Quotes About Self

Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul. – Henry Van Dyke, The Prison and the Angel

I have never met a man who has given me as much trouble as myself. —D. L. Moody

We don’t know who we are until we see what we can do. – Martha Grimes (Author)

We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves. – Jean Guitton

We get so much in the habit of wearing a disguise before others that we eventually appear disguised before ourselves. – Jim Bishop

We sometimes feel that we have been really understood, but it was always long ago, by someone now dead. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

No one beneath you can offend you. No one your equal would. – Jan L. Wells

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability he has. – Confucius Quote

We’re all a little odd beneath the surface. – from the back cover of Forever Odd (Odd Thomas Novels), by Dean Koontz

The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Maybe taking ourselves for somebody else means that we cannot bear to see ourselves as we are. – Albert Brie

As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it. – William Osler

There’s one thing worse than being alone, wishing you were. – Bob Steele

Man is never alone. Acknowledged or unacknowledged, that which dreams through him is always there to support him from within. – Laurence van der Post

The same fence that shuts others out shuts you in. – Bill Copeland

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. – Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson (Enriched Classics)

We visit others as a matter of social obligation. How long has it been since we have visited with ourselves? – Morris Adler

Think positively about yourself…. ask God who made you to keep on remaking you. – Norman Vincent Peale

What we must decide is how we are valuable rather than how valuable we are. – Edgar Z. Friedenberg

Each of us is something of a schizophrenic personality, tragically divided against ourselves. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love

In order to deal with the chaos that exists in the world today, you need some grounding. That grounding best comes from knowing who you are. – Michael Ray

When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death – ourselves. – Eda LeShan

I was right not to be afraid of any thief but myself, who will end by leaving me nothing. – Katherine Anne Porter

Knowing others is intelligence. Knowing yourself is true wisdom. – Lao Tse Quote

No man, for any considerable time, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true. – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude. – Sir Thomas Browne

The only man we have any respect for, is he who uses all the endowment he has, and uses it until he bleeds. – Martin H. Fischer

Until you make peace with you you are, you’ll never be content with what you have. – Doris Mortman

And remember, no matter where you go, there you are. – Confucius

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. if I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning. – Mahatma Gandhi

There are at least two kinds of cowards. One kind always lives with himself, afraid to face the world. The other kind lives with the world, afraid to face himself. – Roscoe Snowden

The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course. – Michelangelo Quote

The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge. – Eckhart

Self-destruction is the effect of cowardice in the highest extreme. – Daniel Defoe

When one is out of touch with oneself, one cannot touch others. – Anne Morrow Lindebergh, Gift from the Sea: 50th Anniversary Edition

My life has been one great big joke,
A dance that’s walked,
A song that’s spoke,
I laugh so hard I almost choke,
When I think about myself.
– Maya Angelou

What other dungeon is so dark as one’s own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one’s self. – Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. – Agnes Repplier

The power inside you is energy amplified. – Claire Todae

In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be the gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy. – Robert Louis Stevenson

We often change jobs, friends, and spouses instead of ourselves.

People often treat us the way we’ve conditioned them to treat us. – S.H.D.

You have to start knowing yourself so well that you begin to know other people. A piece of us is in every person we can ever meet. – John D. MacDonald (Introduction to Night Shift by Steven King)

The words “I am” are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you. – A.L. Kitselman

It’s like, at the end, there’s this surprise quiz: am I proud of me? I gave my life to become the person I am right now! Was it worth what I paid? – Richard Bach

Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man – the biography of the man himself cannot be written. – Mark Twain, in his Autobiography

A man is ever apt to contemplate himself out of all proportion to his surroundings. – Christina G. Rossetti

you may find the worst enemy or best friend in yourself. – English Proverb

People wish to be settled: only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Your soul is all that you possess. Take it in hand and make something of it! – Martin H. Fischer

No sooner do we think we have assembled a comfortable life than we find a piece of ourselves that has no place to fit in. – Gail Sheehy

At this very moment, you may be saying to yourself that you have any number of admirable qualities. You are a loyal friend, a caring person, someone who is smart, dependable, fun to be around. That’s wonderful, and I’m happy for you, but let me ask you this: are you being any of those things to yourself? – Phillip C. McGraw (Dr. Phil) The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom

The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. – is sure to be noticed. – Sickness unto Death: A Christian Psychological Exposition of Edification & Awakening

If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life. – James A. Michener

We are sure to be losers when we quarrel with ourselves; it is civil war. – Charles Caleb Colton

Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past. – H.F. Hedge

Sometimes at night I light a lamp so as not to see. – Antonio Porchia

Be yourself. No one can ever tell you you’re doing it wrong. – James Leo Herlihy

The finest thing in the world is knowing how to belong to oneself. – Michel de Montaigne, Of Solitude

The best vision is insight. – Malcolm S. Forbes Quote

All men are sculptors, constantly chipping away the unwanted parts of their lives, trying to create their idea of a masterpiece. – Eddie Murphy

I feel my body, my mind, weighted down – all is heavy – but my blood, my inner fire, my passion, the little unburdened kid in me, patiently wait to burst free. Some of us die never having burst. – Drew Sirtors

The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual – namely to You. – Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

I loathe the expression “What makes him tick.” It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm. – James Thurber

You are your own judge. The verdict is up to you. – Astrid Alauda

Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book shown to him by heart, and his friends can only read the title. – Virginia Woolf Quote

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; the hardest victory is the victory over self. – Aristotle

Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself. – Leo Tolstoy Quote

No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys. – Doug Horton


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