Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.
"Know thyself?" If I knew myself, I'd run away.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If in the last few years you haven't discarded a major opinion
or acquired a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead.
I define comfort as self-acceptance. When we finally learn
that self-care begins and ends with ourselves, we no longer
demand sustenance and happiness from others.
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
Henry David Thoreau
You are in control of your life. Don't ever forget that. You
are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious
choices you have made.
The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at
twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
It is the habitual thought that frames itself into our life.
It affects us even more than our intimate social relations
do. Our confidential friends have not so much to do in shaping
our lives as the thoughts which we harbour.
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the
huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions
of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
As a man thinks, so is he.
Proverbs 23, verse 7.
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.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged
to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him discover
whats within himself.
We catch frightful glimpses of ourselves in the hostile eyes
The Neurotic's Notebook.
One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self
is more distant than any star.
There, but for me, go I.
We should every night call ourselves to an account; What infirmity
have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation
resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abort of themselves
if they be brought every day to the shrift.
To the question of your life you are the answer, and to the
problems of your life you are the solution.
The chains of our habits are too light to feel until they
are too heavy to be broken.
It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily
existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that
life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps
of our hearts.
It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but
the most inconvenient one, too.
Our imagination is more powerful than knowledge.
Man can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as...
from a lack of bread.
God, why do I storm heaven for answers that are already in
my heart? Every grace I need has already been given me. Oh,
lead me to the Beyond within.
Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it's dark.
If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you dream it,
you can become it.
William Arthur Ward
Oh! that you could turn your eyes towards the napes of your
necks, and make but an interior survey of your good selves.
Every one of us has in him a continent of undiscovered character.
Blessed is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul.
"Know thyself" - a maxim as pernicious as it is
odious. A person observing himself would arrest his own development.
Any caterpillar who tried to "know himself" would
never become a butterfly.