In quoting others, we cite ourselves.

Julio Cortázar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds

If it is not obvious, I am a big quote junkie. Aside from my homepage, a testament to that would be my novels filled with highlighted sentences and phrases. 

When I was in 10th grade, I developed this hobby of always carrying a highlighter whenever I am reading a physical book.  Although I already sold most of my novels to my senior high school friends last year because my dad told me to focus on my college entrance exams, I still have remnants of that “highlighting” phase in the form of three unsold books.

I decided to scan through the three books and saw some highlighted lines that I found the need to share because I think they can help spark self-improvement even though they were not from books that fall under the self-help genre.

Here are the seven quotes that I saw that will likely (or unlikely) spark self-improvement:

From Amy Zhang’s This Is Where the World Ends


Walking away isn’t the hard part. Turning around is.

Most of us have our eyes only on the things we want to achieve not realizing that there are steps needed to be taken to reach it. Oftentimes, we are too busy convincing ourselves to have the courage to walk away from the things that are detrimental to us that we are forgetting that turning around is part of the process and is the first step.

I once read in an article written by Kyler Briscoe that more often than not, instead of a goal, what we have is a vision. The thing that sets the two apart is that goal is synonymous to plan while vision is just a picture.

To improve one’s self, one must have the courage to turn their vision into a goal.


But they’re words, little moments, and they pass.

Like what Abraham Lincoln famously said, “actions speak louder than words”. Although words allow us to feel different emotions such as anger, sadness, and happiness, we must never forget that they pass. Instead of being carried away with words, we must be carried away with actions.

I remember, there was this time when my dad told me a couple of hurtful words. He was fuming mad because I let my dog playfully bite me which resulted to some painful marks on my arms. When I saw how hard he was trying to know if I may have rabies, I realized that he only said those words because he was worried about me.

His worry may not be conveyed by his words but his actions spoke volumes.


Sometimes things get screwed up.

No matter how hard you try to make it work for yourself or other people, sometimes things do not go as planned. Whenever that happens, instead of letting the mistake or shortcoming gobble you up, you must let it strengthen you.

Accept the fact that it happened. Sometimes, we are too busy thinking about resetting the past that we do not make use of our present to better our future.

From Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda


I was just seeing what I wanted to see.

The world is too big for all of us but sometimes we do not see that simply because we are focusing only on what is in front of us or sadly, ourselves. Sometimes, we are too engrossed with the small picture not realizing that it is only part of a bigger one.

When I was in 10th grade, I visited my school’s guidance center for the first time. I went there because the sadness that rooted from failing DSHAPE (DLSU Senior High Admission and Placement Exam) took a toll on my mental health. My adviser learned about the incident and decided to talk to me regarding it.

Although it was three years ago, I still remember the gist of what my adviser told me. It was the fact that failing DSHAPE is only a tiny portion of my life; There are other opportunities left for me to grab and focus my attention on.


Sorry is a completely inadequate word.

The word “sorry” has always been the default word when someone had done something wrong to another person. Although that is the case, it is not enough to just say that 5-letter word. I believe “sorry” is only effective if it is accompanied by change, not guilt.

More often than not, guilt is the reason why most of us apologize to the people we have hurt. Instead of apologizing to lessen the hurt we brought to these people, we apologize to rid ourselves off of the guilt we are feeling.

From Wendelin Van Draanen’s Flipped


Maybe it was all how you looked at it. Maybe there were things I saw as ugly that other people thought were beautiful.

All of us see things differently. The main reason why beauty is considered subjective is because of that fact. Although that is the case, instead of respecting other people’s belief we sometimes tend to shove our own beliefs to them as if one belief holds superiority against others.


But in my heart I knew that just like the new grass, I wasn’t strong enough yet to be walked on. And until I was, there was only one solution: I had to stay away from him. I needed to rope him out of my life.

Oftentimes, most of us are afraid to cut off people in our lives even though they are already detrimental to us. Although we may not fully admit it, sometimes a couple of us let these people stay simply because we feel guilty to push them away.

One thing I learned from being an avid reader on the online platform called Thought Catalog is the fact that it is not selfish to do things for your good. Sometimes, we need to cut off people in our lives if they are not anymore making us feel good about ourselves.


Thank you for reading! I appreciate it a lot.

I hope you learned something from this post. I did not want to seem like a know-it-all but upon reading it, I realized that is how I somehow sounded like. Although that is the case, I still decided to push through with publishing this because I think someone out there might find it helpful and inspirational.

By the way, while I was writing this blog post, I remembered all the novels that I sold. I suddenly miss those novels. Before I never felt sad for giving them up because I know that losing them can help me focus on studying for my college entrance exams but looking back, I should have just hidden them somewhere.

