Top Ten Tuesday – Greatest Literary Quotes About Change

Posted March 6, 2018 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 5 Comments

My life underwent substantial change in the middle of last year and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, change tends to set in motion more change. Change is one of those inevitable facts of life and you either adapt to it or you don’t.

The following ten quotes are some of my favorite literary quotes about change.

“No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don’t.”

― Stephen King, The Stand

“I’m choosing happiness over suffering. I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

“You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”

― Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”

― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein

“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”

― Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



5 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Greatest Literary Quotes About Change

  1. I love all of these quotes, but the one that stands out to me most is the one from Fahrenheit 451. The last time I read it, I was a sophomore in high school, and I’m starting to think I should make a reread of it, especially with the movie adaptation coming out soon. 🙂 Great list! (I had a Frankenstein pick on mine, as well!)
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