Growth Quotes

Most popular growth quotes

Love dies only when growth stops.


Great oaks from little acorns grow.


Growth is the only evidence of life.
One does not become fully human painlessly.

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The shell must break before the bird can fly.
Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.


A blossom must break the sheath it has been sheltered by.
Our only purpose in life is growth.  There are no accidents.
A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.


Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.

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I say that the strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.


Men may rise on stepping-stones
Of their dead selves to higher things.

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Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment.
Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.


All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
The development of the individual can be described as a succession of new births at consecutively higher levels.


Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself.
Our mothers are racked with the pains of our physical birth; we ourselves suffer the longer pains of our spiritual growth.
The base from which all growth is predicated then, is in the future, not from the past.  Growing is always into, not away from.
If we don't change, we don't grow.  If we don't grow, we are not really living.  Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.


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.
In some ways, spiritual growth resembles a game of leapfrog.  As soon as we've got past one puzzling question, we discover we're faced with another.
The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.


What is the most rigorous law of our being?  Growth.  No smallest atom of our moral, mental, or physical structure can stand still a year.  It grows—it must grow; nothing can prevent it.
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.
Just as we outgrow a pair of trousers, we outgrow acquaintances, libraries, principles, etc., at times before they're worn out and at times—and this is the worst of all—before we have new ones.
We are not unlike a particularly hardy crustacean.  The lobster grows by developing and shedding a series of hard, protective shells.  Each time it expands from within, the confining skin must be sloughed off.  It is left exposed and vulnerable until, in time, a new covering grows to replace the old.