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Best Personal Growth Quotes

personal growth quotesSome of the greatest minds to ever walk the earth have spoken on the subject of personal development. Their personal growth quotes might inspire you in ways you never thought possible. Read the following quotes from influential men and women. If one of them speaks to you personally, try writing it down and putting it somewhere in your home or office where you will see it every day, so that it might serve as a source of inspiration on your journey of self-development.

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

Nelson Mandela

“We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world”

Helen Keller

“We do not get to choose how we start out in life. We do not get to choose the day we are born or the family we are born into, what we are named at birth, what country we are born in, and we do not get to choose our ancestry. All these things are predetermined by a higher power. By the time you are old enough to start making decisions for yourself, a lot of things in your life are already in place. It’s important, therefore, that you focus on the future, the only thing that you can change.”

Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

“An authentic and genuine life grows like a sturdy tree. And like a tree, it grows slowly. Every time you make a different and better decision, it grows a little. Every time you choose to do the right thing, even when nobody would find out otherwise, it grows a little. Every time you act with compassion, relinquish your right to strike back, take a courageous stand, admit fault or accept responsibility, it grows a little.”

Steve Goodier

“The purpose of that apple tree is to grow a little new wood each year. That is what I plan to do.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“I tired of the routine of eight years in one afternoon.”

Charlotte Bronte

“For the future, I shall rely only upon those elements of my character which I have tested. Who would ever have said that I should find pleasure in shedding tears?”

Stendhal, The Red and the Black

“Over the years, my family and I have communicated and miscommunicated. But sometimes we found the best answer was simple sho ga nai, just letting something go. Ultimately, I’m grateful to for the struggles and the setbacks we shared together, as they have made us into who we are today. Without those times of turmoil and change, the ups and downs, we would not be able to learn and grow or enrich our lives. The struggles will become your story, And that’s the beauty of kintsugi. Your cracks can become the most beautiful part of you.”

Candice Kumai, Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit

“I’ll have to become a good person on my own, without anyone to serve as a model or advise me, but it’ll make me stronger in the end.”

Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

“Inaction is followed by stagnation. Stagnation is followed by pestilence and pestilence is followed by death.”

Frederick Douglass

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

 Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” 

 Dr. Seuss

“I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance.  It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” 

 John D. Rockefeller

“The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges.” 

 Martin Luther King Jr.

“Always bear in mind that our own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” 

 Abraham Lincoln

“Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great.”

 Mark Twain

“We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.” 

Jean-Paul Sartre

“Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.” 

 Miguel de Cervantes

“Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving his goals. Nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude.” 

 Thomas Jefferson

“Personal development is the conscious choice to improve one’s life to become a better person and to grow as an individual.”


“Be the change you want to see in the world.”


“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.”

Eckhart Tolle

“Life is a university and you never graduate. Accept that whatever happens to you, no matter how terrible, is there to teach you. Your job is to learn and do what you have to.”

Srikumar Rao

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

Jane Goodall

“The word courage comes from the same stem as the French word Coeur, meaning “heart.” Thus just as one’s heart, by pumping blood to one’s arms, legs, and brain enables all the other physical organs to function, so courage makes possible all the psychological virtues. Without courage other values wither away into mere facsimiles of virtue.” 

Rollo May

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” 

Fredrick Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

“Look for small victories and build on that. Each small victory, even if it is just getting up five minutes earlier, gives you confidence. You realize that these little victories make you feel great, and you keep going. You realize that being paralyzed by fear of failure is worse than failure.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger

“The trick is to listen to your instinct, grab the opportunity when it presents itself and then give it your all. You will stumble and fall, you will experience both disaster and triumph, sometimes in the same day, but it’s really important to remember that like a hangover, neither triumphs nor disasters last forever. They both pass and a new day arrives. Just try to make that new day count.” 

Helen Mirren

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