73 Personal Growth Quotes

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Everyone has moments where it seems growth is an elusive ideal. They take a step forward only to take two steps back. Or so it seems.

What can a collection of growth quotes do for you what hustling and setting goals hasn’t?

Well, for one, they can remind you of why you bother to set goals and work to accomplish them.

They can remind you of the person you want to be and the legacy you want to leave behind.

Allow these carefully-chosen quotes about change and growth to lift you up and lead you forward.

73 Personal Growth Quotes For Life Transformation

1. “If you are under the impression you have already perfected yourself, you will never rise to the heights you are no doubt capable of.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro

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

3. “The real voyage of discovery consists of not seeking new landscapes but having new eyes.” ― Marcel Proust

4. “Let him who would move the world first move himself.” ― Socrates 

5. “The great solution to all human problems is individual inner transformation.” — Vernon Howard

6. “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

7. “Growth comes in all sorts of forms and shapes, everywhere at all times, and it’s yours to take and consume. Do what ought to be done. Here and now, to get you somewhere – anywhere.” ― Charlotte Eriksson

8. “Facing the fear of rejection and humiliation is critical for self-growth and no one is ever happy or content until they venture outside themselves to learn what dwells in other people’s hearts.” ― Kilroy J. Oldste

9. “We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” ― Oprah Winfrey

10. “Always make an effort to be around people who will help you grow.” ― Joyce Rachelle 

11. “The purpose of that apple tree is to grow a little new wood each year. That is what I plan to do.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

12. “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ― Aristotle

13. “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

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

15. “Resilient people aren't afraid to admit they have weaknesses. Whether an effective leader acknowledges problems within an organization, or an individual recognizes areas in need of personal growth, resilient people use failure as an opportunity to spot their weaknesses.” ― Amy Morin

16. “Personal growth is not a matter of learning new information, but unlearning old limits.” ― Alan Cohen 

17. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Viktor Frankl

18. “An authentic and genuine life grows like a sturdy tree. And like a tree, it grows slowly. Every time you make a different and better decision, it grows a little. Every time you choose to do the right thing, even when nobody would find out otherwise, it grows a little. Every time you act with compassion, relinquish your right to strike back, take a courageous stand, admit fault or accept responsibility, it grows a little.” ― Steve Goodier 

19. “Doing something we do not find difficult or challenging rarely grows us.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana 

20. “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

21. “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” — Ronald Osborn

22. “The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace an organic, long-term learning process, and not to live in a shell of static, safe mediocrity. Usually, growth comes at the expense of previous comfort or safety.” ― Josh Waitzkin

23. “What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.” ― Seneca

24. “To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one’s own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.” ― Plato

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

26. “Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.” — Herbert Otto

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

28. “Consciousness is a mystery that faces the mystery of potential and transforms it into actuality. We do that with every choice we make. Our choices determine the destiny of the world. By making a choice, you alter the structure of reality.” ― Jordan B. Peterson 

29. “For my own personal growth, I had to set out on my own.” ― Frank Press

30. “Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better.” — Bruce Lee

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

32. “Intelligent, successful, attractive people can be intimidating. They force us to hold a mirror to ourselves; we can be disappointed, jealous or inspired toward personal growth.” ― Ian K. Smith

33. “I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.” — George Bernard Shaw

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

35. “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance. The wise grows it under his feet.” ― James Oppenheim

36. “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 

37. “We won't grow and learn doing what we've always done, and thinking what we've always thought. We need to move beyond our comfort zones. We need to engage with new and different if we want to expand ourselves.” ― Akiroq Brost 

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

39. “If you’re not changing forwards, you’re changing backwards because we are always changing.” ― Richie Norton 

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

41. “To know one’s self requires a fierce and courageous willingness to explore the many layers of one’s inner landscape.” ― Pamela McLean

42. “Success happens when you change not when others change.” ― Nicky Verd 

43. “Reflection goes hand-in-hand with assessment and leads to long-lasting growth and change (in combination with action, of course).” ― Melissa Steginus

44. “I am the creator of my very own self and I intend to treat me like my greatest masterpiece.” ― Charlotte Eriksson

45. “It is not as much about who you used to be, as it is about who you choose to be.” ― Sanhita Baruah 

46. “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you do not belong.” ― N. R. Narayana Murthy

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

48. “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 

49. “You should not change yourself, but create yourself, that means building around your strengths and removing bad habits.” ― Peter F. Drucker

50. “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” — Gail Sheehy

51. “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight. If you want to reach your goals and fulfill your potential, become intentional about your personal growth. It will change your life.” — Jim Rohn

52. “Recognizing that you have a bias and blind spots is essential to personal growth.” ― Mikaela Kiner

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

54. “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

55. “A master lives in the world of transformation, not the world of loss and gain.” — Dr. John Demartini

56. “Don't ever stop believing in your own transformation. It is still happening even on days you may not realize it or feel like it.” ― Lalah Delia 

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

58. “You can judge yourself all you want, but it won’t change a thing.⁣ Judging yourself is not changing yourself.” ― Richie Norton 

59. “If you want to thrive, you need to sow the seeds of self-development.” ― Brian Buffini 

60. “Every time we push personal development aside, we invite personal struggle into our lives.” ― Hal Elrod

61. “The journey is never ending. There's always gonna be growth, improvement, adversity; you just gotta take it all in and do what's right, continue to grow, continue to live in the moment.” ― Antonio Brown

62. “People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you’re fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

63. “In this world you’re either growing or you’re dying, so get in motion and grow.” ― Lou Holtz

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

65. “To truly grow, you have to be ready to leave the version of you behind that you once celebrated growing into.” ― Mischaela Elkins 

66. “If you are willing to be a self-learner, you will develop yourself.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

67. “Self-transformation commences with a period of self-questioning. Questions lead to more questions, bewilderment leads to new discoveries, and growing personal awareness leads to transformation in how a person lives. Purposeful modification of the self only commences with revising our mind’s internal functions. Revamped internal functions eventually alter how we view our external environment.” ― Kilroy J. Oldster

68. “If we are to truly evolve and grow, it’s not enough to read about concepts. We must also incorporate them into our lives. Unless they are applied, and unless their worth is verified and validated through personal experience, their influence will be minimal. To really be effective, learning also has to be experiential.” ― Joseph Deitch

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

70. “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

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

72. “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

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


Which of these quotes about growth stood out for you today?

Did you find something by a favorite author that made you feel closer to them — more like they understood what you’re going through right now?

Whichever quotes resonated the most, why not copy them to use as journal prompts?

You could also design postcards with your favorites and send them to inspire and encourage those you care about.

Whatever you do, let them remind you you’re not alone in the struggle that goes with personal growth.

May these quotes refresh you today and remind you of your progress. And may your renewed energy and compassion influence everything you do.

We've curated an inspiring list of personal growth quotes so you can personally develop yourself for peak performance.