Whether you struggle with a mental health condition like anxiety or depression on a daily basis or experience the occasional bad day, chances are there are times when you need an emotional boost. While talking to friends, family and professionals can be quite helpful, sometimes absorbing a little written inspiration is all you need to turn your mood around.
So we've rounded up a bunch of super inspiring self-improvement quotes from people we admire that'll not only motivate you to love and accept yourself just as you are, but inspire you to be a better version of yourself. After all, you can be a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time!
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"Be the change you want to see in the world." —Mahatma Gandhi.
“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.” —Paulo Coelho
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, blame. The gift is yours — it is an amazing journey, and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins." —Bob Moawad
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
"If you can’t fly then run. If you can’t run then walk. But whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."
—Martin Luther King Jr.
“Turn your demons into art, your shadow into a friend, your fear into fuel, your failures into teachers, your weaknesses into reasons to keep fighting. Don't waste your pain. Recycle your heart.”
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
"Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step.”
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim."
“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!”
—T. Harv Eker
"If you talk about it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s possible. But if you schedule it, it’s real."
“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
“Make the most of yourself….for that is all there is of you.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done."
“No matter what the situation is…close your eyes and think of all the things you could be grateful for in your life right now.”
"As bad as it was, I learned something about myself. That I could go through something like that and survive.”
“Love yourself unconditionally, just as you love those closest to you despite their faults.”
“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you've come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”
"If you do not have peace, it is not because someone stole it; It’s because you let her go. You can not always control what happens to you, but you can control what happens to you inside of you."
—John C. Maxwell
"As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world-what is a myth of the atomic age-as it does in being able to remake ourselves."
"Have the courage to follow your intuition and heart. Somehow they know what you really want to be. Everything else is secondary."
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind."
“I am, indeed, a practical dreamer. My dreams are not airy nothings. I want to convert my dreams into realities as far as possible.”
"If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude."
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.”
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
—Harriet Beecher Stowe
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