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61 Quotes about Focusing on Yourself, for Yourself

Dayna Remus
Sep 30, 2022
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Focusing on our own needs and wants is vital to creating a better life for ourselves and those around us. Read these 61 quotes below to discover how to do just this.

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Some of us find it easier to focus on other peoples' businesses and lives because it distracts us from our own problems. From gossip to comparing ourselves to constantly helping out, we neglect our dreams and duties.

Focusing on oneself is not only a way to get further ahead in life; it can also teach us self-love, away from all the noise of other individuals' issues and successes. Sometimes, the more time we spend looking in the mirror, the better. The following 61 quotes will remind you how to put your priorities back into focus.

Eleanor Roosevelt's quote: "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." | Image: AmoDays

Eleanor Roosevelt's quote: "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." | Image: AmoDays

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Quotes on Minding Your Own Business

"There is nothing more provocative than minding your own business." — William S. Burroughs

"If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does." — Lewis Carroll

"It's better to have your nose in a book than in someone else's business." — Adam Stanley

"Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do." — Gautama Buddha

"Keep your nose out of another's mess." — Danish Proverb

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Ann Landers’ quote: "Make somebody happy today. Mind your own business." | Image: AmoDays

Ann Landers’ quote: "Make somebody happy today. Mind your own business." | Image: AmoDays

"Cultivate your own garden and let go of your tendency to examine and judge how others cultivate theirs. Catch yourself in moments of gossip about how others ought to be living and rid yourself of thoughts about how they should be doing it this way or how they have no right to live and think as they do. Stay busy and involved in your own projects and pursuits." — Wayne Dyer

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"Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns." — Plato

"Make somebody happy today. Mind your own business." — Ann Landers

"Sweep in front of your own door." — German Proverb

Edmond Mbiaka’s quote: "While you are too busy minding other people's business, who is busy minding yours?" | Image: AmoDays

Edmond Mbiaka’s quote: "While you are too busy minding other people's business, who is busy minding yours?" | Image: AmoDays

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"Mind your own business. But love your neighbor as yourself." — David C. Hill

"If you mind your own business, you'll stay busy all the time." — Hank Williams Jr

"While you are too busy minding other people's business, who is busy minding yours?" — Edmond Mbiaka

"When everyone minds his own business, the work is done." — Danish Proverb

 Martha Graham’s quote: "What people in the world think of you is really none of your business." | Image: AmoDays

Martha Graham’s quote: "What people in the world think of you is really none of your business." | Image: AmoDays

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"To mind your own business incorporates the whole duty of man." — Brigham Young

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." — Eleanor Roosevelt

"Ninety percent of all human wisdom is the ability to mind your own business." — Robert A. Heinlein

"What people in the world think of you is really none of your business." — Martha Graham

Quotes about Staying in Your Own Lane

"The most challenging aspect of living is staying in your lane." ― T.F. Hodge

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Ava DuVernay’s quote: "When you're in your own lane, there's no traffic." | Image: AmoDays

Ava DuVernay’s quote: "When you're in your own lane, there's no traffic." | Image: AmoDays

"I know what I can do; I know who I am. I just stay in my own lane." — Danny Garcia

"Stay in your lane. If you're good enough, people will move to you." — Russell Simmons

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"Never change for the mainstream—stay in your lane, and if you're talented and resilient enough, the mainstream will come to you." — Russell Simmons

"Don't be minding other people's spiritual business. Stay in your car. In your lane. On your road. In your world." — Iyanla Vanzant

"Don't be eager to run with crowds; stay in your lane." — Big Krit

 Big Krit’s quote: "Don't be eager to run with crowds; stay in your lane." | Image: AmoDays

Big Krit’s quote: "Don't be eager to run with crowds; stay in your lane." | Image: AmoDays

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"You don't have to stay in your lane when it comes to friendship or ideas." — Will.I.Am

"I don't worry about timings or what somebody else is doing in another lane." — Hima Das

"Keep calm and stay in your lane." — Mary Covert

"Stay in your lane and shine for God!" — Bomi Jolly

"Each spiritual journey has a right to its own fulfillment. We must learn how to stay in our lane." — T.F. Hodge

Danny Garcia’s quote: "I know what I can do; I know who I am. I just stay in my own lane." | Image: AmoDays

Danny Garcia’s quote: "I know what I can do; I know who I am. I just stay in my own lane." | Image: AmoDays

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"When you're in your own lane, there's no traffic." — Ava DuVernay

