100 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Change The World

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Changing the world can be interpreted in an array of different angles, from creating a ripple effect, impacting others around us, making a difference, singing a song, painting a picture, manifesting a solution orientated idea that pushes humanity forward, or simply but importantly, changing ourselves from the inside out. The one thing that’s for sure, changing the world is all in the eye, or mind rather, of the beholder, so long as our intentions are naturally good, and they align with the grand vision of a ‘better’ world.

From the beginning of time, human beings have been fixated on this ideology of changing the world, which shows our ambition for peace, positive intent and hope for a brighter future. But wanting to change the world can also be associated to seeking recognition, and it can often be a reflection of our ego formed mind which glamorizes fame and wishes to leave a legacy so that we will be remembered hundreds of years after our exit from earth.

These are 2 very different reasons or why’s behind the ever so popular “change the world” concept. If, however, you dare to jump on the highway of hopes and dreams of making a splash on the planet and turn it by even the slightest degree, make sure you are doing it for the right internal reasons. These famous quotes by highly influential and wise people from the past to the present will give you a good indication to know if your intention is coming from the right place. Let these 100 hand picked change the world quotes serve you as an internal road map in which to guide you in the right direction or inspire your spirit…



1.) “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix



2.) “One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.” – Martin Luther King Jr.


3.) “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai



4.) “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss



5.) “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard



6.) “If you run you stand a chance of losing, but if you don’t run you’ve already lost.” – Barack Obama



7.) “You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.” – Tom Brokaw



8.) “If you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and make that change.” – Michael Jackson



9.) “You change the world by being yourself.” – Yoko Ono



10.) “Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.” – Bikram Choudhry  




11.) “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



12.) “Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.” – Alan Rickman



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



14.) “Art is not supposed to change the world, to change practical things, but to change perceptions. Art can change the way we see the world. Art can create an analogy.” – JR



15.) “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams  



16.) “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



 17.) “It’s a philosophy of life. A practice. If you do this, something will change, what will change is that you will change, your life will change, and if you can change you, you can perhaps change the world.” – Vivienne Westwood



18.) “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



19.) “Music can change the world because it can change people.” – Bono 



20.) “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa



21.) “Help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big. Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world.” – Jack Ma 



22.) “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela



 23.) “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James



24.) “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



25.) “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways: the point, however, is to change it.” – Karl Marx



26.) “I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” – Aldous Huxley



27.) “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



 28.) “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy



29.) “The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton



30.) “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.“ – Charles Darwin



31.) “Some men see things as they are and say, “Why?” I dream of things that never were and say, “Why not?”” – George Bernard Shaw



32.) “It takes a different value system if you wish to change the world.” – Jacques Fresco 



33.) “Kids deserve the right to think that they can change the world.” – Lois Lowry



34.) “You really can change the world if you care enough.” – Marian Wright Edelman



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



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



37.) “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” – Charles Kettering



38.) “The good inside of all of us is wrapped in a layer of apathy, and we forget how much potential we have within us, in each and every one of us, to change the world for the better for ourselves and our children, and thus to bring about oneness.” – Shari Arison



39.) “When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.” – Elon Musk



40.) “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” -Benjamin Franklin



41.) “What is Apple, after all? Apple is about people who think ‘outside the box,’ people who want to use computers to help them change the world, to help them create things that make a difference, and not just to get a job done.” – Steve Jobs



42.) “Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.” -Sydney J. Harris



43.) “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” – John Lennon



44.) “The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs



45.) “As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.” – Paul Shane Spear 



46.) “There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.”  – Terry Pratchett



47.) “If you think we can’t change the world, It just means you’re not one of those that will.” – Jacque Fresco



 48.) “You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world.” – Woodrow Wilson



49.) “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.”     — Nelson Mandela



50.) “Can we change the world? No, but hell, we can all try.”    — Rupert Murdoch



51.) “The only people who can change the world are people who want to. And not everybody does.” – Hugh Macleod



52.) “Be what you are. Do what you love. Speak what you feel. Don’t hide your humanity. Celebrate it. Embrace it. That is how you change the world.” – Vironika Tugaleva



53.) “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



54.) “The only way we can change our world is to take responsibility for our part in it.” – Rachael Bermingham


55.) “If your changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning.” – Larry Page



56.) “Don’t underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems.” -Leroy Hood



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



58.) “I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” – Tupac Shakur



59.) “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” – John F. Kennedy



60.) “In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first.”  – Jimi Hendrix



61.) “The world can only change from within.” – Eckhart Tolle



62.) “We must become the change we wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Ghandi



63.) “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale



64.) “When you believe in what you’re doing and use your imagination and initiative, you can make a difference.” – Samuel Dash



65.) “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”   – Ralph Waldo Emerson



66.) “I never said to be like me, I say be yourself and make a difference.” – Marilyn Manson



67.) “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” – Robert F. Kennedy



68.) “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” – Martin Luther King Jr.



69.) “Whatever change you desire for the world, create that change in your own life. You are here for a purpose. Seek it out. Hunt it down. The greatest misery is to be purposeless. The great depression of our age is not economic, but spiritual. Our spiritual poverty is rooted in our purposelessness.” – Matthew Kelly



70.) “Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person. ”  – Buckminster Fuller



71.) “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale



72.) “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” – Barbara De Angelis



73.) “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams



74.) “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” – Albert Schweitzer



75.) “All great changes are preceded by chaos.” ~ Deepak Chopra



76.) “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali



77.) “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do.” Leonardo Da Vinci



78.) “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela



79.) “We have it in our power to change the world over.” – Thomas Paine



80.) “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.” – Denis Waitley



81.) “Don’t be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone.” – Andy Biersack



82.) “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” – Charles Kettering



83.)”When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities.” – The Dalai Lama



84.)”The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindred’s.” – Abraham Lincoln 



85.) “Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.” – Princess Diana



86.) “Yes, it is love that will save our world and our civilization, love even for enemies.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.



87.) “The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing a decent standard of living for all mankind.” – Norman Borlaug



88.)“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” –  Brian Tracy



89.) “The question shouldn’t be what we ought to do, but what we can do.” – Rory Stewart



90.)”The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.” – Leo Tolstoy



91.) “To say that on a daily basis you can make a difference, well, you can. One act of kindness a day can do it.”  Betty Williams



92.) “We have a choice about how we take what happens to us in our life and whether or not we allow it to turn us. We can become consumed by hate and darkness, or we’re able to regain our humanity somehow, or come to terms with things and learn something about ourselves.” Angelina Jolie



93.) “When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”  – Pauline R. Kezer



94.) “The power of human empathy, leading to collective action, saves lives, and frees prisoners. Ordinary people, whose personal well-being and security are assured, join together in huge numbers to save people they do not know, and will never meet….Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places….We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling



95.) “How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.” – Anne Frank



96.)”Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha



97.) “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill



98.) “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



99.) “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive.”  Howard Thurman



100.) “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi



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