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Friedrich NietzscheOne's own self is well hidden from one's own self: of all mines of treasure, one's own is the last to be dug up.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

George SantayanaTo be happy you must have taken the measure of your powers, tasted the fruits of your passion, and learned your place in the world.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

ConfuciusTo know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Samuel JohnsonAdversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Lao-TzuHe who overcomes others is strong, but he who overcomes himself is mightier still.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Lao-TzuAt the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Mahatma GandhiThe best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Wolfgang GoetheKnow thyself? If I knew myself I would run away.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheTo become what one is, one must not have the faintest idea what one is.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Mark TwainIn his private heart no man respects himself.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Oscar WildeOnly the shallow know themselves.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Eric HofferLack of sensitivity is perhaps basically an unawareness of ourselves.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Gore VidalNothing human is finally calculable; even to ourselves we are strange.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Jean-Luc GodardArt attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.

—  Jean-Luc Godard, 1930-, French film director

Paul ValeryTo enter into your own mind you need to be armed to the teeth.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Karl JungEverything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Karl JungKnowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Karl JungYour visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Carl SandburgThere are 10 men in me and I do not know or understand one of them.

—  Carl Sandburg, 1878-1967, American poet

Anton ChekhovMan will only become better when you make him see what he is like.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Anton ChekhovWhen men ask me how I know so much about men, they get a simple answer: everything I know about men, I learned from me.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Lao-TzuHe who knows others is wise, but he who knows himself is enlightened.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher


Ancient Greek

HeraclitusI searched for myself.

Εδιζησάμην εμεωυτόν.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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PindarBe what you know you are.

Γένοι' οίος εσσί μαθών.

—  Pindar, 522-438 BC, Ancient Greek lyric poet


Proverbs

International proverbNo one sees the hump on his own back.

—  International proverb

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