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25 Inspirational Quotes From Great Personal Development Authors

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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There are a number of amazing personal development books out there, and among the 100’s of classics there are some great gems of wisdom. So we have researched some of the top personal development books and extracted the top personal development quotes that we found to be the most inspirational.

We hope you enjoy these amazing personal development quotes. Make sure you share them with your friends and family to spread a little inspiration into their lives also.

 

 

 

25 Inspirational Personal Development Quotes

 

1.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor E Frankl – Man’s Search for Meaning

 

2.

“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.” – SenecaStoic Philosophy of Seneca

 

3.

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” – Eckhart Tolle – A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

 

4.

“A man’s true delight is to do the things he was made for.” – Marcus AureliusMeditations

 

5.

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching


6.

“The top players in every field think differently when all the marbles are on the line. Great performers focus on what they are doing, and nothing else…They let it happen, let it go. They couldn’t care less about the results.” – John EliotOverachievement: The New Science of Working Less to Accomplish More

 

7.

“There is one single thread binding my way together…the way of the Master consists in doing one’s best…that is all.” – ConfuciusThe Analects of Confucius

 

8.

“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson – Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

9.

“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 SimmonsDo You!

 

10.

“The word courage comes from the same stem as the French word Coeur, meaning “heart.” Thus just as one’s heart, by pumping blood to one’s arms, legs, and brain enables all the other physical organs to function, so courage makes possible all the psychological virtues. Without courage other values wither away into mere facsimiles of virtue.” – Rollo May – The Courage to Create

 

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“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 – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

 

12.

“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 – Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness

 

13.

“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 – The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

 

14.

“In a very real sense we have two minds, one that thinks and one that feels”  – Daniel Goleman – Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

 

15.

“We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.” – Epictetus – Enchiridion

 

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“So what is the difference between “power thinking” and “positive” thinking? The distinction is slight but profound. To me, people use positive thinking to pretend that everything is rosy, when they really believe that it’s not. With power thinking, we understand that everything is neutral, that nothing has meaning except for the meaning we give it, and that we are going to make up a story and give something it’s meaning.” – T Harv Eker – Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

 

17.

“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 SharmaThe Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

 

18.

“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 – The Diary of Anais Nin

 

19.

“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

 

20.

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” – André Gide – Autumn Leaves

 

21.

“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 – Think and Grow Rich

 

22.

“Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.” – Zig Ziglar – Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World

 

23.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist

 

24.

“Star performers start with a well-defined and concrete “impossible” goal they care deeply about and then they build a through-line that clearly connects here with there.” – Robert K Cooper – The Other 90%

 

25.

“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 – As a Man Thinketh

 

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I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. shay

    Dec 23, 2016 at 8:59 am

    “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
    great sentence from a great author!

  2. Laiza King

    Jul 29, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Great motivational quotes. I connected with this one most because of my personal experience and how I turned my pain into purpose. “We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.” – Epictetus – Enchiridion. The mind indeed is a powerful thing!

  3. Master Melvin M. Lusterio

    May 7, 2015 at 7:13 am

    To inspire is to become the inspiration!

  4. Philemon Geidilo

    Nov 22, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Joel its inspiring and encouraging indeed. Thanks.

  5. Robert C. Brown

    Oct 23, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Great post. I love reading personal development quotes. Personal development is my passion and I’m actually just writing my first personal development book and I’ve released a free copy on my blog, which is going well! I’ll definitely be sharing this 🙂

  6. c.m.nivadha rajan

    May 5, 2014 at 8:48 am

    as always, all the quotes are superb.i am a great lover of quotes from my younger days and finally it became as my habit.i always enjoys this site and i am expecting for more quotes from this site.thank you Mr.joel for this wonderful quotes.i liked 1,8,11,23 very much.i am glad to say that ,i am addicted to this site.

  7. s khan

    Mar 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

    really this we all inspire from this and if this QUOTES is so nice then this person .really nice

  8. anOSA

    Feb 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Awesome quotes. I’m so, so inspired. Good job, good speed.

  9. raghu

    Feb 16, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Hey Joel awesome site how you made it

  10. Anne

    Feb 6, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I I love all the quotes.

  11. Mark

    Feb 5, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Just found your site today…Best site that I visited all night long. Life is as simple as to how you perceive it. Keep up the great work!! I could read and absorb this stuff all day long!!! Love it

  12. Abdul Rauf

    Jan 31, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Woah! This post is really an inspiration hub for us all. I have now fallen in love with Addicted2Success 🙂
    My favorite quote is from Marcus: “A man’s true delight is to do the things he was made for.”

    This is really true that if you don the things you are made for, you are on the go to success path. The rest of the quotes are also superb 🙂

    • Joel

      Joel

      Feb 1, 2014 at 4:13 am

      Thanks for checking out my site Abdul. Keep coming back. Stay Inspired 🙂

  13. Sebastian

    Jan 25, 2014 at 6:05 am

    I just bought a couple of these books.

  14. James

    Jan 23, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    All good except number 12. Esther & Jerry Hicks are well known fraudsters, charlatans and propagators of ingratiating platitudes in exchange for exorbitant fees. They should be shunned and ridiculed for the tricksters, fakesters and irresponsible illusionists taking advantage of the desperate and credulous, that they are.

    • Emily Filloramo

      Apr 6, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      James, I never knew that about the Hicks. Where’s that information from? Are you saying the Law of Attraction is fraudulent or the way the Hicks delivers it?

  15. Naomi@Leavethe9-5

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Joel,

    I really wanted to chose only one favorite but I struggled to get it down to three.

    #8
    “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson – Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

    (this is very current to my personal life right now – guess I got to get on with it!)

    #13
    “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 – The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

    (I LOVE THIS. I needed reminding of this today. I shouldn’t care what others think. My Life – My Terms!)

    #20
    “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” – André Gide – Autumn Leaves

    (I come across so many people who are victims of themselves and their situations. They refuse to take action and loved ones make excuses for their awful, inappropriate behavior)

    Thanks for the quotes Joel. You’ve given me some great reading material for the next few months.

    Take care

    Naomi

    • Joel

      Joel

      Jan 23, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Good on you Naomi, I’m glad you liked the quotes 🙂 Stay inspired!

      • Marie

        Feb 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm

        Inspiration is a beautiful thing never loose it. I’m 13 and inspiration is everything to me.

        • Marie

          Feb 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

          Always remember, “If your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough.”

          • Marie Marlow

            Feb 8, 2014 at 7:20 pm

            Inspiration is a beautiful thing never loose it. I’m 13 years old and I think everyone needs inspiration now and forever. Always remember ” If your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough.”

            • Siraj

              Apr 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm

              Truly amazing Marie…You are 13 and talking about Inspirations and Dreams. Way to go!!!!

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