The “BANG”

Aristotle - Greek philosopher

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

Harry Edwards - American sociologist and civil rights activist

We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.

Maria Montessori - Italian physician and educator 

Development is a series of rebirths.

Deepak Chopra - Indian-American author and alternative-medicine advocate 

Awareness is all about restoring your freedom to choose what you want instead of what your past imposes on you.

Dan Millman - American author and lecturer in the personal development field  

Life comes at us in waves. We can't predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf.

Plato - Athenian philosopher 

The first and greatest victory is to conquer self.

Rumi - Poet 

The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.

Roy T. Bennett - Author 

Sometimes you have to lose all you have to find out who you truly are. 

Confucius - Chinese philosopher and politician 

We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one. 

Roy T. Bennett - Author 

Changing your outside world cannot make you happy if you are an unhappy person. The real personal change can only happen from the inside out. If you firstly create the change within yourself, you can turn your life around. 

Malcolm X - African American Muslim minister  

Why am I as I am? To understand that of any person, his whole life, from birth must be reviewed. All of our experiences fuse into our personality. Everything that ever happened to us is an ingredient.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche - Philosopher  

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. 

Anonymous

The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you’re no longer willing to stay where you are.

C.S. Lewis - British writer and lay theologian 

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. 

St. John of the Cross ( Dark Night of the Soul ) - Spanish Catholic priest, mystic

In an obscure night
Fevered with love's anxiety
I went, none seeing me
Forth from my house,
where all things quiet be.

Kevin Michel - Author

To shift your life in a desired direction, you must powerfully shift your subconscious.

Jim Rohn - American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker 

If you don’t like where you are, then move! You’re not a tree.  

Marcel Proust - French novelist, critic, and essayist 

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

Joseph Campbell - American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion.

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

Joseph Campbell - American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion.

If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path.

Stephen King - American author

The scariest moment is always just before you start.

Eknath Easwaran - Indian-born spiritual teacher, author, as well as a translator and interpreter of Indian religious texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads

Lasting change happens when people see for themselves that a different way of life is more fulfilling than their present one.

Ken Wilber - American philosopher and writer on transpersonal psychology and his own integral theory, a systematic philosophy which suggests the synthesis of all human knowledge and experience 

The adventure of awakening is among the most universal of human dramas.

Alan Cohen  - Author

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.

Alan Cohen  - Author

Scared and sacred are spelled with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root word as awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation.

Marie Forleo - American entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author

Nearly two decades later, I can say that the only thing that allowed me to take that leap was because a deeper, wiser part of me believed that somehow I’d be able to figure it out.

Marie Forleo - American entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author

In order to change ourselves, we must first believe we can.

Robert Biswas-Diener - Positive psychologist, author and instructor at Portland State University

Interestingly, the very experience of fear itself is the tip-off moment, the signal that a possibility for action is opening up and so a choice needs to be made.

David Brooks - Political and cultural commentator who writes for The New York Times

Recovering from suffering is not like recovering from a disease. Many people don’t come out healed; they come out different.

Joseph Campbell - American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.

T. Harv Eker - Author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation

If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.

Friedrich Nietzsche - German philosopher, whose critiques of contemporary culture, religion, and philosophy centered on a basic question regarding the foundation of values and morality

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

Joseph Campbell - American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

Viktor Frankl - Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor

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

Seneca - Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and—in one work—satirist from the Silver Age of Latin literature

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.

Martin Elias Pete Seligman - American psychologist, educator, and author of self-help books

Pessimistic labels lead to passivity, whereas optimistic ones lead to attempts to change. 

George Burr Leonard - American writer, editor, and educator who wrote extensively about education and human potential

Education is... doing anything that changes you.

Nathaniel Branden - Canadian–American psychotherapist and writer known for his work in the psychology of self-esteem

The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.

Abraham Harold Maslow - American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization

What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.

Maxwell Maltz - American cosmetic surgeon and author of Psycho-Cybernetics, which was a system of ideas that he claimed could improve one's self-image leading to a more successful and fulfilling life

Our self image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become.

Ralph Waldo Emerson - American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century

When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something.

Ralph Waldo Emerson - American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century

People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson - American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson - American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

Maxwell Maltz - American cosmetic surgeon and author of Psycho-Cybernetics, which was a system of ideas that he claimed could improve one's self-image leading to a more successful and fulfilling life

You will act like the sort of person you conceive yourself to be.

Maxwell Maltz - American cosmetic surgeon and author of Psycho-Cybernetics, which was a system of ideas that he claimed could improve one's self-image leading to a more successful and fulfilling life

It is no exaggeration to say that every human being is hypnotized to some extent either by ideas he has uncritically accepted from others or ideas he has repeated to himself or convinced himself are true. These negative ideas have exactly the same effect upon our behavior as the negative ideas implanted into the mind of a hypnotized subject by a professional hypnotist.

