— Marina Abramović Yugoslav-American artist 1946
— Norman Vincent Peale American writer 1898 - 1993
As quoted in Back on Track : How to Straighten Out Your Life When It Throws You a Curve (1997) by Deborah Norville, p. 201
Variant: Change your thoughts and you change your world.
— Šantidéva 8th-century Indian Buddhist monk and scholar 685 - 763
„Literature is indispensable to the world. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way a person looks at reality, then you can change it.“
— James Baldwin (1924-1987) writer from the United States 1924 - 1987
„Try not to change the world. You will fail. Try to love the world. Lo, the world is changed. Changed forever.“
— Sri Chinmoy Indian writer and guru 1931 - 2007
Meditations: Food For The Soul (1970)
„Just remember who you are… The world will try to change you into someone else. Don't let them. That's the best advice anyone can give you.“
— Cinda Williams Chima Novelist 1952
Variant: The world will try to change you into someone else. Don't let them. That's the best advice anyone can give you.
Source: The Warrior Heir
— Jessica Mitford British writer and activist 1917 - 1996
— Marian Wright Edelman American children's rights activist 1939
— Anthony de Mello Indian writer 1931 - 1987
"The Death of Me", p. 151
Source: Awareness: Conversations with the Masters
Context: Don't ask the world to change — you change first. Then you'll get a good enough look at the world so that you'll be able to change whatever you think ought to be changed. Take the obstruction out of your own eye. If you don't you have lost the right to change anyone or anything. Till you are aware of yourself, you have no right to interfere with anyone else or with the world.
— Joseph Campbell American mythologist, writer and lecturer 1904 - 1987
— Tom Clancy American author 1947 - 2013
As quoted in Writers (1995) Published by A. Deutsch
Context: Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Your life may change, but your dream doesn't have to. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Your spouse and children need not get in its way, because the dream is within you. No one can take your dream away.
— Tom Schulman American film director, screenwriter 1950
Variant: No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world
Source: Dead Poets Society
— Patricia Reilly Giff American children's writer 1935
Source: Water Street (2006), Prologue, p. 3; spoken by an unknown woman