Self-Discovery Quotations


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.  ~Thomas Szasz, “Personal
Conduct,” The Second Sin, 1973

You have to leave the
city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you’ll
discover will be wonderful.  What you’ll discover is yourself.  ~Alan

Never mind searching for who you are.  Search for the person you
aspire to be.  ~Robert Brault,

Man cannot remake himself
without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.  ~Dr. Alexis

The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as
long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.  ~Julien Green

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the
bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.  ~Anaïs

The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes
purpose.  ~Richard Grant
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the
questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very
foreign tongue.  Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because
you would not be able to live them.  And the point is, to live everything.  Live
the questions now.  Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it,
and live along some distant day into the answer.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke,
Letters to a Young Poet

All men should strive
to learn
before they die
what they are running from, and to, and why.

I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I
am in search of.  ~Michel de Montaigne

If you don’t get lost, there’s
a chance you may never be found.  ~Author Unknown

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.  ~Henry David Thoreau,

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and
returns home to find it.  ~George Moore

It is good to feel
lost… because it proves you have a navigational sense of where “Home” is.  You
know that a place that feels like being found exists.  And maybe your
current location isn’t that place but, Hallelujah, that unsettled, uneasy
feeling of lost-ness just brought you closer to it.  ~Erika Harris,

in the last few years you haven’t discarded a major opinion or acquired a new
one, check your pulse.  You may be dead.  ~Gelett Burgess

is frequently a form of indecision.  ~Elizabeth Bibesco, Haven, 195

Man never knows what he wants; he aspires to penetrate
mysteries and as soon as he has, he wants to reestablish them.  Ignorance
irritates him and knowledge cloys.  ~Amiel, Journal,

The man who views the world at fifty the same as he
did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.  ~Muhammad

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.  ~Wallace

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is
more distant than any star.  ~G.K. Chesterton, “The Logic of Elfland,”
Orthodoxy, 1908

If you resist reading what you
disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe?
The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our
convictions.  ~Author Unknown

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.
~K.T. Jong

I met a lot of people in Europe.  I even encountered
myself.  ~James Baldwin

There are chapters in every life which are
seldom read and certainly not aloud.  ~Carol Shields

To the question
of your life, you are the only answer.  To the problems of your life, you are
the only solution. ~Jo Coudert, Advice From A Failure  (Thanks,

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand
ourselves.  ~Henry David Thoreau

A single event can awaken within us
a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. ~Antoine de
Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942, translated from

In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.  ~Alice

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.
~William Butler Yeats

If you haven’t had at least a slight poetic
crack in the heart, you have been cheated by nature.  ~Phyllis

Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time.
~Timothy Leary

I’ve left Bethlehem
and I feel free…
I’ve left
the girl I was supposed to be
and some day I’ll be born.

Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself, loses
his misery.  ~Matthew Arnold, “Self-Dependence,” Empedocles on Etna, and
Other Poems
, 1852

To dare to live
alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their
bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.  ~Charles
Caleb Colton, Lacon, 1825

No one remains quite
what he was when he recognizes himself.  ~Thomas Mann

one of us has in him a continent of undiscovered character.  Blessed is he who
acts the Columbus to his own soul.  ~Author Unknown

a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either
good or sour inside.  ~Pearl Bailey

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.  ~Mark Twain

He who knows others is learned;
who knows himself is wise.
~Lao-tzu, Tao te

must learn what life is now, not from me, but from life itself; but, if you will
hear an old man’s opinion, I will give it you.  If you think you can temper
yourself into manliness by sitting here over your books, supposing you will grow
into it as a matter of course by a rule of necessity, in the same way as your
body grows old, it is the very silliest fancy that ever tempted a young man into
his ruin.  You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge
yourself one.  Go out into life, you will find your chance there, and only
there.  ~James Anthony Froude, The Nemesis of Faith, 1849, commonly
misattributed to Henry David Thoreau


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