Self Improvement Quotes

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What we think, we become. Buddha

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. Ernest Hemingway

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

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The only journey is the journey within. Rainer Maria Rilke

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw

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

A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you. C.S. Lewis

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

Make the most of yourself for that is all there is of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. Albert Einstein

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

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. William Faulkner

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

No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself. Madonna

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

Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, What else could this mean? Shannon L. Alder

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

What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements. Anais Nin

A master lives in the world of transformation, not the world of loss and gain. Dr. John Demartini

If you try anything, if you try to lose weight, or to improve yourself, or to love, or to make the world a better place, you have already achieved something wonderful, before you even begin. Forget failure. If things don’t work out the way you want, hold your head up high and be proud. And try again. And again. And again! Sarah Dessen

Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still. Chinese Proverb

Formal education will make you a living; self education will make you a fortune. Jim Rohn

Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life. Herbert Otto

When you see a good person, think of becoming like her him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points. Confucius

Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous. Abd El Kader

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The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. Carl R. Rogers

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Dale Carnegie

I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right. Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness. Publilius Syrus

One of the best times for figuring out who you are & what you really want out of life? Right after a break up. Mandy Hale

Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back. Babe Ruth

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. Aldous Huxley

Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems. Rene Descartes

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. Ernest Hemingway

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. Doug Firebaugh

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. Jim Rohn

If you aren’t making any mistakes, it’s a sure sign you’re playing it too safe. John Maxwell

Let us cultivate our garden. Voltaire

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate. Thomas Watson, Sr.

She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! Alas! She must confess to herself that she was not wise yet. Jane Austen

It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final. Roger Babson

The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ would take the slums out of people, and then they would take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature. Ezra Taft Benson

I’ve always tried to go one step past wherever people expected me to end up. Beverly Sills

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

Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets. Michael Korda

The mind is just like a muscle the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand. Idowu Koyenikan

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T. S. Eliot

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

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. African Proverb

A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition. James Allen

Success is a journey, not a destination. Ben Sweetland

Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so. Dale Carnegie

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger but jump in and scramble through as well as we can. Robert Cushing

How noble and good everyone could be if, every evening before falling asleep, they were to recall to their minds the events of the whole day and consider exactly what has been good and bad. Then without realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day. Anne Frank

The highest reward for one’s toil is not what one gets for it, but what one becomes by it. John Ruskin

Do your best, and be a little better than you are. Gordon B. Hinckley

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed. Lloyd Jones

All we are not stares back at what we are. W.H. Auden

The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is. Marcel Proust

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

Those at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there. Marcus Washling

The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Marcus Aurelius

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first. Shakespeare

Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor. Alexis Carrel

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell

A lot of things are inherent in life change, birth, death, aging, illness, accidents, calamities, and losses of all kinds but these events don’t have to be the cause of ongoing suffering. Yes, these events cause grief and sadness, but grief and sadness pass, like everything else, and are replaced with other experiences. The ego, however, clings to negative thoughts and feelings and, as a result, magnifies, intensifies, and sustains those emotions while the ego overlooks the subtle feelings of joy, gratitude, excitement, adventure, love, and peace that come from Essence. If we dwelt on these positive states as much as we generally dwell on our negative thoughts and painful emotions, our lives would be transformed. Gina Lake

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. Ronald Osborn

He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior. Confucius

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success; we often discover what will do by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never makes a mistake never made a discovery. Samuel Smiles

I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, Where’s the self help section? She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose. Steven Wright

We only become what we are by the radical and deep seated refusal of that which others have made of us. Jean Paul Sartre

You willed yourself to where you are today, so will yourself out of it. Stephen Richards

What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? Robert Schuller

Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work. Michael Jordan

Make a success of living by seeing the goal and aiming for it unswervingly. Cecil B. De Mille

You only grow when you are alone. Paul Newman

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. Jim Ryun

What is it that inspires you? What do you love to do? What would you do for free? At the beginning of my busi-ness career, my why was to become a millionaire, not a good why! And why not? Because that is an aspiration rather than a why. Aspirations, I have found, won’t fuel me when the going gets tough. But a true why will. Richard Polak

