Working On Yourself Quotes & Sayings

If you want to work on yourself or improve something in your life then this collection of quotes can certainly help inspire you and provide some great ideas.

Working on yourself doesn’t have to be a big thing. It can be small, incremental changes that lead to self-growth and improvement.

It can be something as simple as starting a meditation practice, reading more, replacing a bad habit, or starting a new fitness regime.

We can even start working on ourselves by being grateful for what we have right now, doing a social media detox, improving our self-talk, making sure we get enough sleep, exercising daily and practicing random acts of kindness.

No matter where you currently are in your self-discovery journey, the following quotes can provide inspiration and empower you.


Working On Yourself Quotes


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Will Durant


“Growth is actually contagious, so if you want to reach your goals, you’ve got to get around people who are going in the same direction you want to be going, and you will catch the success.” Dr. Henry Cloud


“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” Aldous Huxley


“Be yourself, but always your better self.” Karl G. Maeser



“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Reinhold Niebuhr



“All things are difficult before they are easy.” Thomas Fuller


“Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” Stephen Covey


“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been.” T.D. Jakes


“Despite the natural belittling of oneself, the doubts, the insecurities, we have to wake up to the realisation that we all write our own autobiography, we are the authors of our life story. Realising that, write a good story with your life and make sure to write yourself as the protagonist. Be the hero of your journey.” Yossi Ghinsberg


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


“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” Golda Meir


“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” William Shakespeare


“Without self-knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.” George Gurdjieff


“You’re either green and growing or you’re ripe and rotting.” John Addison


“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama


“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.” Ernest Hemingway


“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.” Aristotle


“Comparison is an act of violence against the self.” Iyanla Vanzant


“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi


“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” Carl Jung


Quotes About Self Work


“Choose to focus your time, energy and conversation around people who inspire you, support you and help you to grow you into your happiest, strongest, wisest self.” Karen Salmansohn


“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” Andy Warhol


“We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.” Thich Nhat Hanh


“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything… whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.” Tina Turner


“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou


“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” A. C. Benson


“We all have a dark side. Most of us go through life avoiding direct confrontation with that aspect of ourselves, which I call the shadow self. There’s a reason why. It carries a great deal of energy.” Lorraine Toussaint


“People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.” Thomas Szasz


“Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” Sun Tzu


“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Jim Ryun


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