Maxwell Maltz - American cosmetic surgeon and author of Psycho-Cybernetics, which was a system of ideas that he claimed could improve one's self-image leading to a more successful and fulfilling life

Times will change for the better when you change.

William Glasser - American psychiatrist 

To become more effective, you must learn what these people have learned: how you feel is not controlled by others or events. You are not the physical or psychological slave of your parents, husband, wife, child, boss, the economy, or anything else unless you choose to be. 

Daniel Jay Millman - American author and lecturer in the personal development field

Everyone tells you what's good for you. They don't want you to find your own answers. They want you to believe theirs.

John Calvin Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership

We cannot become what we need by remaining what we are.

Wayne Walter Dyer - American self-help and spiritual author and a motivational speaker

Once you can change your thoughts, your new feelings will begin to emerge, and you will have taken the first step on the road to your personal freedom.

Trevor Moawad - Renowned Mental Conditioning expert and strategic advisor to some of the world's most elite performers

Lastly, to my father, thank you for the life you lived and the example you set for me. I love you. I close with one of your famous teachings. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it said better. “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, or blame. The gift is yours—it is an amazing journey—and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.” 

Vernon Linwood Howard - American spiritual teacher, author, and philosopher

To change what you get you must change who you are.

Eckhart Tolle - Spiritual teacher and best-selling author. the tower

Awareness is the greatest agent for change.

Eric Butterworth - Best-selling author of 16 books and a prominent leader in the Unity and New Thought movements

We don't change what we are, we change what we think what we are.

Carlos Castaneda - American author. Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, particularly with a group whose lineage descended from the Toltecs

You are like you are, because you tell yourself that you are that way.

Lao Tzu - Ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

Debbie Ford - American self-help author, coach, lecturer and teacher, most known for The New York Times best-selling book, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, which aimed to help readers overcome their shadow side with the help of modern psychology and spiritual practices

Your life will be transformed when you make peace with your shadow. The caterpillar will become a breathtakingly beautiful butterfly. You will no longer have to pretend to be someone you're not. You will no longer have to prove you're good enough. When you embrace your shadow you will no longer have to life in fear. Find the gifts of your shadow and you will finally revel in all the glory of your true self. Then you will have the freedom to create the life you have always desired.

Denis E. Waitley - American motivational speaker, writer and consultant

Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.

Denis E. Waitley - American motivational speaker, writer and consultant

You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler.

Bill Harris - Involved in personal development for nearly 40 years as a seeker, teacher, public speaker, author, musician, composer, therapist, workshop leader, and business owner

Personal evolution takes time and work.

Todd Henry - Author, international speaker, consultant, and advisor

A lifetime of mediocrity is a high price to pay for safety.

Brent Kessel - Founder and CEO of Abacus Wealth Partners, which provides fee-only, comprehensive financial advice to help individuals, families and foundations expand what's possible with money

Ninety-nine percent of people will die having not examined their conditioning and beliefs in a meaningful way.

William James was an American philosopher, historian, and psychologist, and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States

The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be.

Ariane de Bonvoisin - Author, speaker, entrepreneur and an expert on change

Believe that the only reason change happens is to make your life better, and your life will be better.

Ariane de Bonvoisin - Author, speaker, entrepreneur and an expert on change

Don’t fight the reality that now exists in your life. Once we accept that we can’t control the external events, people, and circumstances in our lives, we also see what we can control: our attitude, how we embrace change, and our reactions to change.

Stephen Covey - American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.

James Clear - Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits, which has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide

When you can’t win by being better, you can win by being different.

Peter Drucker - Austrian management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation

If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.

Amy Cuddy - American social psychologist, author and speaker. She is known for her promotion of "power posing", a controversial self-improvement technique whose scientific validity has been questioned

All changes… have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.

Robin Sharma - Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series. Sharma worked as a litigation lawyer until age 25, when he self-published MegaLiving, a book on stress management and spirituality

Sustained change only happens when we shift at an emotional rather than logical level.

Robin Sharma - Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series. Sharma worked as a litigation lawyer until age 25, when he self-published MegaLiving, a book on stress management and spirituality

Life's had to break you down so you could be rebuilt.

Matthew Kelly - One of the great thought leaders of our time. His enormous success as an author, speaker, and business consultant is the result of his comprehensive worldview which springs forth from the single idea that we are each here to become the-very-best-version-of-ourselves

We become the stories we listen to. But perhaps the more important question is, what stories do you listen to? What stories are forming your life?