127 Best Self Improvement Quotes on Personal Growth and Progress

Self-improvement is a path of personal development and advancement.

Setting goals, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, and being the best version of yourself are all part of it.


However, staying motivated on your life journey might be difficult at times. That’s where self-help quotes come in!

We have handpicked some of the most powerful self improvement quotes to help you remain focused and accomplish your goals.

Top 10 Self Improvement Quotes


Exhaust your worries and they will soon leave you. ~ Stephen Richards.


The best investment you can make is in yourself. ~ Warren Buffet.


Success doesn’t come to you; you go to it. ~ T. Scott McLeod.


Commitment is the foundation of great accomplishments. ~ Heidi Reeder.


There’s only one growth strategy: work hard. ~ William Hague.


Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. ~ Warren Buffett.


The time is now. Stop hitting the snooze button on your life. ~ Mel Robbins.


Do your best, and be a little better than you are. ~ Gordon B. Hinckley.


With self-discipline most anything is possible. ~ Theodore Roosevelt.


Change is your friend not your foe; change is a brilliant opportunity to grow. ~ Simon T. Bailey.

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Famous Self Improvement Quotes

People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. ~ Rob Siltanen.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. ~ Will Durant.


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

Each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity. ~ Marie Curie.


Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong. ~ William Thackeray.

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~ George Bernard Shaw.


Everything is within your power, and your power is within you. ~ Janice Trachtman.

The key to happiness is really progress and growth and constantly working on yourself and developing something. ~ Lewis Howes.


It is never too late to be who you might have been. ~ George Eliot.

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

Belief in yourself is the first secret to success. ~ Unknown *

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind. ~ Buddha.


When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. ~ Paulo Coelho.

Repeat anything often enough and it will start to become you. ~ Tom Hopkins.

Inspiring Self Improvement Quotes

We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are. ~ Oprah Winfrey.

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.


It is not as much about who you used to be, as it is about who you choose to be. ~ Sanhita Baruah.

Never allow your mind to wander untamed like a wild animal that exists on the basis of survival of the fittest. Tame your mind with consistent focus on your goals and desires. ~ Stephen Richards.

The dreaming has to be backed up by the doing. ~ Carrie Wilkerson.


The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. ~ Carl R. Rogers.

Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive. ~ Matt Cameron.

Self improvement is the name of the game, and your primary objective is to strengthen yourself, not to destroy an opponent. ~ Maxwell Maltz.

Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work. ~ Michael Jordan.


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

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.

Positive Self Improvement Quotes

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.


Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, What else could this mean? ~ Shannon L. Alder.

If you can see yourself as an artist, and you can see that your life is your own creation, then why not create the most beautiful story for yourself? ~ Miguel Ruiz.

Who is a true seeker grows, learns and discovers that he is the only one responsible for what happens. ~ Jorge Bucay.

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. ~ Amelia Earhart.


If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. ~ Maya Angelou.

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

You do not fail in life, you only produce results, and you have the right to learn and grow from any results that you produce. ~ Wayne Dyer.


The swiftest way to triple your success is to double your investment in personal development. ~ Robin Sharma.

Motivational Self Improvement Quotes

When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open. ~ Dejan Stojanovic.

Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda.

The mind is just like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand. ~ Idowu Koyenikan.


You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. ~ James Allen.

There is only one corner of the universe that you can be sure of improving and it is yourself. ~ Aldous Huxley.

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.

The health of your brain is much more about your actions than your age. ~ Dr. Daniel Amen.

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.

I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all the time, somehow things will work out in the end. ~ Larry Bird.


All we are not stares back at what we are. ~ W.H. Auden.

If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse. ~ Ryan Blair.

Inspirational Self Improvement Quotes

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. ~ Albert Einstein.

You’re either green and growing or you’re ripe and rotting. ~ John Addison.


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

Often it’s not we who shape words, but the words we use that shape us. ~ Nina George.

Absorb What Is Useful, Discard What Is Not, Add What Is Uniquely Your Own. ~ Bruce Lee.

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.

You’ve got to have rules to live by, and one of mine is always say yes. Put yourself in danger of something amazing happening to you. ~ Tom Bilyeu.


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

You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness. ~ Diane von Furstenberg.

Best Self Improvement Quotes

Change equals self-improvement. Push yourself to places you haven’t been before. ~ Pat Summitt.

We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness. ~ Maxwell Maltz.


I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right. ~ Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. ~ A.A. Milne.

When you are at that intersection in the road and you’ve got two paths to go down, because of the impact of certain people in your life, you’re able to choose the right path. ~ Jason Witten.


Look within, for within is the wellspring of virtue, which will not cease flowing, if you cease not from digging. ~ Marcus Aurelius.

Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you. ~ Unknown *

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.


Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. ~ Confucius.

Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives. ~ Louise Hay.

Improvement starts within you and is dependent on your own efforts. So, make the effort. ~ Remez Sasson.

We must become the change we want to see. ~ Mahatma Gandhi.


The safest principle through life, instead of reforming others, is to set about perfecting yourself. ~ B. R. Haydon.

He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior. ~ Confucius.

When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points. ~ Confucius.


Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement. ~ Anthony J D Angelo.

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

Any idea, plan or purpose can be put into my mind through repetition in thought. ~ Napoleon Hill.

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. ~ Albert Einstein.


Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still. ~ Chinese Proverb.

Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to the person from yesterday. ~ Unknown *

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

If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin. ~ Ivan Turgenev.

Great Self Improvement Quotes


A barrier is a limitation only when you perceive it as one. ~ Stephen Richards.

Leap off the fence of indecision. Get out of the ‘Want to Lane’ and put yourself into the ‘Got to Lane.’ ~ Gloria Mayfield Banks.

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. ~ William Faulkner.

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for. ~ Socrates.

No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself. ~ Madonna.


The power of imagination makes us infinite. ~ John Muir.

The difference between being mediocre and achieving excellence is you. ~ Stephen Richards.

Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end. ~ Robin Sharma.

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.

Thought-Provoking Self Improvement Quotes

How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable? ~ Seth Godin.


Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul. ~ Wayne Dyer.

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves. ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. ~ Babe Ruth.


Without commitment, you cannot have depth in anything. ~ Neil Strauss.

Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends. ~ Brian Tracy.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. ~ Frederick Douglass.

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~ Jim Rohn.


Don’t go through life, grow through life. ~ Eric Butterworth.

Unforgettable Self Improvement Quotes

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. ~ Jim Rohn.

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. ~ Anne Lamott.

Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. ~ Paulo Coelho.

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~ Thomas Edison.


If you believe, you can achieve the set goal. ~ Lailah Gifty Akita.

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves. ~ Alan Watts.

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Don’t devalue yourself, you are the world’s most precious stone. ~ Michael Bassey Johnson.


Be the change you want to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been. ~ T.D. Jakes.

So these were the 127 top quotes about Self Improvement.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on Reality quotes and Good Vibes quotes.

References and Sources:

  1. 50 Best Personal Growth Quotes for Your Next Chapter
  2. Self Improvement Quotes – Goodreads
  3. Self Improvement Quotes and Personal Growth Quotations
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