77 Best Personal Growth Quotes of All Time

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I love quotes.  In fact, I keep sticky notes with my favorite quotes plastered on my bathroom and bedroom mirrors, my computer, my fridge, and even in my car. 

Quotes are an integral tool I use in my own personal development efforts. Tapping into the wisdom of others helps me become the best version of me possible. 

Insightful and inspirational quotes help boost my confidence, inspire me to take action, improve my sense of self-worth, remind me to set boundaries, and help me be happier and more positive. I truly believe that if you change your thinking, you can change your life, and quotes help me develop better thinking habits.

The magic of coming across the right quote at the right time

I’m a big believer that the right quote viewed at the right time can offer the inspiration and motivation I need for my own personal growth journey.  And, if you’re a quote fan, too, I think you’ll find this list of 77 personal growth quotes I’ve gathered will deliver that much-needed inspiration (and perhaps the kick in the pants) that’ll help you, too.

These quotes span a range of ideas and philosophies, reflecting the complexity and diversity of personal growth.   I’ve done my best to mix things up; many of the quotes are from famous works or public figures, and others are more contemporary. A few are from obscure sources, yet ring so true I believe they belong on this list. 

Each quote encourages introspection, action, and a commitment to self-improvement and personal growth.

When traveling on your personal growth journey, remember that your path is unique.  So, not every quote I’ve included will apply to your personal growth plans. That’s why I included so many quotes here — so you can find the messages that resonate with you personally to motivate you along your path.  

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1. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

2. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray

3. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

4. Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

5. “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll

6. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

7. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

8. “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” – James Cash Penney

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

10. “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb

11. “Change is the end result of all true learning.” – Leo Buscaglia

"Change is the end result of all true learning." – Leo Buscaglia

12. “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow

13. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha

14. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

15. Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” – Chris Grosser

16. “Don’t go through life, grow through life.” – Eric Butterworth

17. “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.” – William James

18. “Personal development is the belief that you are worth the effort, time, and energy needed to develop yourself.” – Denis Waitley

19. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

20. “The best investment you can make is in yourself.” – Warren Buffett

21.  “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky.

22. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

23. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey

24. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

personal growth quote "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." – Eleanor Roosevelt

25. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

26. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

27. “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

28. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

29. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

30. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar

31. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay

32. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

33.  “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll

34. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Suzy Kassem

35. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

36.  The people you hang out with can be the difference between success and failure.” – Warren Buffett

37. “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn

38. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey

39. “It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” – Denis Waitley

40. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

self help quote "Action is the foundational key to all success." – Pablo Picasso

41. “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis

42. “The greatest project you’ll ever work on is you.” – Unknown

43. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

44. “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.” – Oprah Winfrey

45. “Personal growth is not a matter of learning new information but of unlearning old limits.” – Alan Cohen

46. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield

47. “The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.” – Les Brown

48. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

49. “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” – Stephen Covey

50. “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” – Mandy Hale

personal growth quote "Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong." – Mandy Hale

51. “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.” – Charles Kingsleigh (Alice in Wonderland)

52. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun

53. “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” – W. Clement Stone

54. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn

55. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

56. “What’s the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” – John Green

57. “Design your life to bring joy. What brings you joy is a signal of where you should go.” – Marie Kondo

58. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

59. “Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have, or do.” – Brian Tracy

personal growth quote - "Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have, or do." – Brian Tracy

60. “To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past.” – Charles J. Givens

61. “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

62. “Life isn’t about finding pieces of a puzzle. It’s about creating and putting those exceptional pieces together.” – Glen Van Dekken

63. “The path to success is to take massive, determined actions.” – Tony Robbins

64. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

65. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

66. The difference between what you are and what you want to be is what you do.” – Unknown

67. “Stop waiting for the right time. Time isn’t waiting for you.” – Kobi Yamada

68. “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore

69.  “If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress, and tension.  And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” – George Burns

70. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali

71. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Nelson Mandela

72. “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” -Ruth Bader Ginsburg

73.  “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” -Rosa Parks

74.  “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking

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

76. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

77. “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne

inspiring quote "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." – A.A. Milne

Personal growth is a personal journey

Personal growth is about embracing change and learning from every experience. It’s the journey of becoming the best version of yourself, discovering your passions, and unlocking your full potential. It’s about setting goals, facing fears, thinking intentionally, challenging self-limiting beliefs, living life on purpose and stepping out of your comfort zone to create a life you love.  

Why lean on quotes?

Simple. Sometimes, the right words at the right time can act like a key, unlocking new pathways in our minds and hearts. They remind us that we’re capable of so much more than we think.

These quotes are here to:

Think of this as a little pep talk from some of the greatest minds to help you clarify what’s most important for your personal development journey.

I hope you’ve enjoyed  this list of 77 inspirational and motivational personal growth quotes to to light up your way.


 *Note:  I’ve made every effort to ensure the quotes and sources cited on this post are accurate; however, it is possible that there could be some discrepancies. If you see any quotes that seem incorrect (or would like to suggest others to add to this list), just email me at janettenovak@believeandcreate.com with the subject line “personal growth quotes.”

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