For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self sacrifice. No paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service. John Burroughs

If the great internet connects us all then why are so many of us becoming increasingly isolated? Stephen Richards

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson

She would be a new person, she vowed. They said no matter how far a mule travels it can never come back a horse, but she would show them all. Junot Díaz

One must have strategies to execute dreams. Azim Premji

I promise you that the same stuff galaxies are made of, you are. The same energy that swings planets around stars makes electrons dance in your heart. It is in you, outside you, you are it. It is beautiful. Trust in this. And you your life will be grand. Kamal Ravikant

The path to success is to take massive, determined action. Anthony Robbins

Never surrender your hopes and dreams to the fateful limitations others have placed on their own lives. The vision of your true destiny does not reside within the blinkered outlook of the naysayers and the doom prophets. Judge not by their words, but accept advice based on the evidence of actual results. Do not be surprised should you find a complete absence of anything mystical or miraculous in the manifested reality of those who are so eager to advise you. Friends and family who suffer the lack of abundance, joy, love, fulfillment and prosperity in their own lives really have no business imposing their self limiting beliefs on your reality experience. Anthon St. Maarten

Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do. Menander

The barrier during self improvement is not so much that we hate learning, rather we hate being taught. To learn entails that the knowledge was achieved on one’s own accord it feels great but to be taught often leaves a feeling of inferiority. Thus it takes a bit of determination and a lot of humility in order for one to fully develop. Criss Jami

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle

There will be times in your life that you will be challenged to choose between honor and something else. I am asking that you not sacrifice your honor for the sake of acquiring easy things. Idowu Koyenikan

Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world. Miguel de Cervantes

Depression weighs you down like a rock in a river. You don’t stand a chance. You can fight and pray and hope you have the strength to swim, but sometimes, you have to let yourself sink. Because you’ll never know true happiness until someone or something pulls you back out of that river and you’ll never believe it until you realize it was you, yourself who saved you. Alysha Speer

No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see. Taoist proverb

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Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction. Germany Kent

Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic. Jean Sibelius

Be patient. Your skin took a while to deteriorate. Give it some time to reflect a calmer inner state. As one of my friends states on his Facebook profile The true Losers in Life, are not those who Try and Fail, but those who Fail to Try. Jess C. Scott

The easiest person to deceive is one’s own self. Edward Bulwer Lytton

We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day. Richard G. Scott

The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself. Thales

Never allow your mind to wander untamed like a wild animal that exists on the basis of survival of the fittest. Tame your mind with consistent focus on your goals and desires. Stephen Richards

Success often comes to those who dare to act. It seldom goes to the timid who are ever afraid of the consequences. Jawaharlal Nehru

Grateful souls focus on the happiness and abundance present in their lives and this in turn attracts more abundance and joy towards them. Stephen Richards

Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desire to reach their potential. John Maxwell

Try giving up all the thoughts that make you feel bad, or even just some of them, and see how doing that changes your life. You don’t need negative thoughts. All they have ever given you was a false self that suffers. They are all lies. Gina Lake

Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity. Reed Markham

You will act like the sort of person you conceive yourself to be. Maxwell Maltz

Success is not measured by what a man accomplished, but by the opposition he has encountered and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. Charles Lindbergh

Meditation is a way to be narcissistic without hurting anyone. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Success is not so much what we have, as it is what we are. Jim Rohn

It is not until you change your identity to match your life blueprint that you will understand why everything in the past never worked. Shannon L. Alder

Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. Swami Sivananda

If you argue and rankle and contradict, you may achieve a victory sometimes; but it will be an empty victory because you will never get your opponent’s good will. Dale Carnegie

Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted. David Bly

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

Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. Jim Rohn

It is not as much about who you used to be, as it is about who you choose to be. Sanhita Baruah

The secret of success is consistency of purpose. Benjamin Disraeli

Focus on what you are and what you can rather than what others aren’t can’t. You have to win; they don’t necessarily have to lose for you! Alok Mishra

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

Manifesting is a lot like making a cake. The things needed are supplied by you, the mixing is done by your mind and the baking is done in the oven of the universe. Stephen Richards

