Self Discovery Quotes
There are (83) Self Discovery Quotes on this page.
"People travel to wonder at the height of mountains,
at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of
the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering."
"Be careful - the darkness you see in another's heart might just be a reflection of that which is in your own heart"
~Teachings of the Temple~
"I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief."
"The unexamined life is not worth living."
"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power."
"He who knows others is learned;
He who knows himself is wise."
~Lao-Tzu~ Self discovery quotes
"Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it's dark."
"Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they
show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find
what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly."
~Jonathon Livingston Seagull~
"Little by little, through patience and repeated effort,
the mind will become stilled in the Self."
"The best dreams happen when you’re awake"
"We need to find the courage to say 'NO' to the things
and people that are not serving us if we want to
rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity."
~Barbara De Angelis~ Self discovery quotes
"Your work is to discover your world and then
with all your heart give yourself to it."
"Ninety per cent of the world's woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves -- so how can we know anyone else?"
~Sidney J. Harris~
"I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence,
but it comes from within. It is there all the time."
~Anna Freud, Austrian psychologist~
"A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it."
~Jean de La Fontaine~ Self discovery quotes
"Sometimes the best way to figure out who you are is
to get to that place where you don't have to be anything else."
"The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery.
You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources,
and what it takes to match them to the challenge."
"If you can go through life without experiencing pain
you probably haven’t been born yet."
"No single event can awaken within us a stranger
totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born."
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry~
"Yes, things happen for a reason,
but the key to true happiness is figuring out that reason."
~Sharon Abel~ Self discovery quotes
"We catch frightful glimpses of ourselves in the hostile eyes of others."
"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in
the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
"Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we
have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to
elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death."
"Resolve to be thyself;
and know that he who finds himself,
loses his misery."
"No one is more interesting to anybody than is that
mysterious character we all call me, which is why
self-liberation, self-actualization, self-transcendence,
etc., are the most exciting games in town."
~Robert Wilson~ Self discovery quotes
"You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself."
"To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying "Amen" to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive."
~Robert Louis Stevenson~
"To the question of your life you are the answer,
and to the problems of your life you are the solution."
~Joe Cordare~ Self discovery quotes
"If in the last few years you haven't discarded a major opinion
or acquired a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead."
"All men should strive
to learn before they die
what they are running from, and to, and why."
"I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The
problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want."
~Mark Twain~ Self discovery quotes
"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."
"Everyone is born a king, and most people die in exile."
"Look into the depths of your own soul and learn first to know
yourself, then you will understand why this illness was bound to
come upon you and perhaps you will thenceforth avoid falling ill."
~Sigmund Freud~ Self discovery quotes
"Some people say they haven't yet found themselves. But the
self is not something one finds; it is something one creates."
"After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It's better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life."
"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves."
~Henry David Thoreau~
"I was not born to be force.
I will breathe after my own fashion.
If a plant cannot live according to its nature it dies; and so a man."
~Henry David Thoreau~ Self discovery quotes
"What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
"Man can starve from a lack of self-realization
as much as... from a lack of bread."
"A man travels the world over in search of
what he needs and returns home to find it.
~George Moore~ Self discovery quotes
"Truth hurts - not the searching after; the running from!"
"If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion
which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life."
~James A. Michener~
"In search of my mother's garden, I found my own."
"There are three things extremely hard:
steel, a diamond, and to know one's self."
"The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as
long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart."
~Julien Green~ Self discovery quotes
"I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of."
~Michel de Montaigne~
"He who has an opinion of his own,
but depends on the opinion and tastes of others, is a slave."
~Friedrich G. Klopstock, German poet~
"There comes a time in the seeker's life when he discovers
that he is at once the lover and the beloved. The aspiring
soul which he embodies is the lover in him. And the
transcendental Self which he reveals from within is his Beloved."
~Sri Chinmoy~ Self discovery quotes
"Know thyself?" If I knew myself, I'd run away."
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe~
"No one has ever learned fully to know themselves."
~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe~
"Never mind searching for who you are.
Search for the person you aspire to be."
"If you aren't sure who you are,
you might as well work on who you want to be."
"Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself,
to become what he potentially is. The most important
product of his effort is his own personality."
~Erich Fromm~ Self discovery quotes
"Your vision will come clear only when you can look into your
own heart. Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside, awakes."
"You can live a lifetime and at the end of it,
know more about other people than you know about yourself."
~Beryl Markham~ Self discovery quotes
"One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego;
the self is more distant than any star."
"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into
the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover
will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself."
~Alan Alda~ Self discovery quotes
"The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose."
"To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since
there are many who had rather meet their bitterest
enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet."
~Charles Caleb Colton~
"It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy."
~Lucille Ball~ Self discovery quotes
"The man who views the world at fifty the same as
he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life."
"Your distress about life might mean you have been living
for the wrong reason, not that you have no reason for living."
~Tom O'Connor~ Self discovery quotes
"One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better."
"It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts."
"It's not only the most difficult thing to
know one's self, but the most inconvenient."
"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."
~Nelson Mandela~ Self discovery quotes
"No one remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself."
"Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the
huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at
the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the
stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering."
"For souls in growth, great quarrels are great emancipators."
~Logan P. Smith~
"It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling."
~Robert M. Pirsig~
"One's own self is well hidden from one's own self;
of all mines of treasure, one's own is the last to be dug up."
~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche~
"In order to judge properly, one must get away somewhat
from what one is judging, after having loved it. This
is true of countries, of persons, and of oneself."
"No man can teach another self-knowledge. He can only
lead him or her up to self-discovery - the source of truth."
~Barry Long~ Self discovery quotes
"God, why do I storm heaven for answers that are
already in my heart? Every grace I need has already
been given me. Oh, lead me to the Beyond within."
"There is deep wisdom within our very flesh,
if we can only come to our senses and feel it."
~Elizabeth A. Behnke~
"Few people know so clearly what they want. Most people can't
even think what to hope for when they throw a penny in a fountain."
~Barbara Kingsolver~ Self discovery quotes
"Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed,
but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier."
"You will recognize your own path when you come
upon it, because you will suddenly have all the
energy and imagination you will ever need."
"The self is only that which it is in the process of becoming."
~Kirkegaard~ Self discovery quotes
"If we make a couple of discoveries here and there we need not believe things will go on like this for ever. Just as we hit water when we dig in the earth, so we discover the incomprehensible sooner or later."
~Georg C. Lichtenberg~
"The only difference between us is that I am aware of my
natural state, while you are bemused.... We discover it
by being earnest, by searching, enquiring, questioning
daily and hourly, by giving one's life to this discovery."
"Your power and light is within you, look inward towards yourself."
~Daniella Kessler~ Self discovery quotes
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