There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
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.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.
Resolve to be thyself: and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.
Tell me how you read and I'll tell you who you are.
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.
Tell me who you walk with, and I'll tell you who you are.
The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man.
Know yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.
Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.
Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?
The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure about you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.
Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.
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.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.
It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through.
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