Inspirational Be Yourself Quotes


Here is a collection of quotes about finding yourself that will encourage yourself in a new light.


Quotes About Finding Yourself – Being Yourself Quotes

A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.” – Samuel Johnson

Real birthdays are not annual affairs. Real birthdays are the days when we have a new birth.” – Ralph Parlette

I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.” – Michel de Montaigne

Like an old gold-panning prospector, you must resign yourself to digging up a lot of sand from which you will later patiently wash out a few minute particles of gold ore.” – Dorothy Bryant

There is no satisfaction that can compare with looking back across the years and finding you’ve grown in self-control, judgment, generosity, and unselfishness.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In order to judge properly, one must get away somewhat from what one is judging, after having loved it. This is true of countries, of persons, and of oneself.” – André Gide

Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” – Buddha

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.” – Ben Stein

Becoming conscious is of course a sacrilege against nature; it is as though you had robbed the unconscious of something.” – Carl G. Jung

Everyone is born a king, and most people die in exile.” – Oscar Wilde

He not busy being born is busy dying.” – Bob Dylan

There are… things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” – Aldous Huxley

Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.” – Matthew Arnold

It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, “Go away, I’m looking for the truth,” and so it goes away. Puzzling.” – Robert M. Pirsig

You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.” – George Michael

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau

Find what makes your heart sing and create your own music.” – Mac Anderson

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung

You might say that we use ourselves to discover ourselves.” – Judith Hanson Lasater

Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.” – Dr. Alexis Carrel

Truth hurts — not the searching after; the running from!.” – John Eyberg

A man who finds no satisfaction in himself will seek for it in vain elsewhere.” – La Rochefoucauld

We catch frightful glimpses of ourselves in the hostile eyes of others.” – Mignon McLaughlin

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” – Confucius

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself. .” – Alan Alda

No one remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself.” – Thomas Mann

It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too.” – H.W. Shaw

One’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 Wilhelm Nietzsche

The road to self-belief is potholed.” – Nyasha Madavo

Readjusting is a painful process, but most of us need it at one time or another.” – Arthur Christopher Benson

Camouflage is a game we all like to play, but our secrets are as surely revealed by what we want to seem to be as by what we want to conceal.” – Russell Lynes

Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.” – Zen Proverb

In order to find yourself you need to get lost in the forest of life.” – Mike Dolan

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” – Anaïs Nin

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

If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.” – Anonymous

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” – James A. Froude

It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.” – K.T. Jong

Quality begins on the inside… and then works its way out.” – Bob Moawad

The truth is that it is natural, as well as necessary, for every man to be a vagabond occasionally.” – Samuel H. Hammond

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” – George Moore

It’s terrifying to see someone inside of whom a vital spring seems to have been broken. It’s particularly terrifying to see him in your mirror.” – Mignon McLaughlin

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.” – Lorraine Hansberry

The degree to which a person can grow is directly proportional to the amount of truth he can accept about himself without running away.” – Leland Val Van de Wall

There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.” – Elizabeth A. Behnke

If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.” – James A. Michener

To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.” – Charles Caleb Colton

All wonders you seek are within yourself.” – Sir Thomas Browne

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” – Douglas Adams

Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.” – William Butler Yeats

I think somehow we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.” – Jackson Pollock

When you re-read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before.” – Clifton Fadiman

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” – Lucille Ball

It is the individual who knows how little they know about themselves who stands the most reasonable chance of finding out something about themselves before they die.” – S. I. Hayakawa

When your heart speaks, take good notes.” – Judith Campbell

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin

No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.” – George Bernard Shaw

Life ceases to be a fraction and becomes an integer.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.” – Clifton Fadiman

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” – Jean de La Fontaine

The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.” – Julien Green

It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.” – Thomas Carlyle

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

One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.” – Blaise Pascal

By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear.” – George Herbert

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

There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives.” – Josephine Hart

I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.” – Mark Twain

Your distress about life might mean you have been living for the wrong reason, not that you have no reason for living.” – Tom O’Connor

Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time.” – Timothy Leary

There are chapters in every life which are seldom read and certainly not aloud.” – Carol Shields

If in the last few years you haven’t discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead.” – Gelett Burgess

When one feels pulled to do a particular thing, when one has passion for a certain life path, karma is always involved. In such an instance, when the goal is worthy and makes one happy, one should continue on that same life path. Just because the elephant cannot carry you anymore doesn’t mean you should give up your goal. Continue down the path that makes you feel fulfilled. Those who continue on an unrewarding path for the sake of only monetary gain are displaying a lack of trust in life.” – Kwan Yin

That’s the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they’ve been all along.” – Madeleine L’Engle

We are the products of editing, rather than authorship.” – George Wald

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.” – George Eliot

Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.” – Hugh Prather

The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man.” – Cicero

If you don’t get lost, there’s a chance you may never be found.” – Anonymous

The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.” – Oscar Wilde

A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

To the question of your life, you are the only answer. To the problems of your life, you are the only solution.” – Jo Coudert

You cannot fully understand your own life without knowing and thinking beyond your life, your own neighborhood, and even your own nation.” – Johnnetta Cole

We run away all the time to avoid coming face to face with ourselves.” – Author Unknown

What a gloomy thing, not to know the address of one’s soul.” – Victor Hugo

The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” – Muhammad Ali

We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.” – Erich Fromm

Endurance is frequently a form of indecision.” – Elizabeth Bibesco

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.” – G.K. Chesterton
Every one of us has in him a continent of undiscovered character. Blessed is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul.” – Author Unknown

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

The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one’s opinion but rather to know it.” – André Maurois

The only journey is the journey within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.” – Alan Watts

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

Confusion now hath made his masterpiece.” – William Shakespeare

Decorate yourself from the inside out.” – Terri Guillemets

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

Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier.” – Barbara Kingsolver

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.” – James Thurber

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” – Wallace Stevens

If you can go through life without experiencing pain you probably haven’t been born yet.” – Neil Simon

The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose.” – Richard Grant

Few people know so clearly what they want. Most people can’t even think what to hope for when they throw a penny in a fountain.” – Barbara Kingsolver

For souls in growth, great quarrels are great emancipators.” – Logan Pearsall Smith

Living is being born slowly. It would be a little too easy if we could borrow ready-made souls.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

One must know one’s own secret.” – Swami Nithyananda

To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying “Amen” to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle

The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live.” – Nicolas Chamfort

How do I find my tune, my song, my personal harmony that’s healing because it’s me?”– Terri Guillemets

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.” – St. Augustine

Those who are brutally honest are seldom so with themselves.” – Mignon McLaughlin

Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” – Ann Landers

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” – Oscar Wilde

Know thyself?” If I knew myself, I’d run away.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

God hides things by putting them all around us.” – Author Unknown

I hope you enjoyed these Quotes about finding yourself. Do you feel like you have found the real you or are you still searching for the “real” you. Do you have any favorite words of inspiration or quotes about finding your true self and being real?

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