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40 quotes about bettering yourself: make your best self

40 quotes about bettering yourself: make your best self

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

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

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

4. “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

5. “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

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

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

8. “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

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

10. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”-Jim Rohn

11. “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

12. “The great majority of people are “wandering generalities” rather than “meaningful specifics”. The fact is that you can’t bit a target that you can’t see. If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. You have to have goals.”-Zig Ziglar

13. “The never-ending task of self improvement.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

14. “The distinction between pretending you are better than you are and beginning to be better in reality is finer than moral sleuth hounds conceive.” -C.S. Lewis

15. “How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?” -Seth Godin

16. Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.-Socrates

17. Let us strive to improve ourselves, for we cannot remain stationary; one either progresses or retrogrades.-Mme. Du Deffand

18. The highest purpose of intellectual cultivation is to give a man a perfect knowledge and mastery of his own inner self; to render our consciousness its own light and its own mirror.-Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg

19. Each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.-Marie Curie

20. Every man has in himself a continent of undiscovered character. Happy is he who acts as the Columbus to his own soul.-Sir J. Stephen


21. Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.-Leo Tolstoy

22. I believe that true identity is found in creative activity springing from within. It is found when one loses oneself.-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

23. It was the sacred rule among the Pythagoreans that they should every evening thrice run over the actions and affairs of the day.-Dr. L. Watts

24. Never neglect an opportunity for improvement. -Sir William Jones

25. Practice yourself in little things, and thence proceed to greater.-Epictetus

26. There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.-Hindu Proverb

27. What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not. -Saint Augustine

28. Live up to the best that is in you: Live noble lives, as you all may, in whatever condition you may find yourselves.-Henry W. Longfellow

29. The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. -Socrates

30. The only journey is the journey within.-Rainer Maria Rilke

31. If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling it away?-Lord Chesterfield

32. As the sculptor devotes himself to wood and stone, I would devote myself to my soul.-Toyohiko Kagawa

33. He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.-Lao Tzu

34. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakes.-Carl Jung

35. Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.-Doug Firebaugh

36. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.-Aristotle

37. What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.-Hecato

38. It is only the very wisest and the very stupidest who cannot change.-Confucius

39. To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one’s own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.-Plato

40. The happiest life is that which constantly exercises and educates what is best in us.-Hamerton

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