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

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.     

Doug Firebaugh

Let your creative and imaginative mind run freely; it will take you places you never dreamed of and provide breakthroughs that others once thought were impossible.     

Idowu Koyenikan

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.     


Adapting to changes represents an important characteristic of human nature, essential for the development of human society.     

Eraldo Banovac

Development is about transforming the lives of people, not just transforming economies.     

Joseph E. Stiglitz

A successful economic development strategy must focus on improving the skills of the area's workforce, reducing the cost of doing business and making available the resources business needs to compete and thrive in today's global economy.     

Rod Blagojevich

If you learn only methods, you'll be tied to your methods, but if you learn principles you can devise your own methods.     

Ray Bradbury

In our development, as we grow throughout our lives, the structure of our beliefs becomes very complicated, and we make it even more complicated because we make the assumption that what we believe is the absolute truth.     

Don Miguel Ruiz

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

Ronald Osborn

Life is a progression of becoming who we are.     

J.R. Rim

Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves.     

Zig Ziglar

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.     

Muhammad Ali

In order to succeed you must fail so that you know what not to do the next time.     

Anthony J. DeAngelo

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.     

Thomas J. Watson

Development is an endurance exercise with incremental improvements.     

Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Development in general doesn't make you better employee or better manager. Development makes you a better human who is able to invest the best in you to add beauty and meaning to your life and the rest of the world.     

Sameh Elsayed

Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.     

Chinese Proverb

So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can.  Because that's where you will find success. On the far side of failure.     

Thomas J. Watson

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.     

R. Buckminster Fuller

The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.     

Marcel Proust