Development Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old development quotes, development sayings, and development proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.     

George Bernard Shaw

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.     

T.S. Eliot

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

Calvin Coolidge

Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.     

Bruce Lee

Don't fear failure.  Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.     

Bruce Lee

Develop success from failures.  Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.     

Dale Carnegie

What holds most people back isn't the quality of their ideas, but their lack of faith in themselves. You have to live your life as if you are already where you want to be.     

Russell Simmons

Overcoming all obstacles improves us, develops our natural ability and makes us stronger.     

Sunday Adelaja

Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.     

Ban Ki-moon

We must never be afraid to go too far, for success lies just beyond.     

Marcel Proust

Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back.     

Babe Ruth

The greatest development is achieved during the first years of life, and therefore it is then that the greatest care should be taken. If this is done, then the child does not become a burden; he will reveal himself as the greatest marvel of nature.     

Maria Montessori

To move forward, what's required is a unified space agenda based on exploration, science, development, commerce, and security.     

Buzz Aldrin

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.     

Chinese Proverb

A master lives in the world of transformation, not the world of loss and gain.     

John Frederick Demartini

If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.     

Lord Chesterfield

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.     

Harvey S. Firestone

But until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.     

Stephen R. Covey

Development of outlook naturally begins with a respect for God... Reverence to God and reverence for one's neighbor and reverence for oneself as a servant of God.     

Robert Baden-Powell

Character development is conflict.     

David Macinnis Gill

The development of language is part of the development of the personality, for words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people.     

Maria Montessori

Sustainable development requires human ingenuity. People are the most important resource.     

Dan Shechtman

Never limit oneself based on the limitations of others. If you can not inspire them - leave them to be inspired by your lead.     

Tiffany Luard

All humans change. Development is our life. Transition, in labor, is the most painful time. Without change, there's no growth.     

Mimi Kennedy

Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.     

Herbert Otto

If you aren't making any mistakes, it's a sure sign you're playing it too safe.     

John C. Maxwell

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.     

Paulo Coelho

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.     

Viktor E Frankl

To build yourself is to add value to your life.     

Sunday Adelaja

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.     

Dr. Samuel Johnson