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

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The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one's own mind. F. H. Bradley

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Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority. Tom Hopkins

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Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave. G. I. Gurdjieff

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One secures the gold of the spirit when he finds himself. Claude M. Bristol

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Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see. Know also when you actually have thought through to the nature of the thing with which you are dealing and when you are not thinking at all. Bernard Baruch

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He who seeks to approach his own buried past must conduct himself like a man digging. He must not be afraid to return again and again to the same matter; to scatter it as one scatters earth, to turn it over as one turns over soil. For the matter itself is only a deposit, a stratum, which yields only to the most meticulous examination what constitutes the real treasure hidden within the earth: the images, severed from all earlier associations, that stand --like precious fragments or torsos in a collector's gallery --in the prosaic rooms of our later understanding. Walter Benjamin

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Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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It is, I fear, but a vain show of fulfilling the heathen precept, Know thyself, and too often leads to a self-estimate which will subsist in the absence of that fruit by which alone the quality of the tree is made evident. George Eliot

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Self knowers always dwell in El Dorado; they drink from the fountain of youth, and at all times owners of all they wish to enjoy. Claude M. Bristol

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To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die. Albert Camus

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Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that is where I renew my springs that never dry up. Pearl S. Buck

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He who knows others is clever; He who knows himself has discernment. Laozi

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Know yourself, master yourself, conquest of self is most gratifying.

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It is part of our pedagogy to teach the operations of thinking, feeling, and willing so that they may be made conscious. For if we do not know the difference between an emotion and a thought, we will know very little. We need to understand the components (of emotions) at work... in order to free their hold. Mary Caroline Richards

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The self-explorer, whether he wants to or not, becomes the explorer of everything else. He learns to see himself, but suddenly, provided he was honest, all the rest appears, and it is as rich as he was, and, as a final crowning, richer. Elias Canetti

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A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there. Meister Eckhart

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He that knows himself, knows others; and he that is ignorant of himself, could not write a very profound lecture on other men's heads. Charles Caleb Colton

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Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man. Alexander Pope

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If people can be educated to see the lowly side of their own natures, it may be hoped that they will also learn to understand and to love their fellow men better. A little less hypocrisy and a little more tolerance towards oneself can only have good results in respect for our neighbor; for we are all too prone to transfer to our fellows the injustice and violence we inflict upon our own natures. Carl Jung

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To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self. Benjamin Franklin

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Our lives teach us who we are. Salman Rushdie

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Other men's sins are before our eyes; our own are behind our backs. Seneca the Younger

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Explore thyself. Herein are demanded the eye and the nerve. Henry David Thoreau

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You never know yourself till you know more than your body. Thomas Traherne

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Analysis and synthesis ordinarily clarify matters for us about as much as taking a Swiss watch apart and dumping its wheels, springs, hands, threads, pivots, screws and gears into a layman's hands for reassembling, clarifies a watch to a layman.

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Wisdom, Niko thought as he leaned his cheek against his long-handled rake, cannot be had without price. Janet Morris

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It's not only the most difficult thing to know one's self, but the most inconvenient. Josh Billings

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I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy. Franz Kafka

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We forge gradually our greatest instrument for understanding the world -- introspection. We discover that humanity may resemble us very considerably -- that the best way of knowing the inwardness of our neighbors is to know ourselves. Walter Lippmann

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He knows the universe and does not know himself. Jean de La Fontaine

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To know yourself you have only to set down a true statement of those that ever loved or hated you. Johann Kaspar Lavater

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An humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than a deep search after learning. Thomas à Kempis

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“Careful studies of cases dealing with supposed ‘mental disorder’ have at times revealed that many thought to be insane or warped in some fashion were actually simply highly sensitive individuals. What they suffered from was not mental debilitation, but personal and communal ignorance of psychic reality.” Aberjhani

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"You must become like yourself." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Before a man can wake up and find himself famous he has to wake up and find himself.

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I know myself, but that is all. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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Know thyself Socrates

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Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought. Every man is the lord of a realm beside which the earthly empire of the Czar is but a petty state, a hummock left by the ice. Henry David Thoreau

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I know myself as a human entity; the scene, so to speak, or thoughts are affection; and am sensible of certain doubleness by which I can stand as remote from myself as from another. However intense my experience, I am conscious of the presence and criticism of a part of me, which, as it were, is no part of me, but spectator, sharing no experience, but taking note of it, and that is no more I than it is you. Henry David Thoreau

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We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can -- namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us. Teresa of Ávila

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If you want to be truly successful invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and focus on it and persevere your success will blossom. Sidney Madwed

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I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming. Katherine Mansfield

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Become aware of internal, subjective, sub-verbal experiences, so that these experiences can be brought into the world of abstraction, of conversation, of naming, etc. with the consequence that it immediately becomes possible for a certain amount of control to be exerted over these hitherto unconscious and uncontrollable processes. Abraham Maslow

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When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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'Tis not need we know our every thought or see the work shop where each mask is wrought wherefrom we view the world of box and pit, careless of wear, just so the mask shall fit and serve our jape's turn for a night or two. Ezra Pound