Knowing Oneself Quotes (96 quotes)
Knowing Yourself Quotes and Sayings
It was hard to answer with a specific event or date, but now that I look back, I do remember being very influenced by a little book of quotes. This little book was one of my first introductions to some great thinkers of the world — Thoreau, Gandhi, Jung, Goethe, and many others. These are some special quotes that focus on the challenge and satisfaction of digging deep into your own mind, the trials and tribulations of getting to know yourself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates. A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself. The wise contradict themselves.
Many of our greatest thinkers wrote about the importance of understanding ourselves and living authentically. Well-intentioned parents sometimes try to mold us into who they want us to be, rather than who we really are. Some of us become people-pleasers and some become stoic and cut off from our feelings and inner experiences. Be honest and transparent anyway. The choice to be honest.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Trust your gut. Never be afraid of failure. Only you know yourself best.
One of the greatest and most famous Greek philosophers, Socrates is considered the first moral philosopher and one of the founders of Western philosophy. Socrates wanted to establish an ethical system that would be based on human reason rather than the theological doctrine of the time. He strongly believed that the greatest leaders are the ones who possess knowledge, virtue and a complete understanding of themselves. Although admired during his time, many felt that Socrates threatened their way of life — and soon he was sentenced to death and forced to drink a mixture of poison hemlock. He did this without hesitation, as he did not fear death. He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.
The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action. We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end. Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.