105 Motivational Quotes that Inspires You to Change the World

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Let me ask you one question. Do you think one person can really change the world? The answer will depend on the person you ask, every opinion will be different, you can either hear a very exciting “yes” or a bored “no”.

Who do you think is right? For us, no one is right. It can always either be “yes, one person can change the world” or “no, because not everyone is strong enough to do the job”.

Being afraid and experiencing resistance and self-doubt when it comes to change can hinder anyone. However, you can always do something on your own to change things, no matter how small they are.

Top 105 Quotes to Help You Decide If You Want to Change the World

After you read these quotes about the changing the world, you will surely be inspired to do your best in making a difference for the sake of everyone.

1. “If you really want to change the world, you should pick up your pen and write.”- Martin Luther King, Jr.

2. “Do not doubt that a tiny group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the whole world. It is indeed the only thing that ever has.”- Margaret Mead

3. “A ship that is in port is safe, but that isn’t the reason why the ships are built.”- Navy Admiral Grace Hopper

4. “We have to become the change that we wish to see in the world.”- Mahatma Gandhi

5. “No matter what the person tells you, words and ideas can always change the world.”- Robin Williams

6. “As engineers, we are ought to be in a position to change the world and not only to study it.”- Henry Petroski

7. “Always remember that one pen, one book, one child, and one teacher has the ability to change the world.”- Malala Yousafzai

8. “The most fatal thing that a man can do is trying to stand alone.”- Carson McCullers

9. “Pray for the people who have wronged you and love the people who hate you. It won’t change their lives, but it’ll change yours.”- Mandy Hale

10. “You should wear your sunglasses because of the future’s brightness.”- Ian Somerhalder

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

12. “You can change the world if you care enough for it.”- Marian Wright Edelman

13. “A lot of people are thinking about changing the world, but no one is thinking about changing himself.”- Leo Tolstoy

14. “Things will always stay the same because it is impossible to change very much without the most of everything.”- Ted Sizer

15. “Act as if the things you do can make a difference because it does.”- William James

16. “There’s nothing more difficult to take in hand or more dangerous to conduct, than taking the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.”- Niccolo Machiavelli

17. “I am not impressed by the heroic acts of people that are convinced that they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who are struggling to make one small difference.” – Ellen Goodman

18. “Change won’t come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for another time. We are the ones that we have all been waiting for. We are the change that we all seek.”- Barrack Obama

19. “Education is one of the most powerful weapons that you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela

20. “Music can change the world because it can also change the people.”- Bono

21. “I have realized that if you can change a classroom, you can also change a community, and if you have changed enough communities you can change the world.”- Erin Gruwell

22. “I’m not saying that when you put on makeup you will change the world or even your life, but it’ll be the first step in learning things about yourself that you may have never discovered otherwise. You could even make a big mess and still have a good laugh.”- Kevyn Aucoin

23. “Look for the rapids, not the calmness of the lake. Take the calm to reflect and prepare yourself for the rapids. If we face the permanent white waters, we will see the need for and experience change.”- Peter Vaille

24. “If you want to make a change, start off by making your bed.”-William H. McRaven

25. “You can change the world again rather than protecting yourself from it.”- Julien Smith

26. “Making a person smile can change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their own world.”- Unknown

27. “If there are no transformations inside of us, all the structural change in the world will not have an impact on our institutions.”- Peter Block

28. “One person cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.”- Paul Shane Spear

29. “You can change the world by changing your thoughts.”- Norman Vincent Peale

30. “Just be what you are, do want you, love, speak what you feel. Do not hide your humanity, celebrate and embrace it. That is how you can change the world.”- Vironika Tugaleva

31. “We have the power to change the world over.”- Thomas Paine

32. “I cannot change you and you cannot change me, but if we work together we can change the world.”- Germany Kent

33. “You are educated and your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as your ticket to a good life, but you can also think of an alternative. You can think of it as your ticket to change the world.”- Unknow

34. “If we change our thoughts from ‘It is too late’ to ‘there is still hope’, we might see some changes in the world.”- Kellie Elmore

35. “Everything is within your power, and your power is always within you.”- Janice Trachtman

36. “Some people that have integrity can go a long way.”- Bill Kauth

37. “To change the world, one has to ignore its residents.”- Mokokoma Mokhonoana

38. “The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”-Steve Jobs

39. “I choose to believe that I can and will change the world with my words and with my thoughts.”- Rod Williams

40. “If your life changes, we can change the world too.”- Yoko Ono

41. “Instead of trying to change people, you can rather change the world.”- Bjarke Ingels

42. “In order for you to change the world, you have to get yourself together first.”- Jimi Hendrix

43. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember that you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”- Harriet Tubman

44. “Find someone that can help you paddle if you want to change the world.”- William H. McRaven

45. “Steve Jobs didn’t really set the direction of my Apple I and Apple II designs, but he did a more important part of turning them into a product that would change the world. I don’t deny that.”- Steve Wozniak

46. “A small change can already make a big difference. You are the only one who can make our world a better place to inhabit. So, do not be afraid to take a stand.”- Ankita Singhal

47. “We can just change our own life and then ultimately change the world.”- Kristi Bowman

48. “Great men aren’t the ones who change the world, but the weak men who are in the hands of a great God.”-Brother Yun

