147 Personal Growth Quotes

Personal growth is necessary if you want to stay away from mediocrity and from people who do not have any direction in life. It will serve as your guide in achieving your goals and building your future. We shouldn’t be investing in things that do not make us grow and learn but invest some time to ourselves instead. A great way to start thinking about who you want to become is through keeping any of these awesome personal growth quotes we’ve compiled for you.

Personal Growth Quotes

1. Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own. – Bruce Lee


2. Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. – Viktor Frankl


3. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw


4. The only journey is the journey within. – Rainer Maria Rilke


5. They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. –  Confucius


6. We must become the change we want to see. – Mahatma Gandhi


7. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. – Will Durant


8. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


9. What we think, we become. – Buddha


10. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. – Napoleon Hill


11. A good criterion for measuring success in life is the number of people you have made happy. – Robert J. Lumsden


12. A good heart is better than all the heads in the world. – Edward Bulwer-Lytton


13. A man who finds no satisfaction in himself will seek for it in vain elsewhere. – La Rochefoucauld


14. Ability may take you to the top, but it takes character to stay there. – William Blake


15. Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. – Bruce Lee


16. Be humble always and identify with the common man; even when success and achievements want to make you proud. – Bishop Leonard Umumna


17. 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


18. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Helen Keller


19. Everybody wants to be somebody, nobody wants to grow. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


20. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. – Reinhold H. Niebuhr


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21. I do not think there is any other quality so essential to the success of any kind as the quality of perseverance.  It overcomes almost everything, even nature. – John D. Rockefeller


22. I don’t have to be what nobody else wants me to be and I am not afraid to be what I want to be. – Muhammad Ali


23. I praise loudly; I blame softly. – Queen Catherine II


24. I studied the lives of great men and women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work. – Harry S. Truman


25. I will speak ill of no one and speak all the good I know of everybody. – Andrew Jackson


26. Insist on yourself. Never imitate. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


27. It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude. – Zig Ziglar


28. I’ve never seen a monument erected to a pessimist. – Paul Harvey


29. Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. – Bruce Lee


30. Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want. – Jim Rohn


31. Optimists are right.  So are pessimists. It’s up to you to choose which you will be. – Harvey Mackay


32. People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you’re fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly. – Elizabeth Gilbert


33. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi


34. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. – Jimmy Johnson


35. The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. – James Oppenheim


36. The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – William Arthur Ward


37. The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions. – Confucius


38. 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.


39. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. – Socrates


40. What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others. – Confucius


41. We first make our habits, and then our habits make us. – John Dryden


42. What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. – Confucius


43. What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become. – Bruce Lee


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


45. Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you. – Robin Sharma


46. Look in the mirror that’s your competition.


47. What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


48.  Income seldom exceeds personal development. – Jim Rohn


49. Be the change you want to see in the world. – Gandhi


50. Personal development – the never-ending chance to improve not only yourself but also attract opportunities and affect others. – Jim Rohn


51. Personal development is essential for a positive mindset, self-motivational, increasing self-belief and raising your standards.


52. You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. – Henry David Thoreau


53. Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. – Jim Rohn


54. Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end. – Robin Sharma


55. Personal development separates you from the crowd. – ATGW


56. If you want to get more, you must become more. – ATGW


57. Life gets better when we get better, life changes when we change. – ATGW


58. An investment in your personal development is the best investment you can make. – Jim Rohn


59. The best investment you can make is in yourself. – Warren Buffet


60. Without continuous personal development, you are now all that you will ever become. – Eli Cohen


61. You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight. If you want to reach your goals and fulfill your potential, become intentional about your personal growth. It will change your life. – Jim Rohn


62. We can’t become what we want to be by remaining what we are. – Max DePree


63. People don’t grow by accident, they grow by design. Design yourself. Design your future. Success never just happens.


64. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain


65. There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. – Nelson Mandela


66. Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends. – Author-Poet Aberjhani


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67. I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We’re made to grow. You either evolve or you disappear. – Tupac Shakur


68. It’s very hard to grow up in a perfect family when you’re not perfect. – E.L. James


69. We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. – Helen Keller


70. It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace of life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll. This is how God does things. – Donald Miller


