Self Discovery Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Self Discovery quotes and Self Discovery sayings, and Self Discovery proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away."

Joy J. Golliver

"Look into the depths of your own soul and learn first to know yourself, then you will understand why this illness was bound to come upon you and perhaps you will thenceforth avoid falling ill."

Sigmund Freud

"You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need."

Jerry Gillies

"As person abandons worn-out clothes and acquires new ones, so when the body is worn out a new one is acquired by the Self, who lives within."

Bhagavad Gita

"It’s not only the most difficult thing to know one’s self, but the most inconvenient."

Josh Billings

"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."

Anna Quindlen

"It takes courage to endure the sharp pains of self-discovery, rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsiousness that would last the rest of our lives."

Marianne Williamson

"Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it’s who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment."

Anthony Robbins

"Action is about living fully. Inaction is the way that we deny life. Inaction is sitting in front of the television every day for years becuase you are afraid to be alive and to take the risk of expressing what you are. Expressing what you are is taking action."

Don Miguel Ruiz

"The obstacle is the path. Face the problem, and in doing so, become more aware. See what is really happening with you. Learn about yourself. This is a valuable education."

Leo Babauta

"Little by little, through patience and repeated effort, the mind will become stilled in the Self."

Bhagavad Gita

"The best dreams happen when you’re awake"

Cherie Gilderbloom

"The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge."

Arnold Palmer

"Be careful – the darkness you see in another’s heart might just be a reflection of that which is in your own heart"

Teachings of the Temple

"The unexamined life is not worth living."


"It’s OK if you mess up, that’s how you get wiser. Give yourself a break. And don’t give up! Good things take time, and you’re getting there."

Marc Chernoff

"Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality."

Les Brown

"If you learn only methods, you’ll be tied to your methods but if you learn principles you can devise your own methods."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity."

Albert Einstein

"Observe all men; thy self most."

Benjamin Franklin

"It is wisdom to know others; It is enlightenment to know one’s self."


"If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures of illusion."

Aldous Huxley

"Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in."

Alan Alda

"Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding."

Amit Ray

"The more one forgives himself-by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love-the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself."

Viktor Frankl

"To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly."

Henri Bergson

"A wise man travels to discover himself."

James Russell Lowell

"A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it."

Jean de La Fontaine

"What you discover on your own is always more exciting than what someone else discovers for you-it’s like the marriage between romantic love and an arranged marriage."

Terrence Rafferty

"Man never knows what he wants; he aspires to penetrate mysteries and as soon as he has, he wants to reestablish them. Ignorance irritates him and knowledge cloys."

Henri Frederic Amiel

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