280 Growth Quotes That Inspire Us to Be Better

If you are feeling stagnant or unsatisfied about your current situation, this list of the best growth quotes will certainly make you strive for improvement and excellence.

Whether in career, relationships, or personal goals, we sometimes feel like we are stuck. Our perceived outlook that life is difficult and risky makes us stay in our comfort zones.

But living a life of true happiness and fulfillment requires a strong heart and mind. We must strive to always be the best versions of ourselves. We must not settle for less and do what is needed to always be on top of our game.

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Best Growth Quotes

1. “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

2. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

3. “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you do not belong.” – N. R. Narayana Murthy

4. “Don’t go through life, grow through life.” – Eric Butterworth

5. “It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.” – Roy T. Bennett

6. “Life is about growth and exploration, not achieving a fixed state of balance. You have a very limited time on earth to experience all that you can. Figuring out how to squeeze the most out of your family, work, and spirituality is your life’s purpose, go, do it.” – Mel Robbins

7. “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

8. “We find comfort among those who agree with us—growth among those who don’t.” – Frank Howard Clark

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

10. “Life is all about growth and change. It’s not static. It’s not about some destination.” – Bill Burnett

11. “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

12. “Be the change you want to see in this world.” – Gandhi

13. “The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.” – Socrates

14. “We don’t grow old. When we cease to grow, we become old.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

15. “Life is like riding a bicycle—to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

Famous Growth Quotes

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

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

18. “We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” – Oprah Winfrey

19. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass

20. “People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person, or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.” – Plato

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

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

23. “The biggest lie about getting older is that excitement and growth end with youth.” – MO

24. “As long as your intentions are solid and about growth, and progression, and being productive, and not being idle, then you’re doing good in my book.” – Frank Ocean

25. “This generation has given up on growth. They’re just hoping for survival.” – Penelope Spheeris

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

27. “A single day is enough to make us a little larger, or another time, a little smaller.” – Paul Klee

28. “Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” – Edward Abbey

29. “All of us need to grow continuously in our lives. If you are the same person now that you were a year ago, or even a day ago, then you are not growing.” – Les Brown

30. “You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.” – Paulo Coelho

Inspirational Growth Quotes

31. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – Terry Pratchett

32. “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Rob Siltanen     

33. “We should not judge people by their peak of excellence, but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.” – Henry Ward Beecher

34. “Sometimes, in life, we take a leap of faith. Remember, the leap is not about getting from one side to the other, it’s simply about taking the leap and trusting the air. The universal breath will support your wings so that you may soar.” – Kristi Bowman

35. “Catch on fire if you must. Sometimes, everything needs to burn to the ground so that we may grow.” – A. J. Lawless

36. “Be patient with yourself. You are growing stronger every day. The weight of the world will become lighter and you will begin to shine brighter. Don’t give up.” – Robert Tew

37. “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

38. “It is never too late to be who you might have been.” – George Eliot

39. “You have to go through those mountains and valleys because that’s what life is—soul growth.” – Wayne Newton

40. “The person in life that you will always be with the most is yourself. Because even when you are with others, you are still with yourself too. When you wake up in the morning, you are with yourself, laying in bed at night, you are with yourself, walking down the street in the sunlight, you are with yourself. What kind of person do you want to walk down the street with? What kind of person do you want to wake up in the morning with? What kind of person do you want to see at the end of the day before you fall asleep? Because that person is yourself, and it’s your responsibility to be that person you want to be with. I know I want to spend my life with a person who knows how to let things go, who’s not full of hate, who’s able to smile and be carefree. So, that’s who I have to be.” – C. JoyBell C.

41. “We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow, sometimes, in one dimension, and not in another unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.” – Anais Nin

42. “Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood will contribute to the growth of this nation, and to make it strong and dynamic.” – Indira Gandhi

43. “The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” – C. JoyBell C.

