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Don’t Look Back Quotes: TAoL’s BEST Quotes on Moving Forward

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

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My TOP 36 Don't Look Back Quotes

These don't look back quotes come from The Art of Living's growing central library of thoughts, anecdotes, notes, and inspirational quotes.

Here are my top 36 don't look back quotes of all time...

1. "The most important work you will ever do is always ahead of you. It is never behind you. You should always be expanding and deepening your commitment to that work. Retirement is a false concept. You may retire from a job, but never retire from meaningful projects and contributions." - Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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2. "So attend carefully to your posture. Quit drooping and hunching around. Speak your mind… Walk tall and gaze forthrightly ahead." - Jordan B. Peterson

Jordan B. Peterson (born 12 June 1962) is a Canadian clinical psychologist, YouTube personality, author, and professor emeritus of psychology, most widely known for his book 12 Rules for Life.

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3. "Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!”" - Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn: Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!”

Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian, recognised as both a film and fashion icon.

This quote reminds us that "impossible" is just a label for things we just don't know how to do yet.

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4. "You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill: You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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5. "A quitter never wins and a winner never quits." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill: A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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6. "When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness." - Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer and a developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

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7. "The best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today's work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future." - Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer and a developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

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8. "Let's not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Remember "Life is too short to be little"." - Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer and a developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

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9. "When you are complaining, you become a living, breathing “crap magnet.”" - T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker (born June 10, 1954) is an author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation and his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

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10. "The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney

Walt Disney: The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Walt Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, writer, voice actor, and film producer who holds the record for most Academy Awards earned and nominations by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations.

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11. "Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself." - James Allen

James Allen: Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself.

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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12. "Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!”" - James Allen

James Allen: Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!”

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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13. "Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill: Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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14. "Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz: Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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15. "Look at things not as they are, but as they can be. Visualization adds value to everything. A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future. He isn't stuck with the present." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz: Look at things not as they are, but as they can be. Visualization adds value to everything. A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future. He isn't stuck with the present.

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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16. "Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can't, cannot." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz: Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can't, cannot.

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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17. "Look at things as they can be, not as they are." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz: Look at things as they can be, not as they are.

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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18. "If you want to help the poor, demonstrate to them that they can become rich; prove it by getting rich yourself." - Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace D. Wattles was an American New Thought writer whose writing has been widely quoted and remains in print in the New Thought and self-help movements.

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19. "There is abundance of opportunity for the man who will go with the tide, instead of trying to swim against it." - Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace D. Wattles was an American New Thought writer whose writing has been widely quoted and remains in print in the New Thought and self-help movements.

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20. "Do all the work you can do, every day, and do each piece of work in a perfectly successful manner; put the power of success, and the purpose to get rich, into everything that you do." - Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace D. Wattles was an American New Thought writer whose writing has been widely quoted and remains in print in the New Thought and self-help movements.

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21. "Abraham Lincoln's principle for greatness can be adopted by nearly all. This was his rule: Whatsoever he had to do at all, he put his whole mind into it and held it all there until that was all done." - Russell H. Conwell

Russell H. Conwell was an American Baptist minister, lawyer, and writer best known for founding Temple University and his inspirational lecture, Acres of Diamonds.

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22. "The Four Agreements are: 1. Be impeccable with your word; 2. Don’t take anything personally; 3. Don’t make assumptions; and 4. Always do your best." - Miguel Ruiz

Miguel Ruiz is a Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts.

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23. "If someone is not treating you with love and respect, it is a gift if they walk away from you. If that person doesn't walk away, you will surely endure many years of suffering with him or her. Walking away may hurt for a while, but your heart will eventually heal. Then you can choose what you really want. You will find that you don't need to trust others as much as you need to trust yourself to make the right choices." - Miguel Ruiz

Miguel Ruiz is a Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts.

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24. "I will no longer allow anyone to manipulate my mind and control my life in the name of love." - Miguel Ruiz

Miguel Ruiz is a Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts.

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25. "God is life. God is life in action. The best way to say, "I love you, God," is to live your life doing your best. The best way to say, "Thank you, God," is by letting go of the past and living in the present moment, right here and now. Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. When you surrender and let go of the past, you allow yourself to be fully alive in the moment. Letting go of the past means you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now." - Miguel Ruiz

Miguel Ruiz is a Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts.

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26. "If you live in a past dream, you don't enjoy what is happening right now because you will always wish it to be different than it is. There is no time to miss anyone or anything because you are alive. Not enjoying what is happening right now is living in the past and being only half alive. This leads to self pity, suffering and tears." - Miguel Ruiz

Miguel Ruiz is a Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts.

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27. "Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!" - Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor E. Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor best known for his book Man's Search for Meaning.

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28. "To suffer unnecessarily is masochistic rather than heroic." - Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor E. Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor best known for his book Man's Search for Meaning.

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29. "The pessimist resembles a man who observes with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a man who removes each successive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after first having jotted down a few diary notes on the back." - Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor E. Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor best known for his book Man's Search for Meaning.

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30. "The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times." - Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist whose novel, The Alchemist, has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide and is the all-time best-selling book by a Brazilian writer.

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31. "Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." - Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist whose novel, The Alchemist, has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide and is the all-time best-selling book by a Brazilian writer.

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32. "Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment." - Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman (born January 10, 1938) is an American author and radio talk show host best known for his best selling book, The 5 Love Languages, and its follow up series.

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33. "I am amazed by how many individuals mess up every new day with yesterday. They insist on bringing into today the failures of yesterday, and in so doing, they pollute a potentially wonderful present." - Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman (born January 10, 1938) is an American author and radio talk show host best known for his best selling book, The 5 Love Languages, and its follow up series.

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34. "Love doesn’t keep a score of wrongs. Love doesn’t bring up past failures. None of us is perfect. In marriage we do not always do the right thing. We have sometimes done and said hurtful things to our spouses. We cannot erase the past. We can only confess it and agree that it was wrong. We can ask for forgiveness and try to act differently in the future. Having confessed my failure and asked forgiveness, I can do nothing more to mitigate the hurt it may have caused my spouse. When I have been wronged by my spouse and she has painfully confessed it and requested forgiveness, I have the option of justice or forgiveness. If I choose justice and seek to pay her back or make her pay for her wrongdoing, I am making myself the judge and her the felon. Intimacy becomes impossible. If, however, I choose to forgive, intimacy can be restored. Forgiveness is the way of love." - Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman (born January 10, 1938) is an American author and radio talk show host best known for his best selling book, The 5 Love Languages, and its follow up series.

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35. "Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it." - Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman is an Israeli-American psychologist and economist notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize.

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36. "Take the time to think. Discover your real reason for being here and then have the courage to act on it." - Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma is a Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series.

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Arthur Worsley
I founded TAoL to discover and share the best wisdom on how to live long and prosper. Before that I studied Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology at Oxford and consulted at McKinsey. Still curious? Learn more or take my FREE productivity quiz.

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