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Quotes About Self Improvement

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

George Bernard Shaw
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

C.S. Lewis
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

William Faulkner
“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
William Faulkner

Albert Einstein
“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”
Albert Einstein

Madonna
“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you've come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”
Madonna

Sarah Dessen
“If you try anything, if you try to lose weight, or to improve yourself, or to love, or to make the world a better place, you have already achieved something wonderful, before you even begin. Forget failure. If things don't work out the way you want, hold your head up high and be proud. And try again. And again. And again!”
Sarah Dessen, Keeping the Moon

Anaïs Nin
“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. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

Confucius
“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.”
Confucius

Jim Rohn
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”
Jim Rohn

Jarod Kintz
“I’m not a very good sleeper. But you know what? I’m willing to put in a few extra hours every day to get better. That’s just the kind of hard worker I am.”
Jarod Kintz, Whenever You're Gone, I'm Here For You

Muhammad Ali Jinnah
“I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right.”
Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Shannon L. Alder
“Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, "What else could this mean?”
Shannon L. Alder

Marilyn Monroe
“I said pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.”
Marilyn Monroe

Ezra Taft Benson
“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ would take the slums out of people, and then they would take themselves out of the slums.
The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.”
Ezra Taft Benson

Stephen Richards
“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, Think Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free

Stephen Fry
“Certainly the most destructive vice if you like, that a person can have. More than pride, which is supposedly the number one of the cardinal sins - is self pity. Self pity is the worst possible emotion anyone can have. And the most destructive. It is, to slightly paraphrase what Wilde said about hatred, and I think actually hatred's a subset of self pity and not the other way around - ' It destroys everything around it, except itself '.

Self pity will destroy relationships, it'll destroy anything that's good, it will fulfill all the prophecies it makes and leave only itself. And it's so simple to imagine that one is hard done by, and that things are unfair, and that one is underappreciated, and that if only one had had a chance at this, only one had had a chance at that, things would have gone better, you would be happier if only this, that one is unlucky. All those things. And some of them may well even be true. But, to pity oneself as a result of them is to do oneself an enormous disservice.

I think it's one of things we find unattractive about the american culture, a culture which I find mostly, extremely attractive, and I like americans and I love being in america. But, just occasionally there will be some example of the absolutely ravening self pity that they are capable of, and you see it in their talk shows. It's an appalling spectacle, and it's so self destructive. I almost once wanted to publish a self help book saying 'How To Be Happy by Stephen Fry : Guaranteed success'. And people buy this huge book and it's all blank pages, and the first page would just say - ' Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself - And you will be happy '. Use the rest of the book to write down your interesting thoughts and drawings, and that's what the book would be, and it would be true. And it sounds like 'Oh that's so simple', because it's not simple to stop feeling sorry for yourself, it's bloody hard. Because we do feel sorry for ourselves, it's what Genesis is all about.”
Stephen Fry

Carl R. Rogers
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
Carl R. Rogers

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

Mandy Hale
“One of the best times for figuring out who you are & what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.”
Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Ernest Hemingway
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
Ernest Hemingway

Stephen Richards
“The discontent and frustration that you feel is entirely your own creation.”
Stephen Richards, Think Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free

Jane Austen
“She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! Alas! She must confess to herself that she was not wise yet.”
Jane Austen, Persuasion

Anne Frank
“How noble and good everyone could be if, every evening before falling asleep, they were to recall to their minds the events of the whole day and consider exactly what has been good and bad. Then without realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day.”
Anne Frank

Voltaire
“Let us cultivate our garden.”
Voltaire, Candide

Gordon B. Hinckley
“Do your best, and be a little better than you are.”
Gordon B. Hinckley

Allan Rufus
“Life is like a game of chess.
To win you have to make a move.
Knowing which move to make comes with IN-SIGHT
and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are
acculated along the way.

We become each and every piece within the game called life!”
Allan Rufus, The Master's Sacred Knowledge

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