44. “The important thing is that we must be constantly moving forward—yes, the progressive realization of a predetermined goal—and our growth should never end.” – Og Mandino

45. “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. Whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King

Personal Growth Quotes

46. “The swiftest way to triple your success is to double your investment in personal development.” – Robin Sharma

47. “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender—it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” – Stephen Covey

48. “Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be and already are but don’t know how to be.” – Heath L. Buckmaster

49. “Self-esteem is the pillar that underlies our well-being and emotional growth.” – Pixie Walker

50. “You are the only problem you will ever have and you are the only solution. Change is inevitable, personal growth is always a personal decision.” – Bob Proctor

51. “The spirit of self-help is the root of all genuine growth in the individual.” – Samuel Smiles

52. “Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement, and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.” – Bo Bennett

53. “The longest journey is the journey inward.” – Dag Hammarskjold

54. “Without continuous personal development, you are now all that you will ever become.” – Eli Cohen

55. “The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development.” – Jim Rohn

56. “Every moment of one’s existence, one is growing into more or retreating into less.” – Norman Mailer

57. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

58. “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man—true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

59. “You don’t need to change the world—you need to change yourself.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

60. “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.” – Jim Rohn

Growth Quotes on Having Proper Mindset

61. “The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” – Lao Tzu

62. “In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So rather than thinking, ‘Oh, I’m going to reveal my weaknesses,’ you say, ‘Wow, here’s a chance to grow.’” – Carol S. Dweck

63. “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

64. “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

65. “Personal development is the belief that you are worth the effort, time, and energy needed to develop yourself.” – Denis Waitley

66. “Realizing that our actions, feelings, and behavior are the result of our own images and beliefs gives us the level that psychology has always needed for changing personality.” – Maxwell Maltz

67. “The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence—it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” – Peter Drucker

68. “Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself.” – James Allen

69. “Treat yourself as you are, and you will remain as you are. Treat yourself as you could be, and you will become what you should be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

70. “We are powerfully imprisoned by the terms in which we have been conducted to think.” – Buckminster Fuller

71. “Where focus goes, energy flows. And where energy flows, whatever you’re focusing on grows.” – Tony Robbins

72. “Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts.” – James Allen

73. “Whatever you keep hidden in your heart, God manifests in you outwardly. Whatever the root of the tree feeds on in secret, affects the bough and the leaf.” – Rumi

74. “The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.” – George Eliot

75. “I always say, always take the first chance in case you never get a second one, but growing up takes that even one step further. Growing up means that you have to hold on to what you have when you have it, because what you have, that’s yours, and all the ideals and criteria you have set in your head, those aren’t yours, because those haven’t happened to you.” – C. JoyBell C.

Quotes That Show Growth Is Worth It, Even Though It’s Painful

76. “Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.” – Frank A. Clark

77. “Growth can be painful, change can be painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

78. “Growth is uncomfortable. You have to embrace the discomfort if you want to expand.” – Jonathan Majors

79. “Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but, I hope, into a better shape.” – Charles Dickens

80. “Pain is a pesky part of being human. I’ve learned it feels like a stab wound to the heart—something I wish we could all do without in our lives here. Pain is a sudden hurt that can’t be escaped. But then, I have also learned that because of pain, I can feel the beauty, tenderness, and freedom of healing. Pain feels like a fast stab wound to the heart. But then, healing feels like the wind against your face when you are spreading your wings and flying through the air. We may not have wings growing out of our backs, but healing is the closest thing that will give us that wind against our faces.” – C. JoyBell C.

81. “Without disappointment and the teaching it recommends, how will we ever grow as a person?” – Noaman Kaysingwala

82. “Take chances, make mistakes—that’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” – Mary Tyler Moore

83. “It is through awareness of our suffering that brings us growth.” – Vaz Sriharan

84. “Growth is simply learning how to suffer gracefully, elegantly, and not letting your pain completely tear you apart.” – Nikita Gill

85. “Growth is often a painful process.” – Elbert Hubbard

86. “Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?” – John Keats

87. “The lotus is the most beautiful flower whose petals open one by one, but it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first, you must have the mud—the obstacles of life and its suffering. The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share no matter what our stations in life. Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles—sadness, loss, illness, dying, and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.” – Goldie Hawn

Growth Quotes on Facing Adversities

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

89. “The journey is never ending. There’s always gonna be growth, improvement, and adversity. You just gotta take it all in and do what’s right. Continue to grow, continue to live in the moment.” – Antonio Brown

90. “Seeds of faith are always within us. Sometimes, it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.” – Susan L. Taylor

