50+ Best Personal Development Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Personal development covers activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. Inspirational personal development quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Personal Development Quotes

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

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

Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis. Zig Ziglar

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

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

If the people in your circle aren’t contributing to your growth, then you’re not in a circle… you’re in a cage. Kianu Starr

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He who has a why to live can bear almost any how Fredrick Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

We see men who have accumulated great fortunes, but we often recognize only their triumph, overlooking the temporary defeats which they had to surmount before arriving. Napoleon Hill

We all have internal struggles and personal challenges. Do not let anyone make you feel bad about yours. Izey Victoria Odiase

Life is never incomplete if it is an honorable one. At whatever point you leave life, if you leave it in the right way, it is whole. Seneca 

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

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

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

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

The greatest investment you’ll ever make is investing in you. Wesam Fawzi

We all have something that we are meant to do. Your genius will shine through, and happiness will fill your life, the instant you discover your higher purpose you will then direct all your energies towards it. Robin Sharma

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. Buddha

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. Albert Einstein

There is one single thread binding my way together…the way of the Master consists in doing one’s best…that is all. Confucius

The word courage comes from the same stem as the French word Coeur, meaning heart.” Thus just as one’s heart, by pumping blood to one’s arms, legs, and brain enables all the other physical organs to function, so courage makes possible all the psychological virtues. Without courage other values wither away into mere facsimiles of virtue. Rollo May

The top players in every field think differently when all the marbles are on the line. Great performers focus on what they are doing, and nothing else…They let it happen, let it go. They couldn’t care less about the results. John Eliot

There’s only one investment that will never go down — an investment in yourself. Frank Sonnenberg

Be the change you want to see in this world. Gandhi

An education is not so much about making a living as making a person. Tara Westover

Inspirational Personal Development Quotes

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

A man’s true delight is to do the things he was made for. Marcus Aurelius

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

It’s really not your business what others are doing. What matters is what you’re doing. Clyde Lee Dennis

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

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

Growth begins when we begin to accept our own weakness. Jean Vanier

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

We are either moving forward or moving backward. There is no such thing as standing still. Becky Williamson-Martin

Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self. B. R. Ambedkar

You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making. Stephen Richards

Personal development is a major time-saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals. Brian Tracy

In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess. The Dalai Lama

Your job is to be the best that you can possibly be. Brain Tracy

What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

So what is the difference between power thinking and positive thinking? The distinction is slight but profound. To me, people use positive thinking to pretend that everything is rosy, when they really believe that it’s not. With power thinking, we understand that everything is neutral, that nothing has meaning except for the meaning we give it, and that we are going to make up a story and give something it’s meaning. T. Harv Eker

Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor. Brian Tracy

The longest journey is the journey inward. Dag Hammarskjold

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. Anaïs Nin

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. Eckhart Tolle

The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development. Jim Rohn

But until a person can say deeply and honestly, I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday, that person cannot say, I choose otherwise. Stephen R. Covey

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 and Jerry Hicks

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. Paulo Coelho