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Self quotes (105)

Happy is he who can give himself up.
Naguib Mahfouz   Category: Self

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   Category: Self

Just as you are unconsciously influenced by outside advertisement announcement and appeal so you can vitally influence your life from within by auto-suggestion. The first thing each morning and the last thing each night suggest to yourself specific ideas that you wish to embody in your character and personality. Address such suggestions to yourself silently or aloud until they are deeply impressed upon your mind.
Grenville Kleiser   Category: Self

Self-satisfaction is the state of mind of those who have the happy conviction that they are not as other men.
Margery Allingham   Category: Self

I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Self

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes that he also believes to be true.
Demosthenes   Category: Self

We achieve everything by our efforts alone. Our fate is not decided by an almighty God. We decide our own fate by our actions. You have to gain mastery over yourself.... It is not a matter of sitting back and accepting.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi   Category: Self

The man who knows his worth respects his fellow man because he respects himself first. He does not boast; is not self-seeking; nor does he force his personal opinion on others.
Harry M. Banfield   Category: Self

Trust not yourself but your defects to know make use of every friend and every foe.
Alexander Pope   Category: Self

If I am not for myself who is for me? And if I am only for myself what am I? If not now when?
Rabbi Hillel   Category: Self

The Ideal is in thyself the impediments too is in thyself.
Thomas Carlyle   Category: Self

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.
Thomas Szasz   Category: Self

Ask others about themselves at the same time be on guard not to talk too much about yourself.
Mortimer Jerome Adler   Category: Self

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher the brewer or the baker that we expect our dinner but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves not to their humanity but to their self-love and never talk to them of our necessities but of their advantages.
Adam Smith   Category: Self

Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity When I give I give myself.
Walt Whitman   Category: Self

Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself.
Alice Malsenior Walker   Category: Self

The supreme Self is neither born nor dies. He cannot be burned moved pierced cut nor dried. Beyond all attributes the supreme Self is the eternal witness ever pure indivisible and uncompounded far beyond the senses and the ego.... He is omnipresent beyond all thought without action in the external world without action in the internal world. Detached from the outer and the inner This supreme Self purifies the impure.
Unknown   Category: Self

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
Dr. Benjamin Spock   Category: Self

To establish oneself in the world one does all one can to seem established there already.
François Duc de La Rochefoucauld   Category: Self

Fortunate indeed is the man who takes exactly the right measure of himself and holds a just balance between what he can acquire and what he can use.
Peter Mere Latham   Category: Self

The major way of doing anything with ones self is to own ones self. This means to take full responsibility and accountability for whatever I am doing at any moment with anybody. It means among other things that I get rid of all the extra fingers that I point at people and situations to explain my behavior. When a person says He made me mad that is not accurate. It is I made me mad. When I permit myself the luxury of taking that full responsibility then Im on first base at least because then I can do something about it.
W. W. Broadbent MD PhD   Category: Self

Occasionally I have to think like myself to remember where I put something.
Sue S. Taylor   Category: Self

Our ability to delude ourselves may be an important survival tool.
Jane Wagner   Category: Self

Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.
Claudia Black   Category: Self

The most excellent and divine counsel the best and most profitable advertisement of all others but the least practised is to study and learn how to know ourselves. This is the foundation of wisdom and the highway to whatever is good.... God Nature the wise the world preach man exhort him both by word and deed to the study of himself.
Pierre Charron   Category: Self

Be so true to thyself as thou be not false to others.
Francis Bacon   Category: Self

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it we can never do anything wise in the world.
Helen Adams Keller   Category: Self

Are you angry that others disappoint you? Remember you cannot depend on yourself.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Self

We can never have enough of that which we really do not want.
Eric Hoffer   Category: Self

No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself.
Greville   Category: Self

A man has to live with himself and he should see to it that he always has good company.
Charles Evans Hughes   Category: Self

The virtue of all achievement is victory over oneself. Those who know this can never know defeat.
A. J. Cronin   Category: Self

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
Alan Watts   Category: Self

When the righteous man turneth away from his righteousness that he hath committed and doeth that which is neither quite lawful nor quite right he will generally be found to have gained in amiability what he has lost in holiness.
Samuel Butler the Younger   Category: Self

Of all the old prejudices that cling to the hem of the womans garments and persistently impede her progress none holds faster than this. The idea that she owes service to a man instead of to herself and that it is her highest duty to aid his development rather than her own will be the last to die.
Susan Brownell Anthony   Category: Self

Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Self

Be charitable and indulgent to every one but thyself.
Joseph Joubert   Category: Self

The longest journey of any person is the journey inward.
Dag Hammarskjöld   Category: Self

It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.
Eleanor Roosevelt   Category: Self

The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership by sheer force of self-confidence bravery and tenacity.
Mahatma Gandhi   Category: Self

Our elevation must be the result of self-efforts and work of our own hands. No other human power can accomplish it. If we but determine it shall be so it will be so.
Martin Delany   Category: Self

Presume not in prosperity neither despair in adversity: court not dangers nor meanly fly from before them: dare to despise whatever will not remain with thee.
Akhenaton   Category: Self

Give him enough rope and he will hang himself.
Charlotte Brontë   Category: Self

Every man is his own ancestor and every man is his own heir. He devises his own future and he inherits his own past.
Frederick Henry Hedge   Category: Self

He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.
William Shakespeare   Category: Self

Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.
Theodore Parker   Category: Self

It is terrible to destroy a persons picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
Doris Lessing   Category: Self

I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.
Henry David Thoreau   Category: Self

I laugh my voice spiralling into Forever for I have found perfection and it has always been right here in the temple of Self.
Miranda Padgett   Category: Self