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80 thoughts on “7 Quotes That Will Likely Spark Self-Improvement

  1. I am a quote junkie too, before may notebook pa ko at dun sinusulat kapag nakabasa ako ng magandang quote. I like the # 1 quote “Walking away isn’t the hard part. Turning around is.” Thanks for sharing these wonderful quotes.

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  2. I am a quote junkie too. I joined several Facebook groups that share quotes and messages of hope and inspiration. My favorite one in this post is Quote #2. Nothing is permanent. Everything, no matter how bad they may seem, will pass.

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    1. Aww! That is so cute, Kristine Nicole Alessandra. Although I have never joined Facebook groups that involve quotes, my Pinterest is full of quotes! They tend to be classified according to their themes. Lol!


  3. I always turn to quotes, sayings, and other forms of literature for inspiration on self-improvement! The quote that stuck with me from this list is number 5. I just took Gary Chapman’s 5 languages of apology earlier today. Its really an interesting quiz to take, cause it’ll make you realize that sometimes, saying sorry is not enough; and that we all have different ways of showing apology. The quote you pointed out made me reflect on this again,, that a true apology shouldn’t just end with the words “I’m sorry”. ^_^

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  4. This is a great list of quotes. #7 is my favorite. I agree with you that is okay to cut off people from our lives if they become toxic or have a negative to us. Thank you for sharing this. I wrote this down on my planner as a remember.

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  5. I LOVE THIS. You sound like you are fully-aware and you understand what you say… and you do. 🙂 Looking forward to reading more of these. Stay safe!

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  6. “Maybe it was all how you looked at it. Maybe there were things I saw as ugly that other people thought were beautiful.” This is the quote that hit me the most. I agree that the the word, “beautiful” is subjective, it only depends on how a person perceives it. Just like how we respond on the every highs and lows of our lives- whether we see it as an opportunity or an obstacle.

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  7. There’s a lot I like about what you wrote. Starting with your choice of quotes, I like that they were not all “inspirational” but rather thought-provoking. Really, the idea of seeing only what we want to see has been on my mind lately, so seeing you post a quote about it really reinforced that I have to look into why this idea has been on my mind. Keep sharing your insightful thoughts and findings!


  8. These are beautiful quotes and full of wisdom. They seem so easy to remember but when we are actually in the situation, these just fly away. For example “We only see what we want to see”… We can be full of our prejudices that we see things from our own angle. Others may perceive it differently.

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  9. This post was a treat! I resonated with nos. 5 and 6 the most. The transition from something you’ve been doing for so long to something totally new is always the rockiest, but once it’s over, things more or less start looking up. 🙂 I love this post. Thank you!

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  10. Love these quotes. Sometimes we can listen to the same message over and over, and not really hear it. Occasionally it takes hearing from a different perspective or shift in language to really make us pay attention.

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    1. Wow! I love the way you expressed your thoughts. Your second sentence just gave me some chills. I am surely going to take note of that! Thank you so much, Di Hickman!


  11. Such excellent quotes and amazing insight to accompany them! The one that hit me the hardest was, “But in my heart I knew that just like the new grass, I wasn’t strong enough yet to be walked on.” This is EXACTLY how I have been feeling and now I have the right words to express it. Thank you!

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    1. nicolebuntinggmailcom, I totally agree with you! Words are really powerful. Because of your comment, I remembered that when I was young, I kept a notebook filled with quotes, too!


  12. I like your twist, “Instead of being carried away with words, we must be carried away with actions.” The quotes are collectively memorable. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I like that quote #6 and it is so relevant to my life right now. My friends and I were just making someone on social media to realize her mistake of bashing a young man trying to impersonate a famous actor. My friends and I saw nothing wrong, we found it amusing but this woman was saying all sorts of nasty things against the young man. In this time, making wrongful judgments is the last thing we need to see or hear.

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  14. I’m a big fan of quotes especially those from my favorites! These are great quotes, to be honest, and a great motivator, too. A simple sentence, but a big chunk of learning. By the way, these are two of my favorite films. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Keanu! Frankly speaking, I have never watched the adaptations of two of the books I mentioned. I just cannot seem to find time for them. Lol!


  15. Love quotes too and the “actions speak louder than words” is what my grandmother used to say to me as a child…and it’s still so true today when applied to the real world.

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  16. So much wisdom in both these quotes, but also your take on the meaning! Number 1 is my favorite, because I relate so much. To look back, to come back.., is an act that takes a lot of courage! Thank you for sharing.

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