73 Self-Made Quotes to Inspire You For Success in Life

“Self-Made” refers to those who have achieved success largely by their own efforts, frequently from modest origins or after overcoming considerable challenges.

They shape their own fate by exhibiting drive, endurance and independence.

If you want to retake control of your life, circumstances and choices, the following collection of self-made quotes can help.

They personify self-reliance, resilience and personal empowerment.

Explore this collection of powerful self-made quotes, meant to strengthen your commitment and ignite your path to self-determined achievement.

Self-Made Quotes


Man is emphatically self-made. ~ John Henry Newman.


I want to be self-made and leave a mark. ~ Ronnie Radke.


You can learn from everybody. ~ Sam Walton.


A self-made man may prefer a self-made name. ~ Learned Hand.


Winners are not born; they are self-made. ~ Pat Summitt.


I’m a self-made man. Who else would help? ~ Oscar Levant.


I never took a day off in my 20’s. Not One. ~ Bill Gates.


High expectations are the key to everything. ~ Sam Walton.

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Inspiring Self-Made Quotes

I got my start by giving myself a start. ~ Madam CJ Walker.

I am who I am, your approval is not needed. ~ Unknown.

My life didn’t please me, so I created my life. ~ Coco Chanel.

You have two choices: Work for a boss or become one. ~ Unknown.

Action is the foundational key to all success. ~ Pablo Picasso.

I’m a Self-made Woman in Every Sense of the Word. ~ Laverne Cox.

The self-made man is often proud of a poor job. ~ Ethel Mumford.

I’m a self-made woman. I’ve never compromised myself. ~ Nia Long.

Worlds self made are so full of monsters and demons. ~ Anais Nin.

Leaders are not born or made – they are self-made. ~ Stephen Covey.

To know the meaning of self-made you have to succeed. ~ Manoj Giri.

Inspiring Quotes from Self-Made Millionaires

Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion. ~ Tony Hsieh.

Leaders are not born or made – they are self-made. ~ Stephen Covey.

We’re all self-made, but only successful people admit it. ~ Dan Pena.

At the end of the day, I’m the biggest boss. I’m self-made. ~ Unknown.

After all, it’s what we’ve done that makes us what we are. ~ Jim Croce.

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. ~ Henry Ford.

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~ Walt Disney.

Everyone is a self-made man. Only the successful admit it. ~ Will Rogers.

Inside every self-made man is a poor kid who followed his dreams. ~ Unknown.

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. ~ Henry Ford.

If you want to fly with the eagles, don’t swim with the ducks! ~ T. Harv Eker.

Famous Quotes about Self-Made

He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody. ~ Joseph Heller.

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. ~ John D. Rockefeller.

The experience of giving birth itself made me feel more womanly. ~ Vera Farmiga.

I have worked for everything. I am self-made and proud of it. ~ Shenaz Treasury.

We are all self-made, but only the successful will admit it. ~ Earl Nightingale.

I’m always afraid of failing. It’s great motivation to work harder. ~ Mark Cuban.

There is no competition when you’re focused on your own self and goals. ~ Unknown.

Let the blacksmith wear the chains he has himself made. ~ Decimius Magnus Ausonius.

Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men. ~ E. B. White.

Your legacy is being written by yourself. Make the right decisions. ~ Gary Vaynerchuk.

My main goal is to be a self-made man and have control over what’s mine. ~ Kevin Hart.

A genius is always a teacher, never a pupil; he is always self-made. ~ Ludwig von Mises.

Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther. ~ J.P. Morgan.

Best Self-Made Quotes to Live By

A self-made man is one who believes in luck and sends his son to Oxford. ~ Christina Stead.

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. ~ J. K. Rowling.

Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. ~ Coco Chanel.

We are all self-made men and women, but only the successful take credit for it. ~ Darren Hardy.

Some men are self-made, but most are the revised work of a wife and children. ~ Joyce Brothers.

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~ Henry Ford.

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over. ~ Richard Branson.

If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die. ~ Warren Buffett.

If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it. ~ Elon Musk.

Motivational Self-Made Quotes

I would much rather work 16 hours a day for myself, than 8 hours a day working for someone else. ~ Unknown.

Become a millionaire not for the million dollars, but for what it will make of you to achieve it. ~ Jim Rohn.

Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. ~ Unknown.

I’m not a self-made man. I cannot forget those who have sacrificed for me to get where I am today. ~ Jessie Hill.

Clearly, we are self-made. We are the first technology. We are part inventor and part the invented. ~ Kevin Kelly.

I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying. ~ Jeff Bezos.

I am one powerful self made up of so many selves that sometimes I throw myself a get-acquainted party. ~ Eric Maisel.

There’s no one more obnoxious and self-righteous than the self-made man. And no one more admirable. ~ Joe R. Lansdale.

Powerful Self-Made Quotes

We have the kind of self-made-man myth, which says that super-successful people did it themselves. ~ Malcolm Gladwell.

Start with the end in mind. If you want to be a millionaire, talk like one, act like one, work like one. ~ Bob Proctor.

Being self-made means never making an excuse as to why you can’t take steps toward whatever your goal is. ~ Nipsey Hussle.

People who imagine themselves to be self-made seldom enjoy examining the process of manufacture in detail. ~ Richard Russo.

Does not every true man feel that he is himself made higher by doing reverence to what is really above him? ~ Thomas Carlyle.

Making mistakes is the privilege of the active – of those who can correct their mistakes and put them right. ~ Ingvar Kamprad.

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work. ~ Oprah Winfrey.

Long-term success is never achieved on our own. The phrase ‘a self-made man’ is a myth all along the way we need support. ~ Isadore Sharp.

All my life people have said that I wasn’t going to make it… You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win. ~ Ted Turner.

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents. ~ Andrew Carnegie.

I’m self-made. I always wanted to make myself a better person, because I was not educated. But that was my dream – to have class. ~ Tina Turner.

I do not think much of the good luck theory of self-made men. It is worth but little attention and has no practical value. ~ Frederick Douglass.

If I hadn’t had the talent, the networks wouldn’t have televised my fights. No one has made me; I made myself. I have paid my dues ~ Sugar Ray Leonard.

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