91. “The practice of surrender allows us to grow through challenges and move forward with grace.” – Yolanda V Acree

92. “Individuals in a growth mindset don’t simply look for challenges, they blossom with it. The greater the challenge, the more they stretch.” – K. Orient

93. “Think of this day like the growth of a tree. Growing stronger, and able to face adversity of the winds and storms with the experience that each year brings.” – Catherine Pulsifer

94. “Times of chaos and uncertainty can lead to new doors opening, especially when we are willing and able to look for the growth opportunities in a situation rather than simply being overwhelmed by outside circumstances.” – Shakti Gawain

95. “Obstacles can be your launching point to propel you to attain new personal growth or to gain valuable experiences.” – Byron Pulsifer

96. “You will learn for yourself what every heroine has learned—through overcoming challenges comes growth and strength.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

97. “Also, with positivity and optimism, it is much easier to turn your problems into opportunities for growth.” – Ilya Alexi

98. “I’ve chosen to perceive hard life experiences as spiritual assignments for growth and healing.” – Gabrielle Bernstein

99. “The challenges we face in life are always lessons that serve our soul’s growth.” – Marianne Williamson

100. “We see men who have accumulated great fortunes, but we often recognize only their triumph—overlooking the temporary defeats which they had to surmount before ‘arriving.’” – Napoleon Hill

101. “Dragons take on many forms—the hardest task of the day, a new responsibility, an impending deadline, or even dealing with conflict—and the trick is to just slay the dragon and move on. Don’t overthink it. To succeed, you have to have the confidence to take things head on and keep moving forward.” – Sarah Mannone

102. “In difficult times, we’re not supposed to quit believing—we’re not supposed to quit growing.” – Joel Osteen

Growth Quotes That Encourage Us to Step Outside Our Comfort Zone

103. “Our whole life is set up in the path of least resistance. We don’t want to suffer. We don’t want to feel discomfort. So the whole time, we’re living our lives in a very comfortable area. There’s no growth in that.” – David Goggins

104. “Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” – Gail Sheehy

105. “Whatever makes you uncomfortable is your biggest opportunity for growth.” – Bryant McGill

106. “All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” – Henry Miller

107. “You learn something valuable from all of the significant events and people, but you never touch your true potential until you challenge yourself to go beyond imposed limitations.” – Roy T. Bennett

108. “While the predictable path may feel more comfortable, it goes against the nature of change and growth.” – Amy E. Dean

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

110. “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” – Ginni Rometty

111. “Creation is not unwilling to open to you the doors to the beyond, it is not creation’s unwillingness that you are struggling with. You are struggling with the walls of resistance that you have built around yourself.” – Sadhguru

112. “Growth equals change. If you want to get better, you have to keep changing and improving. That means stepping out into new areas.” – John Maxwell

113. “Everything about your life, about your body, grows! Your cells regenerate—your hair, your nails, everything grows for your entire life. And your soul needs exploration and growth. And the only way you’ll get it is by forcing yourself to be uncomfortable, forcing yourself to get outside—out of your head.” – Mel Robbins

Growth Quotes on the Value of Perseverance

114. “If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.” – Kevin Ngo

115. “Productivity is considered a key source of economic growth and benefit—I would say the key to success.” – Lorena Katz

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

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

118. “Patience is not the ability to wait. Patience is to be calm no matter what happens. Constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities, and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waiting.” – Roy T. Bennett

119. “Our consciousness rarely registers the beginning of a growth within us any more than without us. There have been many circulations of the sap before we detect the smallest sign of the bud.” – George Eliot

120. “Doubt increases with inaction. Clarity reveals itself in momentum. Growth comes from progress. For all these reasons, begin.” – Brendon Burchard

121. “Aversion to failure motivates us to take necessary precautions and to work harder to achieve success. By contrast, intense fear of failure often handicaps us, making us reject failure so vigorously that we cannot take the risks that are necessary for growth.” – Tal Ben-Shahar

122. “While the people with fixed mindsets let their intelligence and talent define them, the growth mindset oriented people know that with hard work and practice, they can be good at anything.” – Timo Kiander

123. “The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.” – Carol S. Dweck

