Growth Quotes to Fuel Your Personal Development Journey

Personal growth can be challenging and uncomfortable.

Yet, it’s in these moments of challenge that we truly evolve.

To inspire you on this journey, we’ve curated a list of growth quotes from thought leaders and luminaries across history.

Growth Quotes

Growth Quotes That Inspire

“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

“When things do not go your way, remember that every challenge – every adversity – contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth.” Roy T. Bennett

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” Napoleon Hill

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu

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

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” Andy Rooney

“Lack of emotion causes lack of progress and lack of motivation.” Tony Robbins

Quotes About Growth In Life

“Nothing happens unless something is moved.” Albert Einstein

“What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” William Arthur Ward

“Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.” Billy Cox

“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 harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” Chinese Proverb

“Life is a university and you never graduate. Accept that whatever happens to you, no matter how terrible, is there to teach you. Your job is to learn and do what you have to”. Srikumar Rao

“Remove the factors limiting growth.” Peter Senge

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor Frankl

“Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.” Oprah Winfrey

“You have to begin to tell the story of your life as you now want it to be and discontinue the tales of how it has been or of how it is.” Esther & Jerry Hicks

Inspirational Quotes About Growth

“A man’s true delight is to do the things he was made for.” Marcus Aurelius

“Always realize that you can get better. Your best work has not been done yet.” Les Brown

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin

“You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.” Stephen Richards

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

“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” John Maxwell

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together”. James Cash Penney

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” Gail Sheehy

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” John F. Kennedy

“The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered with darkness, and struggle to reach the light.” Sandra Kring

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” John Maxwell

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” Calvin Coolidge

“Life does not always give you what you want but if you look closely you will see that it gives you what you need for your growth.” Leon Brown

“Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change.” Richard Branson

“People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with effort. They outperform those with a fixed mindset, even when they have a lower IQ, because they embrace challenges, treating them as opportunities to learn something new.” Travis Bradberry

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” Sigmund Freud

“The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.” Bill Clinton

“You cannot grow unless you are willing to change. And you will not change unless you change something you do every day.” John Maxwell

Quotes About Growth & Challenges

“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” – Mandy Hale

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Molière

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change.” – Paulo Coelho

“Every challenge you face today makes you stronger tomorrow.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Adversity is the diamond dust nature polishes its jewels with.” – Robert Leighton

“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” – Oprah Winfrey

“The key to growth is acknowledging your fear of the unknown and jumping in anyway.” – Jen Sincero

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” – Bernice Johnson Reagon

“The bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity for growth.” – Unknown

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” – James Cash Penney

“The very essence of growth is a capacity to make deliberately sounder decisions.” – John F. Mee

Quotes About Growth & Change

“Change is inevitable. Growth is intentional.” – Glenda Cloud

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

“All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” – Ellen Glasgow

“Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.” – Pearl S. Buck

“We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” – Max Depree

“Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.” – George Shinn

“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” – Confucius

“Growth and comfort do not coexist.” – Ginny Rometty

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

“For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill

“Growth is the process of responding positively to change.” – Paul Harvey

“Embrace change. It’s the only true path to growth.” – Unknown

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Quotes About Growth & Self-Reflection

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” – Socrates

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” – Confucius

“Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness.” – Jean Vanier

“What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Self-reflection is a humbling process. It’s essential to find out why you think, say, and do certain things – then better yourself.” – Sonya Teclai

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung

“We do not grow by knowing all of the answers, but rather by living with the questions.” – Max De Pree

“The true journey of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” – Thomas Paine

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