50 Best Personal Growth Quotes for the New Year – Southern New Hampshire University

Looking for some inspiration to kick off the new year in 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. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling
  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. “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” – Paulo Coelho
  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. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
  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. “Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong.” – William Thackeray
  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. “There’s only one growth strategy: work hard.” – William Hague
  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. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
  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 the year 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 way in the new year, too.

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