Self-esteem is the basis of any democracy.
Gloria Steinem   Category: Self

He that knows himself knows others; and he that is ignorant of himself could not write a very profound lecture on other mens heads.
Charles Caleb Colton   Category: Self

Self-repect The secure feeling that no one as yet is suspicious.
Henry Louis Mencken   Category: Self

Be what you would seem to be or if youd like it put more simply Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.
Lewis Carroll   Category: Self

I love you Not only for what you are But for what I am When I am with you Not only for what You have made of yourself But for what You are making of me. I love you For the part of me That you bring out; I love you For putting your hand Into my heaped-up heart And passing over All the foolish weak things That you can't help Dimly seeing there And for drawing out Into the light All the beautiful belongings That no one else had looked Quite far enough to find. I love you because you Are helping me to make Of the lumber of my life Not a tavern But a temple; Out of the works Of my every day Not a reproach But a song.
Cecelia Reed   Category: Self

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
Socrates   Category: Self

The only competition worthy a wise man is with himself.
Anna Brownell Jameson   Category: Self

Prudent cautious self-control is wisdoms root.
Robert Burns   Category: Self

There are two sentences inscribed upon the Ancient oracle… Know thyself and Nothing too much; and upon these all other precepts depend.
Plutarch   Category: Self

How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants rather than to create it herself.
Anaïs Nin   Category: Self

This Being of mine whatever it really is consists of a little flesh a little breath and the part which governs.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus   Category: Self

No man is such a conqueror as the man who has defeated himself.
Henry Ward Beecher   Category: Self

All censure of a mans self is oblique praise. It is in order to show how much he can spare.
Dr. Samuel Johnson   Category: Self

If you have no confidence in self you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence you have won even before you have started.
Marcus Garvey   Category: Self

He who knows others is wise; He who knows himself is enlightened.
Lao Tzu   Category: Self

He that is without sin among you let him first cast a stone at her.
The Bible   Category: Self

The one sure way to conciliate a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.
Konrad Adenauer   Category: Self

SELF-EVIDENT adj. Evident to ones self and to nobody else.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce   Category: Self

To preserve an unclouded capacity for the enjoyment of life is an unusual moral and psychological achievement. Contrary to popular belief it is not the prerogative of mindlessness but the exact opposite: It is the reward of self-esteem.
Nathaniel Branden   Category: Self

He can who thinks he can.
Heber J. Grant   Category: Self

No man is free who cannot command himself.
Pythagoras   Category: Self

Literally no man ever sees himself as others see him. No photograph or reflection ever gives us the same slant on ourselves that others see. It has often been proved on the witness stand that no two people ever see the same accident precisely the same way. We see through different eyes and from different angles. But if we could see things as other people see them we could come closer to knowing why they do what they do and why they say what they say.
Richard L. Evans   Category: Self

You will never have a greater or a lesser dominion than that over yourself.
Leo J. Muir   Category: Self

Wherever the mind wanders restless and diffuse in its search for satisfaction without lead it within; train it to rest in the Self.
Bhagavad-Gita   Category: Self

I will know what you are if you tell me what you think about when you don't have to think.
David Oman McKay   Category: Self

Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
Friedrich Nietzsche   Category: Self

He that respects himself is safe from others; He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   Category: Self

Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage one is helpless to make oneself understood.
Lionel Trilling   Category: Self

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that is your own self.
Aldous Huxley   Category: Self

Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue. Its a spiritual dissipation.
Margaret Deland   Category: Self

Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
Maya Angelou   Category: Self

Insist on yourself; never imitate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Self

Neither am I the means to any end others may wish to accomplish. I am not a tool for their use. I am not a servant of their needs. I am not a bandage for their wounds. I am not a sacrifice on their altars.
Ayn Rand   Category: Self

Man is not fully free unless he is master of himself.
Epictetus   Category: Self

Man did not weave the web of life he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself. All things are bound together. All things connect.
Chief Seattle   Category: Self

Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.
Henri Frederic Amiel   Category: Self

You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself.... the height of a mans success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment.... And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.
Leonardo da Vinci   Category: Self

Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.
Nancy Kerrigan   Category: Self

It is by not always thinking of yourself if you can manage it that you might somehow be happy. Until you make room in your life for someone as important to you as yourself you will always be searching and lost ...
Richard David Bach   Category: Self

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.
Aristotle   Category: Self

Desire nothing for yourself which you do not desire for others.
Spinoza   Category: Self

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
Proverb   Category: Self

Self reverence self-knowledge self control. These three alone lead life to sovereign power.
Lord Alfred Tennyson   Category: Self

When the fight begins within himself A man s worth something.
Robert Browning   Category: Self

Committing yourself is a way of finding out who you are. A man finds his identity by identifying. A mans identity is not best thought of as the way in which he is separated from his fellows but the way in which he is united with them.
Robert Terwilliger   Category: Self

Something we were withholding made us weak Until we found that it was ourselves.
Robert Frost   Category: Self

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.
Oscar Wilde   Category: Self

Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life.
Joe Clark   Category: Self

All of the significant battles are waged within the self.
Sheldon Kopp   Category: Self

Become addicted to constant and never-ending self improvement.
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Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster.
Robert M. Pirsig   Category: Self

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
Foster C. McClellan   Category: Self

The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool.
Lily Tomlin   Category: Self

He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
Kung Fu-tzu Confucius   Category: Self

By these things examine thyself. By whose rules am I acting; in whose name; in whose strength; in whose glory? What faith humility self-denial and love of God and to man have there been in all my actions?
Jackie Mason   Category: Self

We are the painters of own self-portraits. Who we become will be determined by our attitudes our actions and what we learn.
Mary-Ellen Drummond   Category: Self