52 quotes to inspire your personal development

Quotes often help us to grasp deep truths and shift our perspectives. A good quote can provide the inspiration to develop new habits, the courage make an important decision or the encouragement to take you through a difficult situation. One of the smartest ways to jumpstart your personal development is to imbibe wisdom from a variety of sources and quotes provide a beautiful way to do that. I have researched and compiled 52 inspiring quotes – one for every week of the year – to fuel your personal development journey. Enjoy!

One of the most difficult things is not to change society, but to change yourself. – Nelson Mandela

Of all the things that can have an effect on your future, I believe personal growth is the greatest. We can talk about sales growth, profit growth, asset growth, but all of this probably will not happen without personal growth. – Jim Rohn

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

The great solution to all human problems is individual inner transformation. – Vernon Howard

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. – Aristotle

Be a student. Stay open and willing to learn from everyone and anyone. Being a student means you have room for new input. When you are green you grow, when you are ripe you rot. By staying green you will avoid the curse of being an expert. When you know in your heart that every single person you encounter in your lifetime has something to teach you, you are able to utilize their offerings in a profound way. – Dr Wayne W Dyer

I'm convinced that we can write and live our own scripts more than most people will acknowledge. I also know the price that must be paid. It's a real struggle to do it. It requires visualization and affirmation. It involves living a life of integrity, starting with making and keeping promises, until the whole human personality the senses, the thinking, the feeling, and the intuition are ultimately integrated and harmonized. – Stephen Covey

Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change. –@RichardBranson Click To Tweet

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

The more connected we are to our emotions and thoughts, the more prepared we are to experience growth and personal development. We are better equipped to identify our dreams, passions, and fears, and the things that need change. – Brett Blumenthal

Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow! – Og Mandino

If you want more, you have to require more from yourself. – Dr Phil

One of the most difficult things is not to change society, but to change yourself. – Mandela Click To Tweet

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 harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

What holds most people back isn’t the quality of their ideas, but their lack of faith in themselves. You have to live your life as if you are already where you want to be. – Russell Simmons

Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire. – Samuel Johnson

We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them. – Epictetus

Star performers start with a well-defined and concrete impossible goal they care deeply about and then they build a through-line that clearly connects here with there. – Robert K Cooper

You have to begin to tell the story of your life as you now want it to be and discontinue the tales of how it has been or of how it is. – Esther & Jerry Hicks

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

As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking. – James Allen

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. – Pablo Picasso

If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life. – Abraham Maslow

Don’t take anything personally. Nothings others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. – Don Miguel Ruiz

Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven't paid the price to decide what is really important to them. – Stephen Covey

Most people never feel secure because they are always worried that they will lose their job, lose the money they already have, lose their spouse, lose their health, and so on. The only true security in life comes from knowing that every single day you are improving yourself in some way, that you are increasing the caliber of who you are and that you are valuable to your company, your friends, and your family. – Anthony Robbins

The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. – John Ruskin

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor Frankl

If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development. – Brian Tracy

Income seldom exceeds personal development. – Jim Rohn

Never think you are done learning. Be all that you can be by learning more no matter what your age! – Catherine Pulsifer

The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. – Jacob Bronowski

Your personal development goals can lead you forward to a more rewarding life despite challenges, pitfalls or trials. You do have a choice and you do have the option. – Byron Pulsifer

Income seldom exceeds personal development. – @OfficialJimRohn Click To Tweet

To make our way, we must have firm resolve, persistence, tenacity. We must gear ourselves to work hard all the way. We can never let up. – Ralph Bunche

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can somehow become great. – Mark Twain

Stay focused on self-direction and personal growth and away from finger-pointing. – Nina Atwood

Self-development will help you better yourself, and it'll allow you to make way fewer mistakes, helping your business to grow and survive. – Monica Bell

Life goes by rapidly. Don't delay. Don't put it off. Don't wait until you have some spare time. Don't wait until the time's 'right'. – Ken Keyes

There is nothing wrong with making mistakes and not having all the answers, so long as we are willing to admit this and strive for personal betterment. Those who think they know it all have no way of finding out that they don't. – Leo Buscaglia

Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can. – Henry Drummond

If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. – Napoleon Hill

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. – Denis Waitley

I don't think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it. I think if you are determined enough and willing to pay the price, you can get it done. – Mike Ditka

The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Peter F. Drucker

Other people may be there to help us, teach us, guide us along our path, but the lesson to be learned is always ours. – Melody Beattie

Success is something you attract by the person you become. – Jim Rohn

'Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he'll never do all that he can.' Click To Tweet

No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change. – Barbara De Angelis

None will improve your lot if you yourself do not. – Bertolt Brecht

Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change. –Richard Branson

Transformation is not five minutes from now; it’s a present activity. In this moment you can make a different choice, and it’s these small choices and successes that build up over time to help cultivate a healthy self-image and self-esteem. –Jillian Michaels

Success is something you attract by the person you become. – @OfficialJimRohn Click To Tweet

There are things I can’t force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint. –Denis Diderot

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. – Gail Sheehy

Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery. –Rick Warren

It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always. – Oprah Winfrey

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