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50 Best Personal Growth Quotes for Your Next Chapter

A pen resting on a paper of handwritten personal growth quotes overlaid with the text “It is never too late to be who you might have been.” - George Eliot

Looking for some inspiration to kick off your next chapter a positive way? Regardless of your goals, these words – from some of the most notable authors, scientists, philosophers, politicians, business professionals and athletes – are sure to resonate.

Bookmark these 50 best personal growth quotes to draw upon in the months ahead:

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

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

3. “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

4. “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

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

6. “Don’t go through life, grow through life.” - Eric Butterworth

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

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

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

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

11. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” - Frederick Douglass

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

13. “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” - Maya Angelou

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

15. “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

16. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” - Edith Wharton

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

18. “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

19. “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

20. “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

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

22. “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 sour.” - Kristi Bowman

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

24. “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

25. “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

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

27. “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

28. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” - Babe Ruth

29. “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” - Thomas Jefferson

30. “Pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence.” - Frida Kahlo

31. “Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” - Chinese Proverb

32. “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” - Diane von Furstenberg

33. “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

34. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” - Carl Bard

35. “It is never too late to be who you might have been.” - George Eliot

36. “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” - Malala Yousafzai

37. “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experiences that reveals the human spirit.” - e.e. cummings

38. “'First things first' might be a cliche, but it's a useful one that means prioritizing what matters most to you and believing there is no wrong answer.” - Stacey Abrams

39. “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential…these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” - Confucius

40. “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” - Rick Warren

41. “If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.” - Kevin Ngo

42. “The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” - Benjamin Mays

43. “When we’re growing up there are all sorts of people telling us what to do when really what we need is space to work out who to be.” - Elliot Page

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

45. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill

46. “The power of imagination makes us infinite.” - John Muir

47. “When someone tells me ‘no,’ it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” - Karen E. Quinones Miller

48. “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” - Les Brown

49. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” - Warren Buffett

50. “With self-discipline most anything is possible.” - Theodore Roosevelt

Roosevelt’s words may well be the key to your success in your journey ahead. Whether you’re pursuing a new dream, working hard toward ongoing goals or making a plan to transform your life in some way, self-discipline will be a major component in seeing it through.

If you find any of these quotes particularly inspirational for your personal growth consider printing them out and posting them in the places you view often throughout the day. Sometimes a simple quote can impact your day in the most positive of ways.

Know someone who needs a bit of motivation? Share these quotes and help them on their personal growth journey.

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Rebecca LeBoeuf ’18 is a writer at Southern New Hampshire University. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

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