124. “Second, a small action can bring a strong or long-lasting result in much the same way that a small seed can grow into a huge tree.” – Joan Duncan Oliver

125. “You cannot dream yourself into a character, you must hammer and forge yourself one.” – Henry David Thoreau

126. “Progress comes with practice, and practice comes with purpose. Know your ‘why.’” – Melissa Steginus

127. “As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.” – Rumi

128. “There’s only one growth strategy—work hard.” – William Hague

Growth Quotes About Change

129. “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” – Steve Maraboli

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

131. “Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.” – Jelaluddin Rumi

132. “You must change certain thought processes, actions, and surround yourself with the right people that will encourage your growth, enlightenment, and state of awareness.” – Curt Hinson

133. “The transitions in our lives are often the most significant periods of growth. Leaving the womb, leaving home, going to college, one’s first job, getting married—these are the moments when we are stretched and challenged in new ways.” – Edward A. White

134. “Our world and everything in it continuously grows and evolves. The changing seasons ground us in our understanding of the cycles of renewal. Even the harshest of winters is not permanent. As individuals, each of us changes over time.” – Barbara Bernard

135. “Growth is a part of change, and change is a constant in our world.” – Milliken

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

137. “Why resist change when it’s the main source of your growth.” – Robin Sharma

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

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

140. “From change comes growth.” – Jon Stewart

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

142. “Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.” – Brian Tracy

143. “It’s not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

Growth Quotes About Learning

144. “Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” – Hillary Clinton

145. “The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.” – Mortimer Adler

146. “Growing up means learning what life is.” – C. JoyBell C.

147. “Read to learn, to enrich your thinking, to grow your mind and thus, your being.” – Lee Thayer

148. “Those with a growth mindset believe intelligence changes, so it’s not as tightly bound up into your sense of self.” – Jonathan Harnum

149. “Actually, in my opinion, you never completely find yourself because you are always growing as a person and learning throughout your life. It is a process.” – Robert A. Bofman

150. “In the realm of personal growth, there is also the continuous learning that occurs in your own control of your own destiny.” – Byron Pulsifer

151. “Personal growth is not a matter of learning new information but unlearning old limits.” – Alan Cohen

152. “Fail. Learn. Grow.” – Anonymous

153. “Don’t allow yourself to be satisfied with your success. Critique what you’ve achieved and ask what you can learn from others.” – Oscar Auliq-Ice

154. “In order to be knowledgeable in these changing times, we must pursue a constant program of self-improvement—a never-ending journey into new fields of knowledge and learning.” – Og Mandino

155. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford

156. “One hour per day of study in your chosen field is all it takes. One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years, you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do.” – Earl Nightingale

157. “Anyone can endeavor to learn something new each day and mark some growth.” – Wilferd Peterson

158. “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

Motivational Growth Quotes About Life

159. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

160. “Recognizing that you are not where you want to be is a starting point to begin changing your life.” – Deborah Day

161. “Life is growth, and growth demands change. Change can be painful, yet resisting change is resisting growth. Resisting growth denies you success.” – Virend Singh

162. “Growth is the only evidence of life.” – John Henry Newman

163. “Grace is what matters in anything—especially life, especially growth, tragedy, pain, love, death. That’s a quality that I admire very greatly. It keeps you from reaching out for the gun too quickly. It keeps you from destroying things too foolishly. It sort of keeps you alive.” – Jeff Buckley

164. “Very early, I knew that the only objective in life was to grow.” – Margaret Fuller

165. “An unsinkable, hopeful spirit can sustain you for a long distance as you sojourn on your personal growth journey through life.” – Shadonna Richards

166. “However, as I stumble through life, tripping over many obstacles and making far too many mistakes, I have discovered a wonderful and comforting secret. I am beginning to understand that these trials are opportunities for personal growth.” – Colin McCartney

167. “It’s a journey and a never-ending process because as a man, there’s always room for growth and improvement.” – Bruce Bryan

168. “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

169. “Life is never incomplete if it is an honorable one. At whatever point you leave life, if you leave it in the right way, it is whole.” – Seneca 

170. “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.” – Eckhart Tolle

171. “Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of himself.” – B. R. Ambedkar

