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Self Knowledge Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Self Knowledge

Please enjoy these Self Knowledge Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

If money is your hope for independence,
you will never have it.
The only real security that
a man can have in this world
is a reserve of knowledge,
experience and ability.
- Henry Ford

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Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control;
these three alone lead one to sovereign power.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred;
it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The deadliest foe to virtue would be complete self-knowledge.
- F. H. Bradley

 

Without self knowledge, without understanding the working
and functions of his machine,
man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he
will always remain a slave.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

In other words, knowledge of the external world begins
with an immediate utilisation of things,
whereas knowledge of self is stopped by this purely
practical and utilitarian contact.
- Jean Piaget

I think that you have to do everything you can do to
empower girls when they are young,
from their education, to their successful independence,
to their sexual self-knowledge.
- Susie Bright

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There's only one effectively redemptive sacrifice,
the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.
- Aldous Huxley

The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one's own mind.
- F. H. Bradley

When I severe my connections with the A.I.A.
I do so with my own self respect, as a matter of pride
and I am sure within your knowledge of my character.
- Ralph Thomas Walker

How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with,
say, my knowledge of my room.
There is no such thing as observation of the inner world,
as there is of the outer world.
- Franz Kafka

If you first fortify yourself with the true knowledge of the Universal Self,
and then live in the midst of wealth and worldliness,
surely they will in no way affect you.
- Ramakrishna

Fear is a question: What are you afraid of,
and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness,
because illness contains information,
your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them.
- Marilyn Ferguson

We read deeply for varied reasons, most of them familiar:
that we cannot know enough people profoundly enough;
that we need to know ourselves better;
that we require knowledge,
not just of self and others, but of the way things are.
- Harold Bloom

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.
- Khalil Gibran

On the basis of biological, sociological,
and historical knowledge, we should recognize that
the individual self is subject to death or decay,
but the sum total of individual achievement,
for better or worse, lives on in the immortality of The Larger.
- Hu Shih

When time and space and change converge,
we find place.
We arrive in Place when we resolve things.
Place is peace of mind and understanding.
Place is knowledge of self.
Place is resolution.
- Abdullah Ibrahim

The intellectual takes as a starting point his self
and relates the world to his own sensibilities;
the scientist accepts an existing field of knowledge
and seeks to map out the unexplored terrain.
- Daniel Bell

There is no self-knowledge but an historical one.
No one knows what he himself is who does not know his fellow men,
especially the most prominent one of the community,
the master's master, the genius of the age.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

All along we find that social life -
religion,
politics, art - reflects the stages reached in the
development of the knowledge of self;
it shows the social uses made of this knowledge.
- James M. Baldwin

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Forgiveness is an act of self-love and respect.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Listen to the compass of your heart.
All you need lies within you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You are a magnificent gift to the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

Weariness comes, on some days, from lack of service to self.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect,
and the absence of ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

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

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
- Joseph Campbell

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I sail the seas of life as the MASTER of my ship.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

No amount of self-improvement can make up
for a lack of self-acceptance.
- Anonymous

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Grin your smile; giggle your laugh; unfurl your joy;
dash the last trace of your self-consciousness;
and cavort your most uninhibited play.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your visions will become clear only
when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.
- Carl Jung

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine.
But you have to forgive yourself.
Let go of what's bitter and move on.
- Bill Cosby

Make your "yes" mean yes,
and your "no" mean no.
- John Wooden

The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?
- Henry David Thoreau

Smile broadly, sing loudly,
paint your rooms in bold colors,
search every rabbit hole
for a magical white bunny,
have caviar for breakfast
and oatmeal for dinner,
wear a purple coat with a red hat -
dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can never really live anyone else's life,
not even your child's.
The influence you exert is through your own life,
and what you've become yourself.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I have a great deal of company in the house,
especially in the morning when nobody calls.
- Henry David Thoreau

To have a friendship with God,
all I really have to do is have
a friendship with my Self.
- Neale Donald Walsch

I'm not a genius.
I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The importance of history is in it's
educational value for our lives today,
not in regret, resentment, or revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserves your love and affection.
- The Buddha

You get what you settle for.
- the character Louise in the movie Thelma and Louise

Don't look for approval from anyone other than yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Other people do not have to change
for us to experience peace of mind.
- Gerald Jampolsky

If you fear making anyone mad,
then you ultimately probe for
the lowest common denominator of human achievement.
- Jimmy Carter

Free-Will is the key to the prison of the mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone thinks of changing the world,
but no one thinks of changing himself.
- Leo Tolstoy

No one is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

Freedom is from within.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The way to develop self-confidence
is to do the thing you fear
and get a record of successful experiences behind you.
- William Jennings Bryan


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