Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
If you don't know yourself, you don't know your nature. If you don't know your nature, you don't know where to exist. By knowing your nature, knowing yourself, you know what to be and how to live. And that only comes from knowledge of self, knowing yourself.
The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
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.
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.
A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
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.
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.
Do you know how powerful you are?
I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.
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.
Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do.
You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.
It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.
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.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
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.
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