49. “By your simple voice, you can change the world.”- Barrack Obama

50. “Let the world change you and then you can change the world.”- Che Guevara

51. “People can care about changing the world, but what gets them to act is by social reward and pressure.”- Joe Green

52. “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we will change the world.”- Jack Layton

53. “Every moment is an organizing opportunity, everyone is a potential activist, and every minute’s a chance to change the world.”- Dolores Huerta

54. “How can you change the world? Bring the people together. Where can you easily gather them? Most likely in a work environment.”- Adam Neumann

55. “Change can almost never fail because it is too early, but it almost always fails because it is too late.”- Seth Godin

56. “If you embrace the fact that most things that you can do are limitless, you can place your ding in the universe. You can even change the world.”- Tim Cook

57. “You’ll never know who you are talking to. Do not limit a young student’s dream, because that is how we can change the world.”- Adam Neumann

58. “An action without vision just passes the time. A vision without action is merely a dream. While a vision with action can change the world.”- Joel A. Barker

59. “I have accepted fear as a part of our lives, specifically the fear of change. I have gone on ahead despite the pound in my heart that keeps saying ‘turn back’.”- Erica Jong

60. “Human potential is truly amazing. We all have the capacity to create a world that is peaceful, one that could spread kindness and love, rather than spreading hatred. If we all believe it to be so, it will become our truth, and we will then create it.”- Kristi Bowman

61. “Choose your desired corner, pick away at it carefully, intensely, and to the best of what you can do that way you might change the world.”- Charles Eames

62. “I am not going to change the world. You are not going to change the world. But we can help, we can all help to change it.”- Cristiano Ronaldo

63. “The only people who can change the world are people who want to. And not everybody does.”- Hugh MacLeod

64. “We think it is complicated to change the world. Change comes little by little. Nothing worthwhile can happen in one generation.”- Andrew Young

65. “We can change the world one thought at a time, one child at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time, one city, one state and one country at a time.”- Bryant McGill

66. “Can we change the world? No, but hell, we can all try.”- Rupert Murdoch

67. “Youngsters want to change the world. Elders want to enjoy their works.The entrepreneur sells anything needed by both to win their desires.”- Toba Beta

68. “The world is changed not by the self-regarding, but by men and women prepared to make fools of themselves.”- P.D. James

69. “Now isn´t the time to change yourself to fit into the world… you should be changing the world to accept you. To let you exist as you are, without being cut open and damaged.”- Alexandra Bracken

70. “I feel that the best companies are started not because the founder wanted a company but because the founder wanted to change the world… If you decide you want to found a company, you maybe start to develop your first idea. And hire lots of workers.”- Mark Zuckerberg

71. “Someone had to change the world. And obviously, I was the one for the job.”- Joan Baez

72. Taking a new step and uttering a new word is what people fear the most.”- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

74. “I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.”- Tom Stoppard

75. “It is more likely that your acts of resistance can’t stop the injustice not exempt you from acting in what you reflectively and sincerely hold to be the best interests of your community.”- Susan Sontag

76. “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

77. “All of us have to work toward a definite future… that can motivate and inspire people to change the world.”- Peter Thiel

78. “Cinema is a mirror that can possibly change the world.”- Diego Luna

79. “Every single person has the power to change the world and help people.”- Laura Marano

80. “Didn’t they realize that the only way to change things was to act?”- Tamora Pierce

81. “We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become.”- David R. Hawkins

82. “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

83. “The weak cannot forgive. Forgiveness is one of the attributes of being strong.”- Gandhi

84. “Your time is limited, so do not waste it on someone else’s life.”- Steve Jobs

85. “Success is a very lousy teacher. It’ll seduce smart people into thinking that they cannot lose.”- Bill Gates

86. “Hate cannot drive out the hate, only love can do that.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

87. “If a person with a bullet in Dallas can change the world, imagine what a person with an idea could do.”- J. Michael Straczynski

88. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

89. “If you cannot feed a hundred people, then you can just feed one.”- Mother Teresa

90. “Can art change the world? Maybe… we should change the question: Can art change people’s lives?”-JR

91. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, you should learn from them and then start again.”- Richard Branson

92. “It is fine to celebrate your success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”- Bill Gates

93. “Live as if you are going to die tomorrow and learn as if you were to live forever.”- Gandhi

94. “I am not here to change the world. I am changing the world because I am here.”- Lisa Wilson

95. “I want to test my maximum and see how much I can do. And I want to change the world of swimming.”- Michael Phelps

96. “Changing the world is not easy, but its pursuit will change you profoundly.”- Leroy Hood

97. “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

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

99. “Quality is more important than quantity. And one home run is much better than two doubles.”-Steve Jobs

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

101. “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

102. “At Apple, we believe that people with passion can change the world.”- Angela Ahrendts

103. “If I can’t change the world, at least I want to change the way people look at it.”- Antoni Tapies

104. “If you only concentrate on what you don’t have, then you will never ever have enough.”- Oprah Winfrey

105. “It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate.”- Gloria Steinem

Final Thoughts

Changing the world can be a really tough job, but if you have the will, strength, and knowledge then you can definitely do it. You may fail over and over again, but if you have hope then you’ll eventually accomplish your goal.