John Lennon Page

“I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.”

- John Lennon

Source/Notes: Interview, September 1980
Langston Hughes Page

“Negroes - Sweet and docile, Meek, humble, and kind: Beware the day - They change their mind.”

- Langston Hughes

Source/Notes: From the poem "Roland Hayes Beaten" - One-Way Ticket (1949)
Steve Jobs Page

“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... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but 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 ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

- Steve Jobs

Source/Notes: Apple TV Commercial ("Think Different"), 1997. Not actually written by Jobs, but a version of the commercial was created with his voiceover (
Nelson Mandela Page

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

- Nelson Mandela

Source/Notes: Speech at Madison Park High School, Boston, 23 June 1990
Robin Williams Page

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

- Robin Williams

Source/Notes: Actually from the movie "Dead Poets Society" (1989)


Alan Watts Page

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

- Alan Watts

Source/Notes: The Wisdom of Insecurity (1951), p. 43
Heraclitus Page

“Everything changes but change itself. Everything flows and nothing remains the same... You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters and yet others go flowing ever on.”

- Heraclitus

Steve Jobs Page

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

- Steve Jobs

Source/Notes: Address at Stanford University (2005) -
Carl Rogers Page

“In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?”

- Carl Rogers

Stephen Hawking Page

“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”

- Stephen Hawking

Source/Notes: Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays (1993)


Carl Rogers Page

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

- Carl Rogers

James Russell Lowell Page

“As life runs on, the road grows strange With faces new, and near the end The milestones into headstones change, 'Neath every one a friend.”

- James Russell Lowell

Source/Notes: Sixty-eighth Birthday (1889).
Kate Sheppard Page

“We are tired of having a 'sphere' doled out to us, and of being told that anything outside that sphere is 'unwomanly'. We want to be natural just for a change … we must be ourselves at all risks.”

- Kate Sheppard

Source/Notes: As quoted in her profile at The New Zealand Edge
Katharine Hepburn Page

“We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers - but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change.”

- Katharine Hepburn

Source/Notes: As quoted in: "Katharine Hepburn: The Untold Story" by James Robert Parish, Advocate Books, 2005, p. 18 - ISBN: 9781555838911
Martin Luther King, Jr. Page

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.


Pete Seeger Page

“Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history.”

- Pete Seeger

Steve Jobs Page

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

- Steve Jobs

Source/Notes: Address at Stanford University (2005) -