People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.
I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
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.
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 well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.
Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.
Know yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.
One's own self is well hidden from one's own self; of all mines of treasure, one's own is the last to be dug up.
The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man.
For most men, life is a search for the proper Manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.
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