Self-awareness Quotes

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Self-awareness is the capacity for introspection and the ability to reconcile oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals. Self-awareness, though similar to sentience in concept, includes the experience of the self, and has been argued as implicit to the hard problem of consciousness.

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Apart from the pulling and hauling stands what I am,
Stands amused, complacent, compassionating, idle, unitary,
Looks down, is erect, or bends an arm on an impalpable certain rest,
Looking with side-curved head curious what will come next,
Both in and out of the game and watching and wondering at it. – Walt Whitman

“Believe in yourself” – that makes sense. You should believe in yourself – you should believe that you’re capable of great things – but you would hope that somebody would have some sort of self-awareness. – Timothy Simons

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Self-awareness is a challenging and serious task, but it is also fun, creative and liberating. – Chris Rose

Self-awareness is a character trait that’s horrible to have if you’re a performer. I think that a lot of these performers that we see get up on stage and play music, there’s a sense of them truly not caring how they’re coming across. They are just themselves. I look up to a lot of people who are like that. – Tyler Joseph

Self-awareness is a key to self mastery. – Gretchen Rubin

Self-awareness is a process, not an achievement. It describes an ongoing interest in ourselves and others whereby paradoxically, the more attention we pay to understanding ourselves the less self important we become. – Chris Rose

Self-awareness is a supreme gift, a treasure as precious as life. This is what makes us human. But it comes with a costly price: the wound of mortality. Our existence is forever shadowed by the knowledge that we will grow, blossom, and, inevitably, diminish and die. – Irvin D. Yalom

Self-awareness is a trait – or maybe ‘practice’ is the more accurate way to put it – that everyone can always improve at. It is part emotional intelligence, part perceptiveness, part critical thinking. It means knowing your weaknesses, of course, but it also means knowing your strengths and what motivates you. – Neil Blumenthal

Self-awareness is a trait that not only makes us human but also paradoxically makes us want to be more than merely human. As I said in my BBC Reith Lectures, “Science tells us we are merely beasts, but we don’t feel like that. We feel like angels trapped inside the bodies of beasts, forever craving transcendence. – Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

Self-awareness is a way of healing from unconscious conflict since it offers an opportunity for the individual to analyze the nature of his or her interpersonal relationships and with the self. – Socrates

Self-awareness is an important part of the puzzle of change. – Kenneth W. Wanberg

Self-awareness is an opportunity to become an active participant in the creation of entirely new levels that will continue to serve humanity for generations to come. – Elizabeth Diamond

Self-awareness is becoming independent in thinking, must learn to attract the conditions in lives that adhere to independence. – Rolley Hurley

Self-awareness is intersubjectively mediated. To be self-aware is to become an object to oneself in virtue of one’s social relations to others. – Dan Zahavi

Self-awareness is like an onion. There are multiple layers to it, and the more you peel them back, the more likely you’re going to start crying at an inappropriate time. – Mark Manson

Self-awareness is not an object of perceptual attention, it is perceptually recessive. – Dan Zahavi

Self-awareness is NOT just a bunch of amino acids bumping together. – Robert A. Heinlein

Self-awareness is not just relaxation and not just meditation. It must combine relaxation with activity and dynamism. Technology can aid that. – Deepak Chopra

Self-awareness is not merely something that comes about the moment we direct our attention at our conscious life. – Dan Zahavi

Self-awareness is not self-centeredness, and spirituality is not narcissism. ‘Know thyself’ is not a narcissistic pursuit. – Marianne Williamson

Self-awareness is not the same thing as self-approval, any more than imagination is the same thing as daydreaming. – Francis Spufford

Self-awareness is nothing more than, utilizing the natural abilities you already possess. – Rolley Hurley

Self-awareness is one of the biggest enemies to creativity. – Ted Dwane

Self-awareness is one of the rarest of human commodities. I don’t mean self-consciousness where you’re limiting and evaluating yourself. I mean being aware of your own patterns. – Tony Robbins

Self-awareness is our capacity to stand apart from ourselves and examine our thinking, our motives, our history, our scripts, our actions, and our habits and tendencies. – Stephen Covey

Self-awareness is probably overrated. A complex, self-regulating system doesn’t need it in order to be successful, or even smart. – David Brin

