Personal Growth

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”  Norman Vincent Peale

“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.”  Galileo Galilei

“A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.”  Patricia Neal

“I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”  Sir Winston Churchill

“If you see good, learn something.  If you see bad, learn what not to be.”  Unknown

“If you believe everything you read, you better not read.”  Japanese Proverb

“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”  Will Rogers

“Modesty is a shining light; it prepares the mind to receive knowledge, and the heart for truth.” Madame Guizot

“In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”  Eric Hoffer

“It’s what we think we know that keeps us from learning.”  Claude Bernard

“Forget your mistakes, but remember what they taught you.” — Dorothy Galyean

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”  William Shakespeare

“Stubborness does have its helpful features.  You always know what you are going to be thinking tomorrow.”  Glen Beaman

“Never accept the proposition that just because a solution satisfies a problem, that it must be the only solution.”  Raymond E. Feist

”We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. It cannot lead; it can only serve”  Albert Einstein

“You want to always be open, creative and fluid as possible, and never become rigid, old or tight.”  Russell Simmons

“The hardest secret for a man to keep is his opinion of himself.”  Unknown

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

“A “Normal” person is the sort of person that might be designed by a committee.  You know, “Each person puts in a pretty color and it comes out gray.”  Alan Sherman

“All that is important comes in quietness and waiting.” — Rodney Collin

“Before you can break out of prison, you must first realize you’re locked up.”  Author Unknown

“It’s when ordinary people rise above the expectations and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached.”  Mike Huckabee

“If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change.  If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.”  John A. Simone, Sr.

“What a pity human beings can’t exchange problems.  Everyone knows exactly how to solve the other fellow’s.”  Olin Miller

“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”  Anatole France

“At the core of all anger is a need that is not being fulfilled.”  Marshall B. Rosenberg

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
  George Bernard Shaw

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”  Norman Vincent Peale

“If you want to look like the people next door, you’re probably smothering yourself and your dreams.”  Clive Barker

“There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.”  Lady Blessington

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

“The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations.”  Eli Khamarov

“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”  Michael J. Fox

“Letting go doesn’t mean giving up, but rather accepting that there are things that cannot be.”  Anon

“When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”  John F. Kennedy

“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.”  Bernard M. Baruch

“You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.”  Doug Floyd

“When we are no longer able to change a situation… We are challenged to change ourselves.”  Viktor Frankl

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”  George Bernard Shaw

“Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.”  Oscar Wilde

“I say there is no darkness but ignorance.”  William Shakespeare

“Only dead fish swim with the stream.”  Malcolm Muggeridge

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

“Like a plant that starts up in showers and sunshine and does not know which has best helped it to grow, it is difficult to say whether the hard things or the pleasant things did me the most good.”  Lucy Larcom

“Ain’t no man can avoid being average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.”  Satchel Paige

“Most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions.”  Author Unknown

“Not all those who wander are lost.”  J.R.R. Tolkien

“If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn’t thinking.”  George S. Patton

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”  Joseph Campbell

“At the core of all anger is a need that is not being fulfilled.”  Marshall B. Rosenberg

“A person who makes few mistakes makes little progress.”  Brian H. McGill

“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.”  Arthur Christopher Benson

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

“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Change will never happen when people lack the ability and courage to see themselves for who they are.”  Brian H. McGill

“Don’t think you’re on the right road just because it’s a well-beaten path.”  Unknown

“The past does not define you, the present does.”  Unknown

“Success is to be measured not as much by the position that one has reached as by the obstacles which have been overcome while trying to succeed.”  Booker T. Washington

“Whatever comes, this too shall pass away.”  Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.”  Chinese Proverb

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.”  Basho

“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.”  Henry Ford

“Observe all men, thyself most.”  Benjamin Franklin

“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.”  Larry King

“If at first you don’t succeed, find out why.”  Unknown

“The key is to constantly do whatever builds your strength and increases your capacity to live, to love, to learn, and to leave a legacy.”  Unknown

“Strength can only be developed by effort and practice.”  James Allem – As a Man Thinketh

“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.”  James Allem – As a Man Thinketh

“He that won’t be counsel’d, can’t be helped.”  Benjamin Franklin

“… when a problem arises, don’t fight with it or try to deny it. Accept and acknowledge it. Be patient in seeking a solution or opening, and then fully commit yourself to the resolution you think advisable.”  Jim Lau

“You have got to continue to grow or you’re just like last night’s corn bread. Stale and dry.”  Loretta Lynn

“Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.”  Henry Ford

“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser than he was yesterday.”  Abraham Lincoln

“The more you do of what you’ve done, the more you’ll have of what you’ve got.”  Anon

“What you become, you are already.”  Freidrich Hebbel

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  Lao Tzu

“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.”  John D. Rockefeller

“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.”  Henry Ford

“When you make a mistake, admit it; learn from it and don’t repeat it.”  Bear Bryant

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.”  John Ruskin

“More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy denying them.”  Harold J. Smith

“Seek the wisdom of the ages but look at the world through the eyes of a child.”  Ron Wile

“Who is the wise man? He who learns from all men.”  William Gladstone

“Anger and vengeance eat away at the body, as they do the soul. Lay them down and move on.”  Dr. Phil

“From whom much is given, much is expected. I promise you that you have been given much. So guess what? From you, much is expected.”  Dr. Phil

“I promise you that at this precise moment next year, your life will be better or worse than it is right now. It will not be the same: the choice to improve it or let it decay is wholly and undeniably yours.”  Dr. Phil

“You can’t change your history. But you can change your responses to those external factors. You can change what you do in response to that history.”  Dr. Phil

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”  Nelson Mandela

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”  Carl Gustav Jung

“We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.”  James Freeman Clarke

“If you’re coasting, you’re either losing momentum or else you’re headed downhill.”  Joan Welsh

“A man wrapped up in him self, makes a very small package.”  Unknown

“The mighty oak was once a little nut that stood its ground.”  Unknown

“Man is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.”  Unknown

“We know too much, and are convinced of too little.”  T.S. Elliot

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”  Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.”  Chinese Proverb

“I am surrounded by perfect teachers. I learn something constructive from every teacher in my life, even if it is learning how not to live.”  Unknown

“Learn from others’ mistakes rather than making them all yourself.”  Unknown