Know Yourself Quotes

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The humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than the deepest search after science.


Know thyself, and thou shalt know the universe.
Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement.

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We don't know who we are until we see what we can do.


A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself.
Don't accept that others know you better than yourself.
Not till we are lost ... do we begin to find ourselves.

losing our way

You may find the worst enemy or best friend in yourself.
— English proverb

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Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
When one is out of touch with oneself, one cannot touch others.
The descent into the depths always seems to precede the ascent.

losing our way

Only he who recognizes his vulnerability is capable of unified action.
You will never understand who you are until you understand who God is.


One recognizes one's course by discovering the paths that stray from it.

life as a journey losing our way

It is as hard to see one's self as to look backwards without turning around.
The most difficult secret for a man to keep is the opinion he has of himself.

human nature

Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.


Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.


Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control,
These three alone lead life to sovereign power.


Know yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.


At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
You can live a lifetime and, at the end of it, know more about other people than you know about yourself.
There's a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves, and it becomes either good or sour inside.
If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.


Man shies away from nothing as from a rendezvous with himself—which makes the entertainment industry what it is.


Men resemble great deserted palaces: the owner occupies only a few rooms and has closed off wings where he never ventures.

mankind the human condition

You have to start knowing yourself so well that you begin to know other people. A piece of us is in every person we can ever meet.
Eventually it comes to you: the thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.
People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself.  But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.

the self

Look not too far afield ... answers lie within. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.


Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.

the self

Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.

flattery introspection

For this is the journey that men make: to find themselves.  If they fail in this, it doesn't matter much what else they find: Money, position, fame, many loves, revenge are all of little consequence, and when the tickets are collected at the end of the ride they are tossed into the bin marked FAILURE.

dignity failure purpose of life