The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.
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.
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
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.
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.
Man never knows what he wants; he aspires to penetrate mysteries and as soon as he has, wants to re-establish them. Ignorance irritates him and knowledge cloys.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
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.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
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.
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.
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.