172. “Personal growth is important in аll оf life’s stages. Уоu nееd to kеер growing to deal еffесtivеlу with others.” – James Stafford

173. “Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.” – Morihei Ueshiba

Encouraging Growth Quotes on Achieving Our Goals

174. “Personal development is a major time-saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals.” – Brian Tracy

175. “The more connected we are to our emotions and thoughts, the more prepared we are to experience growth and personal development. We are better equipped to identify our dreams, passions, and fears, and the things that need change.” – Brett Blumenthal

176. “A self-willed man has no other aim than his own growth.” – Bruce Lee

177. “Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow.” – Tony Robbins

178. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

179. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving forward. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton

180. “Your mission statement is not static. Over a period of several years, your priorities and values are likely to change. That is good because change means growth. Your dreams change and, therefore, so do your goals.” – Nathan Arthur

181. “As you grow, you learn, although sometimes, it’s out of your control. Going with it without feeling unfit can help you achieve your goal.” – Julie Hebert

182. “My destination is no longer a place, rather, a new way of seeing.” – Marcel Proust

183. “Sometimes, we may ask God for success, and He gives us physical and mental stamina. We might plead for prosperity, and we receive enlarged perspective and increased patience, or we petition for growth and are blessed with the gift of grace. He may bestow upon us conviction and confidence as we strive to achieve worthy goals.” – David A. Bednar

Growth Quotes on Love and Happiness

184. “We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no, we are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.” – Walter Mosley

185. “Personal growth and family time are essential, for a life devoid of love and laughter is a life wasted.” – Ross Wilson

186. “Happiness is wanting what you have, not having what you want. And this mentality of focusing on the positive will propel you onto a path of incredible growth and fulfillment.” – Meredith Lane

187. “Gratitude is more than a feeling of appreciation or thanks, more than a returning of kindness, and more than giving recognition to the sources of those kindnesses. Gratitude is also about seeing obstacles and struggles as an opportunity for growth—a gift of possibility and an affirmation of potential.” – Beth Bunchman

188. “Commitment to love, to growth, to authentic power is an everyday application of your will.” – Gary Zukav

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

190. “Change equals self-improvement. Push yourself to places you haven’t been before.” – Pat Summitt

191. “If you are moving forward in your life, if you are progressing personally, professionally, emotionally, spiritually—you will be happy.” – Tony Robbins

192. “Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure, nor this thing, nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.” – William Butler Yeats

193. “If you make it a habit not to blame others, you will feel the growth of the ability to love in your soul, and you will see the growth of goodness in your life.” – Leo Tolstoy

194. “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” – Diane von Furstenberg

195. “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald

Growth Quotes on Our Relationship With People

196. “True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.” – George Washington

197. “A great friend will encourage and be excited for your life and your personal growth.” – Maggie Thompso

198. “Trust requires openness without fear, which is why trust and faith in any relationship are essential for its growth.” – Jillian Hall

199. “If you expect your kids to get better, then you should apply the same thought process to yourself. Children will improve if you as a parent model that growth for them.” – Milton Stewart

200. “You’ll never be able to grow if you’re afraid to lose people during the process. Sometimes, past relationships don’t belong in new seasons.” – Trent Trenton

201. “Transitions are almost always signs of growth, but they can bring feelings of loss. To get somewhere new, we may have to leave somewhere else behind.” – Fred Rogers

202. “If the people in your circle aren’t contributing to your growth, then you’re not in a circle—you’re in a cage.” – Kianu Starr

203. “You will encounter misguided people from time to time—that’s part of life. The challenge is to educate them when you can, but always to keep your dignity and self-respect, and persevere in your personal growth and development.” – Bernice King

204. “We are all alone—born alone, die alone—and in spite of True Romance magazines, we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely—at least, not all the time—but essentially and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.” – Hunter S. Thompson

205. “When you judge another individual, a situation, or even yourself, you begin to instantly put limits on your own personal growth.” – Michael Austin Jacobs

206. “Love yourself enough to create an environment in your life that is conducive to the nourishment of your personal growth. Allow yourself to let go of the people, thoughts, and situations that poison your well-being. Cultivate a vibrant surrounding and commit yourself to making choices that will help you release the greatest expression of your unique beauty and purpose.” – Steve Maraboli