"We shine our brightest for God when we stay in our own lane." — Bomi Jolly

"I just stay in my own lane and not worry about what anyone else is doing and settling my own pace." — Roddy Ricch

Quotes about Focusing on Yourself

"Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others." — Parker Palmer

"The more you focus on yourself, the less you care about...[the stuff] around you." — Nitin Namdeo

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Ritu Ghatourey’s quote: "Real change will come when you focus on yourself." | Image: AmoDays

Ritu Ghatourey’s quote: "Real change will come when you focus on yourself." | Image: AmoDays

"If you are really humble, you will put yourself first when you need to take care of yourself." — Bryant McGill

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"Friendship with one's self is all important because without it; one can not be friends with anyone else in the world." — Eleanor Roosevelt

"Find yourself first, like yourself first, love yourself first, and friendship and love will naturally find you." — Mandy Hale

"The more you are like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique." — Walt Disney

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those minds don't matter and those who matter don't mind." — Bernard Brauch

Brene Brown’s quote: "Talk to yourself like you would someone you love." | Image: AmoDays

Brene Brown’s quote: "Talk to yourself like you would someone you love." | Image: AmoDays

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"Whenever you feel compelled to put others first at the expense of yourself, you are denying your own reality, your own identity." — David Stafford

"In the journey of finding love, I focus on having a great relationship with myself first." — Angel Moreira

"When you shift your attention to yourself, there are countless opportunities to explore." — Nitin Namdeo

"Real change will come when you focus on yourself." — Ritu Ghatourey

"Always remember, your focus determines your reality." — George Lucas

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Walt Disney’s quote: "The more you are like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique." | Image: AmoDays

Walt Disney’s quote: "The more you are like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique." | Image: AmoDays

"Talk to yourself like you would someone you love." — Brene Brown

"If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else." — Marvin Gaye

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"To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness." — Robert Morley

"You've sacrificed too much for others. Now do the same for yourself." — Mitta Xinindlu

"Never underestimate the fact that loving others is a choice, but loving yourself is a responsibility." — Germany Kent

Marvin Gaye’s quote: "If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else." | Image: AmoDays

Marvin Gaye’s quote: "If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else." | Image: AmoDays

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Stop Comparing Yourself to Others Quotes

"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you." — Lao Tzu

"Comparison kills creativity and joy." — Brene Brown

"My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be." — Dr. Wayne Dyer

"Look in the mirror rather than at your neighbor." — Frank Sonnenberg

Suzy Kassem’s quote: "Every flower blooms at a different pace." | Image: AmoDays

Suzy Kassem’s quote: "Every flower blooms at a different pace." | Image: AmoDays

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"Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle or your middle to someone else's end. Don't compare the start of your second quarter of life to someone else's third quarter." —Tim Hiller

"You are not required to perform like them; you are required to perform like you." — Bangambiki Habyarimana

"The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." — Steven Furtick

"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost." — Dalai Lama XIV

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"Whatever your passion is, keep doing it. Don't waste time chasing after success or comparing yourself to others. Every flower blooms at a different pace." — Suzy Kassem

 Steven Furtick’s quote: "The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." | Image: AmoDays

Steven Furtick’s quote: "The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." | Image: AmoDays

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"Forget about trying to compete with someone else. Create your own pathway. Create your own new vision." — Herbie Hancock

"You don't have to live up to anyone else's standards, you don't have to look like anyone else, you don't have to compare yourself to anyone else." — Lizzie Velasquez

"Comparison is the most poisonous element in the human heart because it destroys ingenuity and it robs peace and joy." — Euginia Herlihy

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." — Oscar Wilde

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Herbie Hancock’s quote: "Forget about trying to compete with someone else. Create your own pathway. Create your own new vision." | Image: AmoDays

Herbie Hancock’s quote: "Forget about trying to compete with someone else. Create your own pathway. Create your own new vision." | Image: AmoDays

Of course, focusing on ourselves, especially in the age of social media, can be a challenging task. However, sometimes deactivating our accounts, at least temporarily, can help us stop comparing our lives to everyone's seemingly perfect life.

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Secondly, it can help us waste less time scrolling through whatever platforms we are on and instead focus on ourselves and what we need to do to get where we want. You can always reactivate the accounts once you feel you can handle the barrage of photoshopped weddings and exotic holidays.

However, sometimes we must completely cut off toxic aspects of our lives, whether it's social media, a person, or a situation. Read these 44 quotes about burning bridges to illuminate your future.

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