Self Improvement Quotes

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School, politics, sports, and games train us to compete against others. True rewards - wealth, knowledge, love, fitness, and equanimity - come from ignoring others and improving ourselves.
A great strategy for success in life is to become good at something, anything, and let that feeling propel you to new and better victories. Success can be habit-forming.


Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true.
Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.


You're not in competition with anyone but yourself.
No one can grow if he does not accept his smallness.
The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.


If only I may grow firmer, simpler, quieter, warmer.
Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they're yours.


If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree.
Often we change jobs, friends and spouses instead of ourselves.
I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.


Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.

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The only person you should ever compete with is yourself. You can't hope for a fairer match.
The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.

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If you would one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day. Yea, let there be daily renovation.
Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.


We cannot live better than in seeking to become better, nor more agreeably than in having a clear conscience.
The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice that which we are for what we could become.
The development of the individual can be described as a succession of new births at consecutively higher levels.


Being yourself is not remaining what you were, or being satisfied with what you are. It is the point of departure.

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We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

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To be good we must needs have suffered; but perhaps it is necessary to have caused suffering before we can become better.


That's what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.
It isn't too late. Time is not running out. Your life is here and now. And the moment has arrived at which you're finally ready to change.


If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird. It would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

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Warren is one of the best learning machines on this earth. . . . Warren's investing skills have markedly increased since he turned 65. Having watched the whole process with Warren, I can report that if he had stopped with what he knew at earlier points, the record would be a pale shadow of what it is.


Imagine that you had a car and that was the only car you'd have for your entire lifetime. Of course, you'd care for it well, changing the oil more frequently than necessary, driving carefully, etc. Now, consider that you only have one mind and one body. Prepare them for life, care for them. You can enhance your mind over time. A person's main asset is themselves, so preserve and enhance yourself.

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One of the best things you can do in life is to surround yourself with people who are better than you are. High-grade people. You will end up behaving more like them, and they, in turn, will get it back from you. It's like a planetary system. If you hang around with people who behave worse than you, pretty soon you'll start being pulled in that direction. That's just the way it seems to work. Who you choose to associate with matters.