In the previous article, we’ve seen how everything is temporary, and why it’s usually a good thing. Today I’d like to share a collection of quotes that will remind you of just that. Hopefully these quotes will inspire you to embrace the fact that everything changes, as well as to live in the here and now, and be more present.


Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.

— Stephen Chbosky

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

— Steve Jobs

Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.

— Gilda Radner

Time is the least thing we have of.

— Ernest Hemingway

No story has a beginning, and no story has an end. Beginnings and endings may be conceived to serve a purpose, to serve a momentary and transient intent, but they are, in their fundamental nature, arbitrary, and exist solely as a convenient construct in the minds of man.

— Caitlín Kiernan

Every exit is an entrance to somewhere else.

— Tom Stoppard

Nothing endures but change.

— Heraclitus

Having totality means being capable of following “what is”, because “what is” is constantly moving and constantly changing. If one is anchored to a particular view, one will not be able to follow the swift movement of “what is”.

— Bruce Lee

A sunrise is God’s way of saying: “let’s start again”.

— Todd Stocker

Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

One day you’re 17 and you’re planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life.

— John Green

Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.

— Robert Orben

The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.

— Okakura Kazuko

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.

— Earl Nightingale

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

— Helen Keller

Time is like a handful of sand: the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers.

— Henry David Thoreau

The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.

— Anna Quindlen

All good things must come to an end.

— Geoffrey Chaucer

Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.

— Frida Kahlo

The strangeness of time. Not in its passing, which can seem infinite, like a tunnel whose end you can’t see, whose beginning you’ve forgotten, but in the sudden realization that something finite has passed, and is irretrievable.

— Joyce Carol Oates

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning.

— Louis L’Amour

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

— C. S. Lewis

Change is inevitable. Change is constant.

— Benjamin Disraeli

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Do not resist them — that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

— Lao Tzu

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.

— Albert Einstein

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.

— Gail Sheehy

Starting today, you need to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains, and look forward to what’s coming next.

— Unknown

Nothing is constant but change. All existence is a perpetual flux of being and becoming. That is the broad lesson of the evolution of the world.

— Ernst Haeckel

Celebrate endings, for they precede new beginnings.

— Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

— Richard Bach

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

By becoming deeply aware of our mortality, we intensify our experience of every aspect of life.

— Robert Greene

Anything you get attached to will one day be gone.

— Eric Lange

Old ways won’t open new doors.

— Unknown

An inch of time is an inch of gold, but you can’t buy that inch of time with an inch of gold.

— Chinese proverb

The only thing a person can ever really do is keep moving forward. Take that big leap forward without hesitation, without once looking back. Simply forget the past and forge toward the future.

— Alyson Noël

Life is about change. Sometimes it’s painful; sometimes it’s beautiful. But most of the time it’s both.

— Kristin Kreuk

I give you this to take with you: nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.

— Judith Minty

If there are no endings, there are no beginnings, and you see no new lands. So for everything that’s lost, there is usually something gained.

— Merle Shain

We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.

— Chuck Palahniuk

Life is the principle of self-renewal, it is constantly renewing and remaking and changing and transfiguring itself.

— Boris Pasternak

Everything changes; nothing perishes.

— Ovid

Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished. The person you are right now is as transient, as fleeting, and as temporary as all the people you’ve ever been. The one constant in our lives is change.

— Daniel Gilbert

For everything in life there is always a beginning and an end.

— Seve Ballesteros

Our life is a constant journey, from birth to death. The landscape changes, people change, our needs change, but the train keeps moving. Life is the train, not the station.

— Paulo Coelho

Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new.

— Paracelsus

All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.

— Mitch Albom

There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.

— Zayn Malik

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.

— John Dewey

Why let go of yesterday? Because yesterday has already let go of you.

— Steve Maraboli

In life nothing is permanent. Joy, sorrow, pain, pleasure — everything is in a constant state of change. Thankfully.

— Danielle Cormack

Every moment is a fresh beginning.

— T. S. Eliot

It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it, and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.

— George Harrison

With endless time, nothing is special.

— Mitch Albom

If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.

— Paulo Coelho