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Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle, philosopher
  • introspection

Believe you can and you're halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt, president
  • courage

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, entrepreneur
  • Self

Your value doesn't decrease based on someones inability to see your worth. Ted Rubin, social marketing strategist
  • motivational

Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true. Brian Tracy, author
  • Self

The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm. Swedish Proverbs,
  • Independence

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, psychologist
  • creates

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect. Marcus Aurelius, emperor
  • fidelity

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not. Andre Gide, novelist
  • Self

It takes courage...to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives. Marianne Williamson, author
  • courage

Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth. Oprah Winfrey, entertainer
  • support

If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. Thomas Edison, inventor
  • capable

You must have a positive self perception in order to transcend anything. Steve Maraboli, speaker
  • inspirational

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. Robert Frost, poet
  • education

It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourselves. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
  • Self

The first and the best victory is to conquer self. Plato, philosopher
  • control

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. Frederick Douglass, author
  • Self

You're imperfect, and you're wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging. Brené Brown,
  • Self

Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation, the source of strength is one's self. When one prays, he goes to a source of strength greater than his own. Madame de Stael, writer
  • greater

One day you'll wake up and there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted Paulo Coelho, novelist
  • time

Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune. Jim Rohn, businessman
  • fortune

Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have. Doris Mortman,
  • Self

The strongest factor...is self-esteem believing you can do it, believing you deserve it, believing you will get it. Jerry Gillies, author
  • believing

Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period. Lou Holtz, coach
  • success

Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. Albert Einstein, physicist
  • Self

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you. Lao Tzu, philosopher
  • ataraxy

I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. Walt Whitman, poet
  • Self

Excessive fear and self-doubt that were the greatest detractors of personal genius. Robert T Kiyosaki, businessman
  • genius

Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are in essence ignoring the owner's manual your creator gave you and destroying your design. Oprah Winfrey, entertainer
  • Self

Self esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves. Nathaniel Branden, psychologist
  • reputation

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. Your really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. Lucille Ball, comedian
  • inspirational

Trust yourself, then you will know how to live. Johann von Goethe, writer
  • Self

look for a long time at what pleases you, and longer still at what pains you... Colette,
  • creativity

A traumatic event doesn't doom us to suffer indefinitely. Instead, we can use it as a springboard to unleash our best qualities and lead happier lives. Jane McGonigal,
  • Self

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies with in us. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
  • Self

The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept. George Carlin, comedian
  • humor

They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them. Mahatma Gandhi, leader
  • Self

Self-worth comes from one thing -- thinking that you are worthy. Wayne Dyer, psychologist
  • Self

It's in the act of having to do things that you don't want to that you learn something about moving past the self. Past the ego. Bell Hooks, critic
  • act

The tension between "yes" and "no," between "I can" and "I cannot," makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self. Anatole Broyard, critic
  • between

When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are. Oprah Winfrey, entertainer
  • self

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. Rita Mae Brown, writer
  • conformity

My journey wasn't just about the research, it was about finding my passion, and it was about making my own opportunities. Shree Bose,
  • Self

Regret doesn't remind us that we did badly. It reminds us that we know we can do better. Kathryn Schulz,
  • Self

One is rated by others as he rates himself. Proverbs,
  • Self

Respect yourself if you would have others respect you. Baltasar Gracian, philosopher
  • Self

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot,
  • life

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
  • art

This above all; to thine own self be true. William Shakespeare, dramatist
  • true

Your job is not to be perfect. Your job is only to be human. Jacqueline Novogratz,
  • Self

The secret to happiness is low expectations. Barry Schwartz,
  • Self

You must look at who you are and make an effort to know yourself, which is the most difficult knowledge one can imagine. Miguel de Cervantes, novelist
  • self

I will give thanks to thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. Psalms 139:14 Bible,
  • Self

Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity. Nancy Astor, politician
  • educate

No one can disgrace us but ourselves. Henry Wheeler Shaw,
  • Self

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
  • Self

Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness, seeing value only after discarding it. Doug Horton,
  • Selfishness

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. Oscar Wilde, dramatist
  • Selfishness

To say I love you one must know first how to say the I. Ayn Rand, writer
  • self

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. Henry David Thoreau, author
  • life

Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect. Theodore Parker, theologian
  • Self

Study to be what you wish to seem. John Bate,
  • Self

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. Brené Brown,
  • Self

You save yourself or you remain unsaved. Alice Sebold,
  • inspirational

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. Lao Tzu, philosopher
  • profound

Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are. Jose Saramago, writer
  • self

No man will work for your interests unless they are his. David Seabury,
  • Selfishness

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got. Janis Joplin, musician
  • Self

Looking at the world from other species' points of view is a cure for the disease of human self-importance. Michael Pollan, educator
  • Self

Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self. A course to plot is a destination to hope for. Bryant H. McGill, poet
  • course

Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage. Brené Brown,
  • Self

I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I've become. If I had, I'd have done it a lot earlier. Oprah Winfrey, entertainer
  • authentic

The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves. William Hazlitt, critic
  • Self

Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
  • yourself

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds. Bob Marley, musician
  • freedom

He who is wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package. Source Unknown,
  • Selfishness

Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on. Maxwell Maltz, scientist
  • Self

Everyone makes a greater effort to hurt other people than to help himself. Alexis Carrel, scientist
  • Self

When we numb [hard feelings], we numb joy, we numb gratitude, we numb happiness. Brené Brown,
  • Self

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. William Shakespeare, dramatist
  • true

The most sublime act is to set another before you. William Blake, poet
  • self

The soul that is within me no man can degrade. Frederick Douglass, author
  • Self

Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality. John W. Gardner, educator
  • Self

If you put shame in a Petri dish, it needs three things to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence and judgment. Brené Brown,
  • Self

Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.Being true to anyone else or anything else is...impossible. Richard Bach, novelist
  • Self

If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die. Maya Angelou, poet
  • die

If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed. C.S. Lewis, novelist
  • conceit

We often need to lose sight of our priorities in order to see them. John Irving, novelist
  • mistakes

My self-editing process is intense. George Murray, poet
  • intense

A person's worth in this world is estimated according to the value they put on themselves. Jean De La Bruyere, philosopher
  • Self

He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies. Tertullian, author
  • Selfishness

When you look at the Moon, you think, 'I'm really small. What are my problems?' It sets things into perspective. We should all look at the Moon a bit more often. Alain de Botton, writer
  • Self

When we don't know who to hate, we hate ourselves. Chuck Palahniuk, novelist
  • hate

Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without in himself. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman
  • Selfishness

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself. Harvey Fierstein, actor
  • yourself

The point isn't to live without any regrets. The point is to not hate ourselves for having them. Kathryn Schulz,
  • Self

Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but ... life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves. Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez,
  • life

I have often wondered how it is everyone loves himself more than the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than the opinions of others. Marcus Aurelius, emperor
  • Self

We are at war between consciousness and nature, between the desire for permanence and the fact of flux. It is ourself against ourselves. Alan Watts, philosopher
  • Self

[Psychology] should be just as concerned with building strength as with repairing damage. Martin Seligman,
  • Self

True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions. Joseph Addison, writer
  • arises

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit E.E. Cummings,
  • self

So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself. Alan Watts, philosopher
  • complete

A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror. Sigmund Freud, psychologist
  • Self

Vulnerability pushed, I pushed back. I lost the fight, but probably won my life back. Brené Brown,
  • Self

When we give in the world what we want the most, we heal the broken part inside each of us. Eve Ensler,
  • Self

Without a sense of place the work is often reduced to a cry of voices in empty rooms, a literature of the self, at its best poetic music; at its worst a thin gruel of the ego. William Kennedy, writer
  • best

Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation the source of strength is one's self. When one prays he goes to a source of strength greater than his own. Chiang Kai-shek, soldier
  • greater

Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest. Napoleon Bonaparte, leader
  • fear

Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size. Virginia Woolf, author
  • arrogance

I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, 'Where's the self-help section?' She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose. George Carlin, comedian
  • books

You have peace, the old woman said, when you make it with yourself. Mitch Albom, writer
  • peace

The ablest man I ever met is the man you think you are. Franklin D. Roosevelt, president
  • Self

I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. Jane Austen, writer
  • Selfishness

He who takes but never gives, may last for years but never lives. Source Unknown,
  • Selfishness

The sources of human problems have to do with egotism, 'I.' Feisal Abdul Rauf, theologian
  • Self

With so many options to choose from, people find it very difficult to choose at all. Barry Schwartz,
  • Self

The literature of the inner life is very largely a record of struggle with the inordinate passions of the social self. Charles Horton Cooley, sociologist
  • inner

Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love. Rumi, poet
  • yourself

The person we believe ourselves to be will always act in a manner consistent with our self-image. Brian Tracy, author
  • Self

We feel good about ourselves to the exact degree we feel in control of our lives. Brian Tracy, author
  • Self

Think highly of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate. Source Unknown,
  • Self

Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender. Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher
  • Selfishness

The greatest productive force is human selfishness. Robert A. Heinlein, writer
  • Selfishness

Scientists and engineers can indeed change the world. So can you. You were born to. Regina Dugan,
  • Self

The completely solitary self: that's where poetry comes from, and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are often very intimate also. Seamus Heaney, poet
  • comes

Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self. Charles Spurgeon, clergyman
  • estimate

We are valued in this world at the rate we desire to be valued. Jean De La Bruyere, philosopher
  • Self

I'll always be number 1 to myself. Moses Malone, athlete
  • Self

Nothing profits more than self-esteem, grounded on what is just and right. John Milton, poet
  • Self

The greatest success, is successful self acceptance. Ben Sweet,
  • Self

We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive. Lord (George Gordon) Byron, poet
  • Selfishness

Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love. Nathaniel Hawthorne, novelist
  • Selfishness

What are you going to teach me about right and wrong? I know what is wrong. I have done wrong. I am told every day, by every face I see, every wall I face, that I am wrong. Damon Horowitz quoting his student Tony, a San Quentin inmate,
  • Self

In whatever it is that I do, I find myself drawn to infinite possibility, that sense of potential. J.J. Abrams,
  • Self

Everything is self-evident. Rene Descartes, mathematician
  • self-evident

Do your own thing on your own terms and get what you came here for Oliver James,
  • yourself

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw, dramatist
  • adaptation

A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you. C.S. Lewis, novelist
  • aspiration

The highest in God's esteem are the lowest in their own. Thomas Kempis,
  • Self

Self-respect is nothing to hide behind. When you need it most it isn't there. May Sarton, poet
  • Self

Of all the infirmities we have, the most savage is to despise our being. Michel de Montaigne, philosopher
  • Self

None are so empty as those who are full of themselves. Benjamin Whichcote, philosopher
  • Selfishness

Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous. Brené Brown,
  • Self

You are at the beginning, not the end, of this adventure. Being overwhelmed is the first step. Liz Coleman,
  • Self

I don't personally have enough faith to be an atheist. Rick Warren, writer
  • Self

I suppose everyone continues to be interested in the quest for the self, but what you feel when you're older, I think, is that you really must make the self. Mary McCarthy, author
  • continues

I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self. Martin Luther, monk
  • afraid

Whether you say you can't or you can, you're right. Walt Disney Company,
  • self-empowerment

Self pity becomes your oxygen. But you learned to breathe it without a gasp. So, nobody even notices you're hurting. Paul Monette,
  • gay


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