207. “If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were—only see you for the mistakes you’ve made—if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.” – Steve Maraboli

Growth Quotes About Experiences

208. “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.” – Dan Stanford

209. “Use your mind, grow your mind, and grow your life’s experiences through learning.” – Matthew D. Mohr

210. “Growth is a very profound experience. It can be beautiful and ugly, empowering and confining, thought-provoking and mind-boggling, pleasant and unpleasant, all at the same time.” – Iyanla Vanzant

211. “You grow from your mistakes, and the next time you aim at a goal, you will know exactly what it takes to achieve it.” – Noah Daniels

212. “Every experience makes you grow.” – Anonymous

213. “But until a person can say deeply and honestly, ‘I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,’ that person cannot say, ‘I choose otherwise.’” – Stephen R. Covey

214. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

Growth Quotes to Inspire You to Reach Your Full Potential

215. “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential—these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius

216. “There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” – Ronald Reagan

217. “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, rather, it’s that we aim too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo

218. “You can waste your lives drawing lines, or you can live your life crossing them.” – Shonda Rhimes

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

Growth Quotes About Acceptance

220. “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown

221. “Growth is attained through an exchange of the old for the new, of the good for the better. It is a conditional or reciprocal action, for each of us is a complete thought entity and the completeness makes it possible for us to receive only as we give.” – Napoleon Hill, ‎James Allen, ‎Wallace D. Wattles

222. “Real growth is when you start checking and correcting yourself.” – Anonymous

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

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

225. “How can we grow if we can’t acknowledge our own weaknesses?” – Kristin Neff

226. “There is comfort in acceptance. There is unexpected growth of seedlings of life if we take the risk of opening ourselves up.” – Jan Warner

Organizational Growth Quotes

227. “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” – Harvey S. Firestone

228. “Without investment, there will not be growth. And without growth, there will not be employment.” – Muhtar Kent

229. “When leaders throughout an organization take an active, genuine interest in the people they manage, when they invest real time to understand employees at a fundamental level, they create a climate for greater morale, loyalty, and, yes, growth.” – Patrick Lencioni

230. “Your own business growth and success depends on many things, and along that growing path, you are going to have to concede certain responsibilities and activities—whether for your accounting, your production, or day-to-day management.” – Michael Gerber

231. “Any institution’s alumni are key to its growth. We are focused on giving a global experience to our students.” – Shiv Nadar

232. “I am excited to join the Workday Board at an exciting time in the company’s growth, and look forward to leveraging my past experience as a technologist and entrepreneur to provide advice as they continue to look at new areas of growth.” – Jerry Yang

233. “If you put good people in bad systems, you get bad results. You have to water the flowers you want to grow.” – Stephen Covey

234. “An environment of growth is where information is shared, personal development is encouraged, and discussions occur to help everyone grow and learn.” – Byron Pulsifer

235. “When entire companies embrace a growth mindset, their employees report feeling far more empowered and committed. They also receive far greater organizational support for collaboration and innovation.” – Carol S. Dweck

236. “High-performance team members are also very committed to one another. Both understand that the wisdom of teams comes with a focus on collective work-products, personal growth, and performance results. However meaningful, ‘team’ is always a result of pursuing a demanding performance challenge.” – Douglas Smith

237. “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.” – Henry Ford

238. “Empathy, humanity, and support for each other is more important than revenue—than growth.” – Eric Yuan

Economic Growth Quotes

239. “Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth. So, let’s all go exploring.” – Edith Widder

240. “Empowering the individual means empowering the nation. And empowerment is best served through rapid economic growth with rapid social change.” – Atal Bihari Vajpayee

241. “Migration powers economic growth, reduces inequalities, and connects diverse societies. Yet, it is also a source of political tensions and human tragedies.” – Antonio Guterres

242. “Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth—these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security, and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.” – Ban Ki-moon

243. “We’ve seen over time that countries that have the best economic growth are those that have good governance, and good governance comes from freedom of communication. It comes from ending corruption. It comes from a populace that can go online and say, ‘This politician is corrupt, this administrator, or this public official is corrupt.’” – Ramez Naam

