Self knowledge Quotes


The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.

I think it's good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone.

What's your name,' Coraline asked the cat. 'Look, I'm Coraline. Okay?'
'Cats don't have names,' it said.
'No?' said Coraline.
'No,' said the cat. 'Now you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names.

Coraline

Neil Gaiman

Coraline

The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I'm not going to let myself pull me down anymore.

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

I am my own biggest critic. Before anyone else has criticized me, I have already criticized myself. But for the rest of my life, I am going to be with me and I don't want to spend my life with someone who is always critical. So I am going to stop being my own critic. It's high time that I accept all the great things about me.

There's such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting.

Anne of Green Gables

L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables

I wanted to laugh. Or maybe get mad. Or maybe shrug at how strange everyone was, especially me.

I don't fit into any stereotypes. And I like myself that way.

Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.

Self-knowledge is better than self-control any day," Raquel said firmly. "And I know myself well enough to know how I act around cookies.

Evernight

Claudia Gray

Evernight

I found power in accepting the truth of who I am. It may not be a truth that others can accept, but I cannot live any other way. How would it be to live a lie every minute of your life.

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

Alison Goodman

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

If you're not comfortable enough with yourself or with your own truth when entering a relationship, then you're not ready for that relationship.

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.

Mansfield Park

Jane Austen

Mansfield Park

Love is a combination of care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect and trust.

There is a magnificent, beautiful, wonderful painting in front of you! It is intricate, detailed, a painstaking labor of devotion and love! The colors are like no other, they swim and leap, they trickle and embellish! And yet you choose to fixate your eyes on the small fly which has landed on it! Why do you do such a thing?

You read and write and sing and experience, thinking that one day these things will build the character you admire to live as. You love and lose and bleed best you can, to the extreme, hoping that one day the world will read you like the poem you want to be.

To know a species, look at its fears. To know yourself, look at your fears. Fear in itself is not important, but fear stands there and points you in the direction of things that are important. Don't be afraid of your fears, they're not there to scare you; they're there to let you know that something is worth it.

Learning
To believe you are magnificent. And gradually to discover that you are not magnificent. Enough labor for one human life.

You must remember what you are and what you have chosen to become, and the significance of what you are doing. There are wars and defeats and victories of the human race that are not military and that are not recorded in the annals of history. Remember that while you're trying to decide what to do.

Stoner

John Williams

Stoner

I had the right to remain silent... but I didn't have the ability.

I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.

Try looking into that place where you dare not look! You'll find me there, staring out at you!

Dune

Frank Herbert

Dune

You differ from a great man in only one respect: the great man was once a very little man, but he developed one important quality: he recognized the smallness and narrowness of his thoughts and actions. Under the pressure of some task that meant a great deal to him, he learned to see how his smallness, his pettiness endangered his happiness. In other words, a great man knows when and in what way he is a little man. A little man does not know he is little and is afraid to know. He hides his pettiness and narrowness behind illusions of strength and greatness, someone else's strength and greatness. He's proud of his great generals but not of himself. He admires an idea he has not had, not one he has had. The less he understands something, the more firmly he believes in it. And the better he understands an idea, the less he believes in it.

It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.

A lot of the conflict you have in your life exists simply because you're not living in alignment; you're not be being true to yourself.

If you swim effortlessly in the deep oceans, ride the waves to and from the shore, if you can breathe under water and dine on the deep treasures of the seas; mark my words, those who dwell on the rocks carrying nets will try to reel you into their catch. The last thing they want is for you to thrive in your habitat because they stand in their atmosphere where they beg and gasp for some air.

If you walk on sunlight, bathe in moonlight, breathe in a golden air and exhale a Midas' touch; mark my words, those who exist in the shadows will try to pull you into the darkness with them. The last thing that they want is for you to see the wonder of your life because they can't see theirs.

You only grow when you are alone.

[I]t doesn’t matter whom you love or where you move from or to, you always take yourself with you. If you don’t know who you are, or if you’ve forgotten or misplaced her, then you’ll always feel as if you don’t belong. Anywhere. (xiii)

The most adventurous journey to embark on; is the journey to yourself, the most exciting thing to discover; is who you really are, the most treasured pieces that you can find; are all the pieces of you, the most special portrait you can recognize; is the portrait of your soul.

Never too late to learn some embarrassingly basic, stupidly obvious things about oneself.

Aging    Learning    Life    Self    Self knowledge

Commandment #1: Believe in yourself. Commandment #2: Get over yourself.

Ask not of things to shed their veils. Unveil yourselves, and things will be unveiled.

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.

To understand yourself: Is that a discovery or a creation?

Night Train to Lisbon

Pascal Mercier

Night Train to Lisbon

I call that man awake who, with conscious knowledge and understanding, can perceive the deep unreasoning powers in his soul, his whole innermost strength, desire and weakness, and knows how to reckon with himself.

I don't want to inhabit the human world under false pretenses.

You are not broken. You are not a problem to be solved. Solving your problem, whatever you perceive your problem or problems to be, is not the key to happiness.

To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.

Much of the work of midlife is to tell the difference between those who are dealing with their issues through you and those who are really dealing with you.

A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.

The only part of you that hurts when you're given the truth is the part that lives on lies.

Deep down within the heart there is a stillness which is healing, a trust in the universal laws which is unwavering, and a strength which is rock-like. But because it is so deep we need both patience and perseverance when digging for it.

The thing about traveling alone, is that you run into your insecurities and fears times ten the normal! You run into all the good things and all the bad things about yourself on a daily basis, and are allowed the opportunity to truly become your own friend. Traveling alone is a learning process; some people travel for leisure, I travel to run into myself!

Some girls have to go to college to discover what they are good at; some are born doing what they must without even truly knowing why. I felt a hole in my heart shaped like a dark door I needed to guard.

What do you think will be more effective when it comes to succeeding, believing you can or KNOWING you will? Let today be the last day you took timid steps of belief and start taking confident steps of purpose-driven knowing!

Men have sacrificed and crippled themselves physically and emotionally to feed, house, and protect women and children. None of their pain or achievement is registered in feminist rhetoric, which portrays men as oppressive and callous exploiters.

...you find your genius by looking in the mirror of your life. Your visible image shows your inner truth, so when you're estimating others, what you see is what you get. It therefore becomes critically important to see generously, or you will get only what you see; to see sharply, so that you discern the mix of traits rather than a generalized lump; and to see deeply into dark shadows, or else you will be deceived.

Know yourself fearlessly (even quietly) for all the things you are.

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