The personal development quotes we have added to this page are intended to help you during the times when you may most need understanding, inspiration, support, advice and guidance.

“Whether you think you can
Or whether you think you can’t,
You’re right.”

Henry Ford

It is surprising how by just reading a few words we can find the comfort and motivation to inspire us on towards our goals; whatever they may be. A great personal development quote can lift our confidence if we are suffering from low self-esteem or in a depressed mood. A smile sometimes is all we need to pick us up and give us the self belief we need to carry on.

Simply reading a personal development saying or a quote about self improvement in which someone else has expressed either the sentiments you are feeling, the guidance you are seeking or the humour that you cannot ignore; can be as inspirational as a chat with a friend or a lengthy session with a personal development coach.

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Personal Development Quotes And Sayings

Here is a great example of how these personal development quotes can help. When we are angry our first instincts are often to lash out or feel resentment towards the other person. The result is that we end up further punishing ourselves. Instead what we should do is release our emotions in a healthy way. Read an appropriate quote or write something, go for a walk – even punch your frustrations out on a punch bag. Then when you are calm and the anger has gone, that is the time to resolve the matter in a positive manner.

Personal Development Quotes And Sayings About Anger

“Holding on to anger is like holding on to a burning coal with the intention of throwing it at someone else – you are the one who gets burnt.”
Buddha
“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I was angry with my friend, I told my wrath. My wrath did end. I was angry with my foe, I told it not. My wrath did grow.”
William Blake
“He who is seeking revenge, should dig two graves”
Chinese Proverb
Personal Development Quotes And Sayings About  Fear
“He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because of his fear.”
 Michael De Montaigne
“What does not kill me, makes me stronger.”
Mark Twain
“One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that you will double the danger. But, if you meet it promptly and without flinching you reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything!”
Winston Churchill
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”
Mark Twain
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
Winston Churchill
Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Susan Jeffers

Personal Development Quotes And Sayings About Overcoming Challenges

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Never, never, never, never give up.”
Winston Churchill
“There are no such things as mistakes, only learning opportunities.”
Anon

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
Alexander Graham Bell

“Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.”
Confucius

 

Personal Development Quotes And Sayings About  Attitude

“The Mind is like a parachute; it works much better when it’s open!”
Thomas Dewar
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Albert Einstein
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Abraham Lincoln
TELL me and I’ll forget, SHOW me and I’ll remember, when I DO it then I’ll learn.”
Confucius
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
“If we do not change direction, we are liable to end up where we are headed.”
Confucius
“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Abraham Lincoln
“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”
Mahatma Ghandi
“Whatever you can do or dream, begin it.”
Mark Twain
“Enthusiasm and persistence can make an average person superior. Indifference and lethargy can make a superior person average.”
William Ward
“Imagination is more important than knowledge…”
Albert Einstein
“Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”
Robert Schuller
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall…..always…”
Mahatma Ghandi
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.”
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”
Abraham Lincoln
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Lao-tzu
“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”
Mark Twain
“Truth is what stands the test of experience.”
Albert Einstein
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”
Confucius

Personal Development Quotes And Sayings About Success & Failure

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Winston Churchill
“Only while sleeping one makes no mistakes. The fear of making mistakes is the root of bureaucracy and the enemy of evolution.”
Ingvar Kamprad, Head of Ikea 1976
“Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you derive from what you do. If you are in a job you hate, face the fact squarely and get out.”
Michael Korda
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.”
Confucius
“Enthusiasm and persistence can make an average person superior. Indifference and lethargy can make a superior person average.”
William Ward
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
Thomas Edison
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
Albert Einstein
“Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.”
Tim Ferriss
If we’re always looking in the rear view mirror it’s hard to keep our eyes on the road ahead.
Author Unknown
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”
Winston Churchill
“Never let what you cannot do stop you from doing what you CAN do!”
Stephen Pierce
“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
Thomas Jefferson
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude!”
Maya Angelou
“The only difference between the big shot and the little shot, is that the big shot was simply the little shot that kept on shooting.”
Zig Ziglar
“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
Henry Ford
“The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.”
Lloyd Jones
“I think we worry about failure too much. I don’t think that failure very often can hurt anybody. It’s fear of failure that will absolutely destroy you.”
Jack Lemmon
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.”
Napoleon Hill
“No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.”
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
“Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”
Albert Einstein
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”
Abraham Lincoln
“Being successful is not always about having money; it is about having the freedom to choose how to live your life, doing what you love to do.”
Jim Rohn
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
Abraham Lincoln
“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”
Confucius
“It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.”
Winston Churchill

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
Thomas A. Edison

“Things that are done, it is needless to speak about…things that are past, it is needless to blame.”
Confucius
“It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”
Winston Churchill

 

Personal Development Quotes And Sayings About Self Belief / Friendship

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”
 Muhammad Ali
“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”
Henry Ford
“A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.”
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill
“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
Bob Marley
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
“Adversity does teach who your real friends are.”
Lois McMaster Bujold
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
  Elbert Hubbard
“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”
Henry Ford
“Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.”
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
“For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use being anything else.”
Winston Churchill

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
Lao Tzu

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”
Mark Twain
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.”
Confucius
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
“Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”
Albert Einstein
“Happiness is inward and not outward; and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.”
Henry Van Dyke
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
personal development quotes by Confucius
“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”
Confucius
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.”
Benjamin Disraeli
“”Character is higher than intellect… A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.”
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
“Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality.”
Les Brown
“The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.”
Dale Carnegie

We hope that you find these personal development quotes comforting, inspirational, humourous and informative. If you have a favourite quote, inspiring quotes by famous people, know any personal development quotes or self improvement quotes that you think we should add, please tell us on the comment form below and we will be happy to include them.