A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly
The unexamined life is not worth living.
We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or other people's models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.
Know the enemy and know yourself.
We read books to find out who we are.
The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.
The proper study of Mankind is Man.
A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel... is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
Know thyself, or at least keep renewing the acquaintance.
Knowest thou not the beauty of thine own face? Quit this temper that leads thee to war with thyself.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Be thou what thou singly art and personate only thyself. Swim smoothly in the stream of thy nature and live but one man.
If thou art master to thyself, circumstances shall harm thee little.
If thou suffer injustice, console thyself; the true unhappiness is in doing it.
Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Absolve me, teach me, purify me, strengthen me: take me to Thyself, that I may be Thine and Thine only.
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