Use These Quotes to Improve Yourself and Be the Better Version of You

20 Inspiring Self-Development Quotes to Help You Better Yourself


We all want to be the best version of ourselves to the point that we get burnt out if we can’t attain it. But truth is, being the best is impossible. What you can do is to do things that you think will help you better yourself.

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Take note that you don’t need to be in a rush to improve yourself. You’re not in a competition. Slow down and just take your time. You will eventually get there. Improving yourself does not just happen overnight. Self-development is a lifelong process.


To help you through your self-development process, here are twenty self-development quotes that will inspire you to become better.


“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”
—Lao Tzu


“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
—Napoleon Hill


“Let him who would move the world first move himself.”


“If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible.”
—T. Harv Eker


“For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.”
—Benjamin Franklin


“The whole life of the individual is nothing but the process of giving birth to himself; indeed, we should be fully born when we die—although it is the tragic fate of most individuals to die before they are born.”
—Erich Fromm


“The mind is just like a muscle—the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.”
—Idowu Koyenikan


“It is not as much about who you used to be, as it is about who you choose to be.”
—Sanhita Baruah


“What holds most people back isn’t the quality of their ideas, but their lack of faith in themselves. You have to live your life as if you are already where you want to be.”
—Russell Simmons


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


“The more we see ourselves as a vibrant, successful, inspiring person who boldly declares and manifests her vision, the more we become just that.”
—Kristi Bowman


“A person’s outlook on life colors their interpretation of specific events. Human beings’ behavioral and thinking patterns enable people to thrive or cause them to live in despondency and despair.”
―Kilroy J. Oldster


“If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life.”
—Abraham H Maslow


“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.”
—Oprah Winfrey


“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world— that is the myth of the atomic age—as in being able to remake ourselves.”
—Mahatma Gandhi


“If you are under the impression you have already perfected yourself, you will never rise to the heights you are no doubt capable of.”
—Kazuo Ishiguro


“One of the marks of excellent people is that they never compare themselves with others. They only compare themselves with themselves and with their past accomplishments and future potential.”
—Brian Tracy


“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


“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


“There is no failure, unless we fail to begin or we fail to continue.”
―Christopher Babson