Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
Mistakes are a part of the dues one pays for a full life.
Never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.
A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
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.
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 end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
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.
Look into the depths of your own soul and learn first to know yourself, then you will understand why this illness was bound to come upon you and perhaps you will thenceforth avoid falling ill.
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.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.
In search of my mother's garden, I found my own.
I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.
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.
We read books to find out who we are.
If you can go through life without experiencing pain you probably haven't been born yet.
Resolve to be thyself: and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.