71. A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul. – Jillian Michaels


72. Your inner strength is your outer foundation. – Allan Rufus


73. Before you find your soul mate, you must first discover your soul. – Charles F. Glassman


74. An awake heart is like a sky that pours light. – Hafiz


75. You don’t need to change the world; you need to change yourself. – Don Miguel Ruiz


76. I have not yet spoken my last word about women. I believe that if a woman succeeds in withdrawing from the mass, or rather raising herself from above the mass, she grows ceaselessly and more than a man. – Arthur Schopenhauer


77. Know who you are, and be it. Know what you want, and go out and get it. – Carroll Bryant


78. When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms. When creativity blossoms, thinking emanates. When thinking emanates, knowledge is fully lit. When knowledge is lit, economy flourishes. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


79. The type of person you are is usually reflected in your business. To improve your business, first, improve yourself. – Idowu Koyenikan


80. You must have a level of discontent to feel the urge to want to grow. – Idowu Koyenikan


81. Whenever I am in a difficult situation where there seems to be no way out, I think about all the times I have been in such situations and say to myself, “I did it before, so I can do it again. – Idowu Koyenikan


82. Success comes from the inside out. In order to change what is on the outside, you must first change what is on the inside. – Idowu Koyenikan


83. The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity. – Carlos Castaneda


84. But if you forgive someone for something they did to you, it doesn’t mean you agree with what they did or believe it was right. Forgiving that person means you have chosen not to dwell on the matter anymore; you have moved on with your life. – Idowu Koyenikan,


85. Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness. – Deborah Day


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86. We wait for God to bless us while God waits for us to accept the blessing. – Betsy Thompson


87. If you don’t go after what you want, you could spend your entire life settling for what you can get. – Mo Stegall


88. It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack. – Germany Kent


89. When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before. – Cliff Fadiman


90. Everywhere we shine death and life burn into something new. – Aberjhani


91. A winner knows how much he still has to learn, even when he is considered an expert by others; a loser wants to be considered an expert by others before he has learned enough to know how little he knows. – Sydney J. Harris


92. If you choke your potential before it has an opportunity to become a possibility you will never reach your destiny. – Mo Stegall


93. When you work on something that only has the capacity to make you 5 dollars, it does not matter how much harder you work – the most you will make is 5 dollars. – Idowu Koyenikan


94. 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


95. Recognizing that you are not where you want to be is a starting point to begin changing your life. – Deborah Day


96. Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said. – George Santayana


97. It may actually be more healthy to be disturbed, confused, or searching than confident, certain, and secure. – Mark Scandrette


98. If a tree’s strength is judged while it is still a seed, it is mistaken as weak. –  Idowu Koyenikan


99. Many times in life, we are held back from achieving our goals because we do not commit ourselves wholeheartedly. With an escape route in mind, we hold ourselves back from giving our all. – Idowu Koyenikan


100. The key to ultimate happiness and fulfillment lies within our own transformation. The more we learn and grow and evolve as individuals, the more we will find happiness and satisfaction in relationships, work and life. – Kristi Bowman


101. Knowledge planted in truth grows in truth. Strength born of peace loses nothing to hate. – Aberjhani


102. And it makes you think. Even things that have been the same for years and years can change. Maybe I can change. I can bring my own wall down, and let people in. – Rae Earl


103. But I was done trying to wake her up, to make her see. To save her. The only person I could save was myself. – Emme Rollins


104. Living is a process of developing oneself. Without experiencing pain from disconcerting periods of our lives, we would be a different person, perhaps a lesser person. – Kilroy J. Oldster


105. Self-transformation commences with a period of self-questioning. Questions lead to more questions, bewilderment leads to new discoveries, and growing personal awareness leads to transformation in how a person lives. Purposeful modification of the self only commences with revising our mind’s internal functions. Revamped internal functions eventually alter how we view our external environment. – Kilroy J. Oldster


