self-knowledge

A Quote by D.H. Lawrence on ego, self-knowledge, escape, personality, and risk

When we get out of the glass bottles of our ego,
and when we escape like squirrels turning in the
cages of our personality
and get into the forests again,
we shall shiver with cold and fright
but things will happen to us
so that we don't know ourselves.

D.H. Lawrence (1885 - 1930)

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on children, childlikeness, direction, and self-knowledge

So young a child ought to know which way she's going, even if she doesn't know her own name!

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 3

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on imagination, appearances, verbosity, identity, self-knowledge, and seeming

Be what you would seem to be - or if you'd 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 (1832 - 1898)

Source: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Pages: Chapter 9

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by John O'Donohue on mystery, silence, interiority, being, and self-knowledge

It is strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you alone. Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world waits. A world lives within you. No one else can bring you news of this inner world.

John O'Donohue

Source: Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, Pages: xv

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Rainer Maria Rilke on art, poetry, life, blame, self-knowledge, and poverty

If your everyday life seems poor, do not blame it; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no poor, indifferent place.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)

Source: Letters to a Young Poet (Vintage), Pages: 8

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Sage Vasishtha on acquire, shun, jivanmukta, liberated, person, bliss, religion, duty, self-knowledge, essential, nature, and restless

Such a person has nothing to acquire, nor anything to shun. He is untainted by the defects of life, untouched by its sorrow.

He does not come into being nor go out, though he appears to come and go in the eyes of the beholder.

Even religious duties are found to be unnecessary. …His mind has given up its restlessness, and he rests in the bliss that is his essential nature. Such bliss is possible only by self-knowledge, not by any other means. Hence, one should apply oneself constantly to self-knowledge–this alone is one's duty.

Sage Vasishtha

Source: The Concise Yoga Vasistha, Pages: 32

Contributed by: Meenakshi

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, love, self-knowledge, delusions, pathos, and essence

In order to understand what is truly essential in another person that ought to be loved in him or her, one has to be able to dismiss authoritatively and wisely all that that person himself or herself in delusion IMAGINES to be essential to him or her. As rare as any form of sobriety may be in politics or society, it is of course rarest of all in love-relations. "Love" that has no such counterforce against the delusions of Self and World will merely get drawn into the pathos of the unenlightened, by retail methods if not by wholesale. Sharing in others' pathos is not at all the same thing as love; it is merely one finite and obtuse psyche getting digested into the churning life of another finite and obtuse psyche.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on deliberateness, intention, self-knowledge, isolation, solitude, life, walden pond, and woods

I went to the woods because I wished to live dliberately... and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: Walden

Contributed by: Sandy

A Quote by Sir William Hamilton on self-knowledge, awareness, and skepticism

I do not hesitate to maintain, that what we are conscious of is constructed out of what we are not conscious of,-that our whole knowledge, in fact, is made up of the unknown and the incognisable.

William Hamilton (1788 - 1856)

Source: Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Ayn Rand on philosophy, life, hope, power, self-knowledge, and approval

I need no warrant for being and no sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: Anthem

Contributed by: Mara

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