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Self Development Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Self Development

Please enjoy these Self Development Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Invest three percent of your income in yourself (self-development)
in order to guarantee your future.
- Brian Tracy

The years between 1800 and 1825 were distinguished,
so far as our domestic development was concerned,
by the growth of the Western pioneer Democracy in power and self-consciousness.
- Herbert Croly

The highest form of development is to govern one's self.
- Zerelda G. Wallace

If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life,
you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development.
- Brian Tracy

 

The development of the meaning attaching to the personal self,
the conscious being, is the subject matter of the history of psychology.
- James M. Baldwin

Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

For the state by its nature claims sovereignty,
the right to an unlimited development of power,
determined only by self-interest.
It is by nature anarchistic.
- Christian Lous Lange

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I emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence,
and dignity, not as an ideal, but as a real test of community organization.
Without leadership development, community organizations
do not have staying power.
- Paul Wellstone

Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean,
man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives.
Man's life is independent.
He is born not for the development of the society alone,
but for the development of his self.
- B. R. Ambedkar

All along we find that social life -
religion,
politics, art - reflects the stages reached in the
development of the knowledge of self;
it shows the social uses made of this knowledge.
- James M. Baldwin

The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately
to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person.
I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature.
Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency.
- Quentin Crisp

Forgiveness is an act of self-love and respect.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I sail the seas of life as the MASTER of my ship.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Listen to the compass of your heart.
All you need lies within you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You are a magnificent gift to the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
- Joseph Campbell

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect,
and the absence of ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.
- Lao Tzu

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No amount of self-improvement can make up
for a lack of self-acceptance.
- Anonymous

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Weariness comes, on some days, from lack of service to self.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Goes the song, "we change, we change."
But the music is still mine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The importance of history is in it's
educational value for our lives today,
not in regret, resentment, or revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your visions will become clear only
when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.
- Carl Jung

Freedom is from within.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

A man who doesn't trust himself
can never really trust anyone else.
- Cardinal De Retz

With realization of one's own potential and
self-confidence in one's ability,
one can build a better world.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

If you fear making anyone mad,
then you ultimately probe for
the lowest common denominator of human achievement.
- Jimmy Carter

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me
was when one asked me what I thought,
and attended to my answer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Real excellence and humility are
not incompatible one with the other,
on the contrary they are twin sisters.
- Jean Baptiste Lacordaire

One important key to success is self-confidence.
An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
- Arthur Ashe

We all go through life bristling
at our external limitations,
but the most difficult chains
to break are inside us.
- Bradley Whitford

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Free-Will is the key to the prison of the mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No one is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self,
can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Everyone thinks of changing the world,
but no one thinks of changing himself.
- Leo Tolstoy

Be that self which one truly is.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I'm not a genius.
I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
- Mark Twain

Other people do not have to change
for us to experience peace of mind.
- Gerald Jampolsky

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine.
But you have to forgive yourself.
Let go of what's bitter and move on.
- Bill Cosby

Make your "yes" mean yes,
and your "no" mean no.
- John Wooden

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?
- Henry David Thoreau

No one is in control of your happiness but you;
therefore, you have the power to change anything
about yourself or your life that you want to change.
- Barbara De Angelis

Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

We must be our own before we can be another's.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Grin your smile; giggle your laugh; unfurl your joy;
dash the last trace of your self-consciousness;
and cavort your most uninhibited play.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


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