106. The only limits in our life are those we impose on ourselves. – Bob Proctor


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107. For years I was deathly afraid of my own weaknesses, but when I closed my eyes and let myself be vulnerable to them it allowed miracles to take place. Miracles that were only alive when I accessed my blind faith. – Bethany Brookbank


108. See yourself living in abundance and you will attract it. It always works, it works every time with every person. – Bob Proctor


109. Money is only used for two things. One, it’s to make you comfortable, and the more comfortable you are the more creative you will become. And the other purpose is it enables you to extend the service you provide far beyond your own presence. – Bob Proctor


110. 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


111. Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. – Bernice Johnson Reagon


112. Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization. – Bo Bennett


113. Epic things start with small humble steps. Pay respect to your beginnings. And if you’re just starting out, know that it’s ok to be sucky. To be small. To be messy and chaotic. Just make sure to never stop dreaming.  – Vishen Lakhiani


114. Every moment of one’s existence, one is growing into more or retreating into less. – Norman Mailer


115. Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead. – Morihei Ueshiba


116. Change equals self-improvement. Push yourself to places you haven’t been before. – Pat Summitt


117. Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not. When I see a person beginning to separate themselves from the pack, it’s almost always due to personal growth. – John C. Maxwell


118. The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, “I was wrong”. – Sydney J. Harris


119. I’ve never heard anyone say “I wish I hadn’t forgiven”. – Katerina Stoykova Klemer


120. Sometimes in life, we take a leap of faith. Remember, the leap is not about getting from one side to the other. It’s simply about taking the leap and trusting the air, the universal breath will support your wings so that you may soar. – Kristi Bowman


121. Where your fear is, there is your task. – C.G. Jung


122. Convince yourself every day that you are worthy of a good life. Let go of stress, breathe. Stay positive, all is well. – Germany Kent


123. Thoughts frame your portrait, action paints it. – Charles F. Glassman


124. When you trust your inner guidance and begin moving in the direction of your dreams (aligned with your individual gifts) you will be cloaked in an armor bestowed upon you by your guardian angel. – Charles F. Glassman


125. Reconnect to what makes you happy and brings you Joy. If there is something that used to make you happy which you have stopped doing, do it again. Seek to find deeper meaning and significance rather than living on the surface. – Susan C. Young


126. Sometimes I attract roles that are necessary either for personal growth or enlightenment. – Vera Farmiga


127. Intelligent, successful, attractive people can be intimidating. They force us to hold a mirror to ourselves; we can be disappointed, jealous or inspired toward personal growth. – Ian K. Smith


128. I’ve been committed to personal growth since I was a teenager, and I’m a believer in the idea that your thought is the only thing that matters. – Alice Ripley


129. Apart from writing books, my 40s have been about pursuing personal growth. Whatever were the mistakes of my earlier life, I’ve been committed to a pause, a regroup. I don’t want to make the same mistakes in the future. – Monique Roffey


130. My character, Charlotte, is very confident, and I try to be more like my character in real life. Not that I’m not confident, but I’ve really found my personal growth through work. – Charlotte Flair


131. Lincoln had a tremendous capacity for personal growth – more than any other American President. – Henry Louis Gates


132. People whose minds are not strengthened for endurance are by no means always unintelligent. They simply have never stopped to think that the use of the mind for the purpose of growth is a necessary part of a God-pleasing lifestyle. – Gordon MacDonald


133. Whatever we think about and thank about, we bring about. – Wayne Dyer


134. The biggest temptation is to settle for too little. – Thomas Merton


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135. The difference between success and mediocrity is all in the way you think. – Dean Francis


136. The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. – Michelangelo


137. The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be. – Marcel Pagnol


138. The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


139. 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


140. Our greatest battles are that with our own minds. – Jameson Fran


141. Real difficulties can be overcome; It is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. – Theodore N.Vail


142. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. – Les Brown


143. Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. – Doug Larson


144. It is the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief.  And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. – Claude M. Bristol


145. It’s amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions. – Charles F. Kettering


146. No great improvements in a lot of mankind are possible until a great change takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of thought. – John Stuart Mil


147. No man is ever whipped until he quits — in his own mind. – Napoleon Hill

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