers



Much as we love the warm, natural tones of the stone wall framing Marketing Partners’ open office, its greatest value is as a daily reminder of the barriers to creating change for good.
We share these 21 inspiring quotes from changemakers to help you break through your own walls.










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“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
― Rumi


“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
― Albert Einstein


“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
― Apple Inc.


“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
― Wayne Dyer


“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
― Lao Tzu


“Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.”
― Mark Twain


“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
― George Bernard Shaw


“The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.”
― John F. Kennedy


“The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.”
― Bill Clinton


“People will try to tell you that all the great opportunities have been snapped up. In reality, the world changes every second, blowing new opportunities in all directions, including yours.”
― Ken Hakuta


“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” 
― Ben Franklin


“If you focus on results, you will never get change.
If you focus on change, you will get results.”
― Jack Dixon, scientist


“Trust your idea enough to know that it can challenge the status quo.”
― Arlyn Davich


“The secret to successful hiring is this: Look for people who want to change the world. “
― Marc Benioff


“It is not the strongest nor the most intelligent who survive, but those who can best manage change.”
Attributed (incorrectly) to Charles Darwin


Enabling change: “It’s NOT NOT NOT about vanquishing (ignorant) foes.
It’s ALL ALL ALL about recruiting and nurturing ALLIES.”
― Tom Peters, Blinding Flash of the Obvious #9


“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
― Socrates


“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


Economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote that “…change has no intrinsic value.”
Sometimes you need a Nobel Laureate to endorse the obvious.


“If we take all the labels away, that’s when we will change this world.”
― Morgan Freeman


“It always seems impossible until it is done”
― Nelson Mandela


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