55 Awesome Self Growth Quotes to Inspire Your Personal Development

I’ve always been deeply inspired by quotes and have several huge collections from over the years. I keep them everywhere… in my car, in my home, in my workspace, in my purse. So I want to share my all-time favorite self growth quotes with you for your own personal development.

But first we will discuss the meaning of self growth… also known as personal growth… and the importance of mindset. You will find as you read these 55 awesome quotes that your frame of mind plays a huge role in personal growth.

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What is Personal Growth and Self Growth?

These two terms refer to various mindsets, habits, and strategies you can implement to improve your thoughts, behaviors, actions, and reactions in an effort to become your highest, best self.

Successful personal growth requires motivation, the desire to improve, and the willingness to make changes.

It is a desire to be a better version of yourself everyday; a lifelong process to improve yourself through formal and informal practices.

One major component of personal/self growth is MINDSET. You’ve probably heard the buzz words fixed mindset and growth mindset. Before we move on to the 55 awesome self growth quotes, let’s briefly visit the concept of mindset because many of these quotes rely heavily on MINDSET.

A Fixed Mindset is limiting. It prevents you from taking chances, believing in yourself, having confidence, and putting forth effort to grow and improve your life.

A Growth Mindset is freedom. You have a desire to build your abilities, embrace challenges, persevere, and believe that you can grow and learn to improve your life.

People often ask, “What are some real life examples of fixed mindset vs growth mindset?”

Since MINDSET has such a tremendous impact on personal growth and development, I recently wrote an extensive article that addresses this question. Check out 101 Growth Mindset Phrases to Ponder for additional information about mindset. As I stated, mindset plays a critical role in self growth. Many of these quotes depend on your mindset.

Now let’s move on to some awesome self growth quotes to inspire you!

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Self Growth Quotes to Inspire You

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

Maya Angelou

“We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”

Oprah Winfrey

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

Denis Waitley

“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.”

Langston Hughes

“Don’t go through life, grow through life.”

Eric Butterworth

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

Maya Angelou

“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.”

Beyonce Knowles

“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

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“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

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

Stephen Covey
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“The swiftest way to triple your success is to double your investment in personal development.”

Robin Sharma

“The past has no power over the present moment.”

Eckhart Tolle

“Learn to work harder on yourself than on your job.”

Jim Rohn

“If you are moving forward in your life, If you are progressing personally, professionally emotionally, spiritually – you will be happy.”

Tony Robbins

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Albert Einstein

Inspiring Personal Growth Quotes To Live By

Be sure to set aside some dedicated time for personal growth each day to ensure you are learning and growing in a way that defines your existence and makes a difference in the world.

These 55 self growth quotes are a great beginning!

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Jim Rohn

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters to what lies within us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Albert Einstein

“Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”

Les Brown

“Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands.”

Roy T Bennet

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“Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but because you are.”

Roy T Bennett

“Where there is love there is life.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

Roy T Bennett

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”

Roy T Bennett

“Success will be within your reach only when you start reaching out for it.”

Stephen Richards

“Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people.”

Roy T Bennett

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”


“I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.”

Paulo Coelho

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”

Guillaume Apollinaire

“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder
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“You become mature when you become the authority of your own life.”

Joseph Campbell

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

George Eliot

“Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.”


“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

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

Helen Keller

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

Will Durant

“Our greatest journey in life is our journey within.”

Susan C Ballinger

“A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.”

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

“Ability may take you to the top, but it takes character to stay there.”

William Blake

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”

Bruce Lee
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Positive Personal Growth Quotes and Sayings

There is no time like the present to start working toward becoming your BEST SELF! Enjoy more self growth quotes to inspire you to develop the necessary habits to do so.

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“I will speak ill of no one and speak all the good I know of everybody.”

Andrew Jackson

“It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.”

Zig Ziglar

“Let this be the criteria by which you measure all things: Is this an act of love?”


“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”

Jimmy Johnson

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

William Arthur Ward
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“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

“What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.”

Bruce Lee

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.”

Bruce Lee

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength, but through persistence.”


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

Swami Sivandanda

What can you do with these quotes?

  • Hang them in the mirror in the bathroom, so you can see it first thing in the morning.
  • Consider writing them in your journal.
  • Set them as a reminder in your phone to help you stay inspired.
  • Recite and repeat them during your morning or nighttime routine.
  • Set a quote on self growth as your screen saver.
  • Keep them on Post-It notes stuck under your keyboard at work.
  • Hang them on your cabinet doors at home and work.
  • Write them on your white board.
  • Send them in texts to your girlfriends for inspiration.
  • Post them on social media as reminders.
  • Keep a small notebook in your purse with favorite quotes that inspire you.
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Final Thoughts: Self Growth Quotes

Before I close, I want to share that the process of self growth is referred to as many different terms. Don’t get caught up in the various words you might hear about personal growth, personal development, self growth, self reflection, self improvement, etc.

Although professionals may feel there are minor differences in these terms, for the purpose of YOU AND ME becoming the BEST we can be, these quotes about change and growth can be the personal inspirational quotes we need to start, or continue, on our journey.

Any inspirational quotes that help us grow into the best version of ourselves are beneficial regardless of what category they are placed in, correct? Love quotes, life quotes, development quotes, smile quotes, motivational quotes, self improvement quotes, mindset quotes… they can all inspire and support our journey, right?

Best wishes with your personal growth and development goals! I hope you’ve found these self growth quotes helpful!

If you would like to learn more about self growth and personal development, check out this article: Personal Growth: A Definite Guide To Self Growth on Thrive Global.

Love to ALL! ~ Susan

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