Self development. Change. Improvement. You have the power to be whatever you want to be. From the day you are born until the day you die. Your destiny is always in the palm of your hands. It’s always one breath away, one thought away, but it is always, always, there. You always know who you really are and what you really want.

Self development starts from your mind. Your thoughts, your ideas, your opinions are what shape you and make you into what you are. This is your battleground. This is where you must focus if you want to change your life. If you want to see your dreams come true… and it all starts with a spark. In my journey this spark has always been quotes from great people in the past that went through all the hurdles of life, but came out victorious.

These are 50 of my favorite self development quotes that have helped me transform my life and I’m confident they will help you transform yours as well.

50 Inspiring Self Development Quotes:

  1. Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. – Lao Tzu
  2. What ever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. – Napoleon Hill
  3. What we think, we become. – Buddha
  4. Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don’t think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire. – Samuel Johnson
  5. If you want more, you have to require more from yourself. – Dr Phil
  6. When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor E Frankl
  7. Let him who would move the world first move himself. ― Socrates
  8. Part of abandoning the all-or-nothing mentality is allowing yourself room for setbacks. We are bound to have lapses on the road to health and wellness, but it is critical that we learn how to handle small failures positively so that we can minimize their long-term destructive effects. One setback is one setback—it is not the end of the world, nor is it the end of your journey toward a better you. – Jillian Michaels
  9. What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  10. 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
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  12. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. — Will Durant
  13. 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
  14. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always. – Oprah Winfrey
  15. He who has a why to live can bear almost any how – Fredrick Nietzsche 
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ― Mahatma Gandhi
  19. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go. ― Dr. Seuss
  20. Everything you can imagine is real. ― Pablo Picasso
  21. 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
  22. Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothings others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. – Don Miguel Ruiz
  23. Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. — Viktor Frankl
  24. Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow! – Og Mandino
  25. Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. – Thomas A. Edison
  26. In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess. – The Dalai Lama
  27. So many people will tell you ”no”, and you need to find something you believe in so hard that you just smile and tell them ”watch me”. Learn to take rejection as motivation to prove people wrong. Be unstoppable. Refuse to give up, no matter what. It’s the best skill you can ever learn. ― Charlotte Eriksson
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  29. When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. –  Helen Keller
  30. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston S. Churchill
  31. We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them. – Epictetus
  32. We all have something that we are meant to do. Your genius will shine through, and happiness will fill your life, the instant you discover your higher purpose you will then direct all your energies towards it. – Robin Sharma
  33. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ­– Muhammad Ali
  34. 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
  35. Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen. – Deep Roy
  36. 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
  37. If you want to lead an extraordinary life, find out what the ordinary do–and don’t do it. ― Tommy Newberry
  38. There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it – Edith Wharto
  39. 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
  40. If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate. – Thomas Watson
  41. The process of self-development can be described as the stripping away of layer after layer of all that is false. – The Daily Guru
  42. Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. – Eckhart Tolle
  43. As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking. – James Allen
  44. The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. – Eckhart Tolle
  45. What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  46. 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
  47. The mind is just like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand. ― Idowu Koyenikan
  48. 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
  49. Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – Francis of Assisi