The 77 best quotes for personality development

Zitate Persönlichkeitsentwicklung Personal Development

You can’t teach a person anything, you can only help them discover it within themselves.

Galileo Galilei

I firmly believe that self-reflection is the most powerful force for personal development.

Knowledge and insights from books can provide valuable impulses to look at the world with different eyes. Occasionally, even a single quote can carry this insight and move worlds.

Quotes on personal development from national and international sources

To double your income, triple your investment in. “To double your income, triple your investment in self-development.

Robin Sharma, Canadian author

Failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston Churchill, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain

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

Maya Angelou, American writer

If you don’t grow, you shrink yourself.

Teresa of Ávila

The intention is good, but the fulfillment is difficult.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer

Every day is a new chance to do what you want.

Friedrich Schiller, German poet

With enough self-discipline, you can achieve almost anything.

Theodore Roosevelt,
26th President of the United States

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

Warren Edward Buffett, major American investor

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

Les Brown, American motivational speaker

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, American journalist

The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.

Benjamin Mays, American pastor

There is life before death.

Drafi Deutscher, German singer

If you want to get to the source, you have to swim against the current.

Chinese wisdom
He who stops being better stops being good.
Philip Rosenthal,

We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.

Rick Warren, American bestselling author

I can because I want what I need.

Immanuel Kant, German philosopher

It is never too late to be what you might.

George Eliot, English writer

Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.

Steve Maraboli, American

Nothing great was ever achieved without.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American

Learn from the mistakes of others — you can live long enough to make them all yourself.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet

‘ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.

Larry Bird, American
Basketball player
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.

If there is no struggle there is no progress. …Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

Frederick Douglass, American writer

The worst way you can choose is not to choose one.

Frederick II, King of Prussia

You can understand life backwards; you have to live it forwards.

Søren Kierkegaard, Danish

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.


Perfection is an ideal, and perfection itself is unattainable.

Pearl S. Buck, American

Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Chinese wisdom

The distance is nothing; it’s only the first step that is difficult. – Marquise du Deffand Have the courage to take the first step today!

Marie de Vichy Chamrond du Deffand, French sallonière

We cannot become what we need to be if we remain what we are.

Oprah Winfrey, American talk show host

Don’t go through life, grow through life.

Eric Butterworth

Do not strive to be successful, but to be of value.

Albert Einstein, German physicist

The pinnacle of happiness is when a person is ready to be who they are.

Erasmus of Rotterdam, Dutch

Tonight I decided I want to devote a portion of the time and effort needed to eventually earn the right to watch you get dressed in the morning.

Kevin Ngo, American author

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, American author

Only the thinking person experiences life, it passes by the thoughtless.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, German writer

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is pure perseverance.

Amelia Earhart, American airline pilot

A ship is always safe on the coast, but that’s not what it was built for.

Albert Einstein, German physicist

Do your best until you know better. As soon as you know better, do better.

Maya Angelou, American writer


There are two ways to spread light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Edith Wharton, American writer

Time does not transform us, it only unfolds us.

Max R. Frisch, Swiss writer

You have the chance today to shape your future tomorrow.

Ken Poirot, American author

Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is some truth or good in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, just let them roll off you.

Hillary Clinton, American politician

If you look into your own heart and find nothing wrong there, what do you have to worry about? What is there to fear?


In a year’s time, you’ll wish you’d started today.

Karen Lamb, American writer

If you say a, you don’t have to say b. He can also recognize that a was wrong.

Bertold Brecht, German poet

You can waste your life drawing boundaries. Or you can spend your life crossing them.

Shonda Rhimes
American screenwriter

Just don’t give up on doing what you really want to do. As long as you find love and inspiration, I don’t think anything can go wrong.

Ella Fitzgerald, American singer

Realizing that you are not where you want to be is the starting point for changing your life.

Deborah Day, Canadian
Film director

We need to use time as a tool, not as a couch.

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

Dissatisfaction is the first step to success.

Oskar Wilde, Irish writer

You are not only responsible for what you do, but also for what you don’t do.

Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein, German physicist

The slowest person who doesn’t lose sight of his goal still walks faster than the one who wanders around without a goal.

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, German poet

If you are sitting, then only sit; if you are standing, then only stand. Above all, don’t wobble.

Chinese proverb

Don’t push the river, it flows by itself.

Fritz Perls, American psychiatrist

Not just roses, the sky also has thorns.

Friedrich Schiller, German poet

Follow your deepest convictions and stay strong.

William Thackeray, British writer

It’s amazing what you can learn if you want to. Every habit can be changed.

Salman Rushdie, Indian-British writer

All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.

Michael J. Bobak, Artist

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

Steven Covey, American author

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.

Carld Bard, German theologian

It is more important to do something on a small scale than to talk about it on a large scale.

Willy Brandt, fourth Chancellor of the FRG

The path to your goal begins the day you take full responsibility for your life.

Dante Alighieri, Italian poet

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

Alan Kay, American computer scientist

he future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.

Victor Hugo, French writer

Everything you’ve ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear.

George Addair

Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American lawyer

If there be a faith that can move mountains, it is faith in one’s own power.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, German writer

The pain of yesterday is the strength of today.

Paul Coelho, Spanish writer

Anyone who rests on their laurels is wearing them in the wrong place.

Mao Zedong, Chinese politician

The greatest wisdom is of no use to you if you don’t live it.

Hans Kruppa, German poet

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