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. Albert Einstein

Often it’s not we who shape words, but the words we use that shape us. Nina George

Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow. Carrie Fisher

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

One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again. Abraham Maslow

Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. Lucille Ball

The swiftest way to triple your success is to double your investment in personal development. Robin Sharma

The never ending task of self improvement. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t go through life, grow through life. Eric Butterworth

The love of money is the root of all evil, therefore selfishness must be the seed. M.D. Birmingham

We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are. Oprah Winfrey

I love to walk. Walking is a spiritual journey and a reflection of living. Each of us must determine which path to take and how far to walk; we must find our own way, what is right for one may not be for another. There is no single right way to deal with late stage cancer, to live life or approach death, or to walk an old mission trail. Edie Littlefield Sundby

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

We must become what we wish to teach. Nathaniel Branden

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. Amelia Earhart

Self awareness is like an onion. There are multiple layers to it, and the more you peel them back, the more likely you’re going to start crying at an inappropriate time. Mark Manson

People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. Rob Siltanen

Even when it seems that there is no one else, always remember there’s one person who never ceased to love you yourself. Sanhita Baruah

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass

In the midst of this despondency, I’m not responsible for my feelings. I can’t talk myself out of irritability and apathy. But I am accountable for my behavior, for cracks in my facade. Larry Godwin

I would like to think that all of my successes in life are really just the fruit of my failures. Yvie Oddly

Once you admit to yourself that you are or aren’t something, then you can begin searching for the reason why, Deuce went on. And once you’ve found that, you can begin to take steps toward making it better. So, tell yourself you’re an asshole, stop being an asshole, your problem’s solved, Deuce said in a pleased voice. Abigail Roux

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. Maya Angelou

No matter whether you believe in luck or chance, the final decision is from yourself. Stephen Richards

I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all the time, somehow things will work out in the end. Larry Bird

If you can see yourself as an artist, and you can see that your life is your own creation, then why not create the most beautiful story for yourself? Don Miguel Ruiz

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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

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world that is the myth of the atomic age as in being able to remake ourselves. Mahatma Gandhi

There are two ways of spreading light to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton

Resolution number one Obviously will lose twenty pounds. Number two Always put last night’s panties in the laundry basket. Equally important, will find sensible boyfriend to go out with and not continue to form romantic attachments to any of the following alcoholics, workaholics, commitment phobic’s, peeping toms, megalomaniacs, emotional fuckwits or perverts. And especially will not fantasize about a particular person who embodies all these things. Helen Fielding

By doing the work to love ourselves more, I believe we will love each other better. Laverne Cox

I believe that the greatest truths of the universe don’t lie outside, in the study of the stars and the planets. They lie deep within us, in the magnificence of our heart, mind, and soul. Until we understand what is within, we can’t understand what is without. Anita Moorjani

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. Henry Ward Beecher

The things I carry are my thoughts. That’s it. They are the only weight. My thoughts determine whether I am free and light or burdened. Kamal Ravikant

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. Ella Fitzgerald

Everything is practice. Pele

Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you. Hillary Clinton

There’s nothing wrong with self improvement, as long as you recognize that at some point you’re going to have to accept yourself in all your imperfect glory. What’s wrong with liking yourself the way you are? Jessica Zafra

You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them. Shonda Rhimes

Is your animosity towards a person warranted, or is it a reflection of your own insecurities? Trenice Carter

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

The first place where self esteem begins its journey is within us. Stephen Richards

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

Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves. Swami Vivekananda

Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t. Steve Maraboli

Forgiving yourself, believing in yourself and choosing to love yourself are the best gifts one could receive. Brittany Burgunder

Be patient with yourself. You are growing stronger every day. The weight of the world will become lighter and you will begin to shine brighter. Don’t give up. Robert Tew

Permit yourself to change your mind when something is no longer working for you. Nedra Glover Tawwab

It is not enough if you just live life as it comes to you like a floating leaf in a pond. Make use of the powers bestowed in you and soar like an eagle. Stephen Richards

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. Harriet Beecher Stowe