244. “Globalization and free trade do spur economic growth, and they lead to lower prices on many goods.” – Robert Reich

245. “Our future growth relies on competitiveness and innovation, skills and productivity. And these, in turn, rely on the education of our people.” – Julia Gillard

246. “Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship, and strengthen governance.” – Ban Ki-moon

247. “Economic growth and environmental protection are not at odds. They’re opposite sides of the same coin if you’re looking at longer-term prosperity.” – Henry Paulson

248. “Economic growth doesn’t mean anything if it leaves people out.” – Jack Kemp

249. “Can you imagine what a pessimist who lived only 200 years ago would think about the world we live in? Airplanes, electricity, automobiles, television, remote controls, the Internet, fax machines, telephones, cellular phones, and so on, and all available to us because of that spark of open-mindedness that allowed progress, growth, and creativity to flourish.” – Wayne Dyer

250. “Good government is one of the most important factors in economic growth and social well-being.” – Joe Lonsdale

251. “The main reasons for the growth and institutionalization of corruption are a culture of secrecy with lack of transparency and weak institutions for securing the accountability of public servants such as the Vigilance bodies, the criminal investigative agencies, and the judiciary.” – Prashant Bhushan

252. “It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics. Because discrimination, poverty, and ignorance restrict growth, while investments in education, infrastructure, and scientific, and technological research increase it, creating more good jobs and new wealth for all of us.” – William J. Clinton

Growth Quotes on Freedom

253. “In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.” – The Dalai Lama

254. “Qualities die for want of attention, so any unlovely state might best be rubbed out by imagining ‘beauty for ashes and joy for mourning’ rather than by direct attacks on the state from which we would be free.” – Neville Goddard

255. “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 E. Frankl

256. “Retirement is a time for personal growth which becomes the path to greater personal freedom.” – Mark Evan Chimsky

257. “What we call our destiny is truly our character, and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny.” – Anaïs Nin

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

259. “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” – George Washington

Environmental Growth Quotes

260. “Look deep into nature, and then, you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

261. “Each choice, the branch of a tree is. What looked like a decision is after only a pattern of growth.” – Yoda

262. “We learned that economic growth and environmental protection can and should go hand in hand.” – Christopher Dodd

263. “The climate crisis is both the easiest and the hardest issue we have ever faced. The easiest because we know what we must do—we must stop the emissions of greenhouse gases. The hardest because our current economics are still totally dependent on burning fossil fuels, and thereby destroying ecosystems in order to create everlasting economic growth.” – Greta Thunburg

264. “Growth hackers don’t tolerate waste.” – Ryan Holiday

265. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett

More Growth Quotes You’ll Love

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

267. “My turn shall also come. I sense the spreading of a wing.” – Osip Mandelstam

268. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

269. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

270. “Growth is a spiral process doubling back on itself, reassessing, and regrouping.” – Julia Margaret Cameron

271. “Honor winter’s lesson. Despite this time of lifelessness and inactivity, this is still a season of growth.” – Melody Beattie

272. “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” – Kurt Vonnegut

273. “Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.” – George Henry Lewes

274. “Just as a gardener doesn’t reach into a seed and pull out a plant, a therapist doesn’t reach into people and make them change. Rather, therapists provide people with what they need to grow.” – Leslie Becker-Phelps

275. “Remove the factors limiting growth.” – Peter Senge

276. “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 and Jerry Hicks

277. “It is in the deconstruction of ourselves that we begin to build our lives.” – Delora Argiro O’Brien

278. “Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.” – Nelson Mandela

279. “Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves—they, therefore, remain bound.” – James Allen

280. “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” – Virginia Satir

Are You a Risk-Taker or Do You Want to Stay In Your Comfort Zone?

Growth is necessary to keep all things alive. We need to constantly grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for us to better understand and adapt to our ever-changing environment. 

Whether in our career, ventures, or studies, we encounter problems that are seemingly evolving and becoming more difficult. It is a real challenge for us to keep up and go beyond the pace of our adversities.

Growth may be very painful and hard—it requires a lot of hard work and sacrifices. But in the end, a far better version of us will be revealed and realized.

Were you inspired to push further? Which of these quotes hit you the most? Let us know in the comments section below.


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