Best Growth Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Growth Quotes

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.

Anatole France (1844-1924, French Writer)


I am a frayed and nibbled survivor in a fallen world, and I am getting along. I am aging and eaten and have done my share of eating too. I am not washed and beautiful, in control of a shining world in which everything fits, but instead am wondering awed about on a splintered wreck I’ve come to care for, whose gnawed trees breathe a delicate air, whose bloodied and scarred creatures are my dearest companions, and whose beauty bats and shines not in its imperfections but overwhelmingly in spite of them…

Annie Dillard (1945-, American Author, Poet)


We grow a little every time we do not take advantage of somebody’s weakness.

Bern Williams


Only by contending with challenges that seem to be beyond your strength to handle at the moment you can grow more surely toward the stars.

Brian Tracy (American Trainer, Speaker, Author, Businessman)


Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.

Bruce Lee (1940-1973, Chinese-American Actor, Director, Author, Martial Artist)


Unless you try to do something beyond what you have mastered, you will never grow.

C.R. Lawton


All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, Thirtieth President of the USA)


I am convinced that the world is not a mere bog in which men and woman trample themselves in the mire and die. Something magnificent is taking place here amid the cruelties and tragedies, and the supreme challenge to intelligence is that of making the noblest and best in our curious heritage prevail.

Charles A. Beard (American Writer)


Climb mountains to see lowlands.

Chinese Proverb


Enough shovels of earth — a mountain. Enough pails of water — a river.

Chinese Proverb


The perfecting of one’s self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.

Confucius (551-479 BC, Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher)


Those who have high thoughts are ever striving; they are not happy to remain in the same place. Like swans that leave their lake and rise into the air, they leave their home and fly for a higher home.

Dhammapada (300 BC, Buddhist Collection of Moral Aphorism)


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

Edward Abbey (1927 – 1989, American Writer)


All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.

Edward Gibbon (1737-1794, British Historian)


Some people are molded by their admirations, others by their hostilities.

Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973, Anglo-Irish Novelist)


Don’t go through life, grow through life.

Eric Butterworth


We find comfort among those who agree with us-growth among those who don’t.

Frank A. Clark


You don’t learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British Dramatist)


The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.

George Eliot (1819-1880, British Novelist)


Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.

George Shinn


The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us. 

Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British Author)


Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.

Hare Charles


All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.

Henry Miller (1891-1980, American Author)


Every winner has scars.

Herbert N. Casson (American Author)



I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962, German-born Swiss Novelist, Poet)


All men’s gains are the fruit of venturing.

Herodotus (484-425 BC, Greek Historian)


Some people grow under responsibility, others merely swell.



Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees.

Willard Marriott (American Businessman, Founder of Marriott Hotels)


Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist)


Growth is the only evidence of life.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890, British Religious Leader, Prelate, Writer)


The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life — mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.

Julius Erving (1950-, American Basketball Player)


Every phase of evolution commences by being in a state of unstable force and proceeds through organization to equilibrium. Equilibrium having been achieved, no further development is possible without once more oversetting the A journey of a thousand miles starts in front of your feet. Whosoever acts spoils it. Whosoever keeps loses it.

Kabbalah (Jewish Esoteric Doctrine)


Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.

Karl Baker


A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.

Lao-Tzu (600 BC, Chinese Philosopher, Founder of Taoism, Author of the “Tao Te Ching”)


The growth of affluence, the growth of education, has led to a shortage of morons.

Leonard Neal


In the end, it is the person you become, not the things you have achieved, that is the most important.

Les Brown (1945-, American Speaker, Author, Trainer, Motivator Lecturer)


All of us need to grow continuously in our lives.

Les Brown (1945-, American Speaker, Author, Trainer, Motivator Lecturer)


The entrepreneurial approach is not a sideline at 3M. It is the heart of our design for growth.

Lewis Lehr (American Businessman, President of 3M Company)


I don’t know what it’s like for a book writer or a doctor or a teacher as they work to get established in their jobs. But for a singer, you’ve got to continue to grow or else you’re just like last night’s cornbread — stale and dry.

Loretta Lynn (1935-, American Musician, Singer, Songwriter)


Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love.

Scott Peck (American Psychiatrist, Author)


The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.

Marcus T. Cicero (106-43 BC, Great Roman Orator, Politician)


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.

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American Humorist, Writer)


The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright. The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion.

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888, British Poet, Critic)


Close scrutiny will show that most “crisis situations” are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.

Maxwell Maltz (American Plastic Surgeon, Author of “Psycho-Cybernetics”)


If it’s not growing, it’s going to die.

Michael Eisner (American Business Executive, CEO of Walt Disney Productions)


Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle…

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American Speaker, Motivational Writer, “Think and Grow Rich”)


Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.

Noam Chomsky (1928-, American Linguist, Political Activist)



The sculptor will chip off all unnecessary material to set free the angel. Nature will chip and pound us remorselessly to bring out our possibilities. She will strip us of wealth, humble our pride, humiliate our ambition, let us down from the ladder of fame, will discipline us in a thousand ways, if she can develop a little character, Everything must give way to that. Wealth is nothing, position is nothing, fame is nothing, manhood is everything.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American Author, Founder of Success Magazine)


Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American Novelist)


Love dies only when growth stops.

Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American Novelist)


The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.

Pir Vilayat Khan (1916-, Western Philosopher Teacher, Master, Author)


Thou mayest as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading. Too much overcharges Nature, and turns more into disease than nourishment. ‘Tis thought and digestion which makes books serviceable, and give health and vigor to the mind.

Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American Inventor, Designer, Poet, Philosopher)


We grow because we struggle, we learn and overcome.

C. Allen


Are you green and growing or ripe and rotting?

Ray Kroc (1902-1984, American businessman, Founder of McDonalds)


When I am grown to man’s estate I shall be very proud and great. And tell the other girls and boys Not to meddle with my toys.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish Essayist, Poet, Novelist)


By depending on the great, The small may rise high. See: the little plant ascending the tall tree Has climbed to the top.

Saskya Pandita (1182-1251, Tibetan Grand Lama of Saskya)


The unexamined life is not worth living.

Socrates (469-399 BC, Greek Philosopher of Athens)


Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose From out night’s gray and cloudy sheath; Softly and still it grows and grows, Petal by petal, leaf by leaf.

Susan Coolidge (1845-1905, American Writer)


We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.

Virginia Satir (American Family Therapist, Lecturer, Trainer, Author)


I will grow. I will become something new and grand, but no grander than I now am. Just as the sky will be different in a few hours, its present perfection and completeness is not deficient, so am I presently perfect and not deficient because I will be different tomorrow. I will grow and I am not deficient.

Wayne Dyer (1940-, American Psychotherapist, Author, Lecturer)


The minute a man ceases to grow, no matter what his years, that minute he begins to be old.

William James (1842-1910, American Psychologist, Professor, Author)

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