15 Famous Quotes About Self Improvement

Self Improvement Some of my favorite quotes about self improvement. Please feel free to share your favorite quotes in the comments section below.

  • The safest principle through life, instead of reforming others, is to set about perfecting yourself.
    -B. R. Haydon
  • Every man has in himself a continent of undiscovered character. Happy is he who acts as the Columbus to his own soul.
    -Sir J. Stephen
  • Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you.
    Never excuse yourself.
    -Henry Ward Beecher
  • Circumspection in calamity; mercy in greatness; good speeches in assemblies; fortitude in adversity: these are the self-attained perfections of great souls.
    -Hitopadesa
  • Live up to the best that is in you: Live noble lives, as you all may, in whatever condition you may find yourselves.
    -Henry W. Longfellow
  • Make it a point to do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
    -Mark Twain
  • Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
    -William James
  • You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
    -Abraham Lincoln
  • The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.
    -John Dewey
  • If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.
    -Tony Robbins
  • Our lives improve only when we take chances – and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
    -Walter Anderson
  • Those who seek a better life must first become a better person.
    -Jim Rohn
  • When life does not go our way or we inadvertently make a mistake, it is so easy to make excuses, place blame on others, or argue that circumstances were against us. But we only progress in life to the extent that we take responsibility for our actions and attitudes, and put forth the initiative necessary to create our own circumstances.
    -Stephen Covey
  • Everything in your life gets better when you get better, and nothing is ever going to get better until you get better.
    -Larry Winget
  • To achieve your dreams, you must embrace adversity and make failure a regular part of your life. If you’re not failing, you’re probably not really moving forward.
    -John Maxwell
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    3 Comments

    • Jack Foley says:

      Excellent info!

    • Loraine Branan says:

      Talk about weird, this was a must read post for me this morning. I have been hard at work looking for was to self improve, and sometimes a little motivation can go a long, long way. I have been deep into making changes in myself, Richard Quis has a workbook that I have found to be most helpful in my journey so far. Thinking Anew: Harnessing the Power of Belief. These quotes months ago wouldn’t have me motivated, but believing that they can be true makes a world of difference. Something to take a look at if nothing else, helpthinkinganew.com. Thanks for these great quotes, a much needed shot in the arm for me today!

    • Improve Confidence says:

      Great thoughts!!! I specially like John Dewey, John Maxwell and Abraham Lincoln’s thoughts. Which inspires me to improve confidence in myself.

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