Self-awareness is something that we actually actively avoid. – Ted Dwane

Self-awareness is strictly irrelational. Both explicitly acknowledge that the phenomenon of self-awareness has an internal structural complexity that manifests itself in a plurality of ways. – Dan Zahavi

Self-awareness is the ability to create, in whatever medium, can enable us to push beyond the concrete and the known into new understandings and experiences. – Chris Rose

Self-awareness is the ability to recognize who you are, how you influence the world, and how the world influences you. – Shainna Ali

Self-awareness is the ability to take an honest look at your life without any attachment to it being right or wrong, good or bad. – Debbie Ford

Self-awareness is the foundation of authenticity, and thus it is at the center of your compass. – Bill George

Self-awareness is the only way we can access the emotional brain on a conscious level. – Marilee Sprenger

Self-awareness is the potential to expand beyond our immediate consciousness. – Chris Rose

Self-awareness is the result of a successful criteria self-identification, something is fundamentally wrong. – Dan Zahavi

Self-awareness is to be contrasted with reflective consciousness, that is, or with being introspectively aware of one’s mental properties. – Dan Zahavi

Self-awareness is to uncover and attend to whatever form it takes in our own lives. – Chris Rose

Self-awareness is understanding the law of attraction that will either begin your journey or it will add to your enlightenment. – Rolley Hurley

Self-awareness is value-free. It isn’t scary. It doesn’t imply that you will subject yourself to needless pain. – Deepak Chopra

Self-awareness is valued as the sole pathway to happiness. – Mu-Mon_Kwan

Self-awareness is your awareness of the world, which you experience through the five senses (sound, touch, sight, taste, and smell). Pay attention to your sensory impressions and be aware of those five ways that the world comes to you. – Deepak Chopra

Self-awareness allows us to see things from the perspective of others, practice self-control, work creatively and productively, and experience pride in ourselves and our work as well as general self-esteem. – Gautam

Self-awareness allows you to see through the false illusions of the ego and into the true authentic you. – Elizabeth Diamond

Self-awareness allows you to self-correct. – Bill Hybels

Self-awareness and healthy self-love go hand in hand. When we love what God has given us and share it with others naturally and without expectations for gratitude we are truly people who have spiritual self-confidence and compassion; and isn’t that a great way to live? – Robert J. Wicks

Self-awareness and self-esteem. Those aren’t female issues, those are human issues. – Curtis Hanson

Self-awareness approached spirituality with much the same perspective in search, the more insight and knowledge gain, the simpler it seems to get. – Rolley Hurley

Self-awareness begins with being able to simply accept what you’re experiencing. Allow for it to happen, and then get to know it. – Brent Bradley

Self-awareness begins with you here and now in this moment, in every moment of your life. – Kriyananda Swami

Self-awareness can be thought of as the struggle to bring into conscious awareness that which has been previously out of sight or on the edge of awareness. This can be experienced as a realization that is simultaneously fresh but familiar. – Chris Rose

Self-awareness can’t be built on looking at our pluses and minuses before we look at the most basic essence of what we are. – Ruben Papian

Self-awareness deepened the ability to relate and develop intimacy of the bodies and their felt senses. – Chris Rose

Self-awareness does not concern the specific content of an experience, but its unique mode of givenness. – Dan Zahavi

Self-awareness does not confront us with ourselves as transcendent objects, it does not merely differ from prereflective self-awareness by its intensity, articulation, and differentiation, but also by its quality of othering. – Dan Zahavi

Self-awareness doesn’t stop you from making mistakes, it allows you to learn from them. – Unknown

Self-awareness gives you the capacity to learn from your mistakes as well as your successes. It enables you to keep growing. – Lawrence Bossidy

Self-awareness happens when we become aware of other people, things and places around us and how we are all connected. – Toni Sorenson

Self-awareness in its most basic form, it is not the result of a relational, mediated, conceptual, or objectifying process; rather, it is an immediate, internal and pervasive feature of our consciousness. – Dan Zahavi

Self-awareness includes awareness of your body. – Deepak Chopra

Self-awareness includes awareness of your mental realm, which encompasses your thoughts, feelings, energy, and emotions. – Deepak Chopra

Self-awareness involves deep personal honesty. It comes from asking and answering hard questions. – Stephen R Covey

Self-awareness makes us conscious of those things we have in common and our differences. – Robert D. Prescott-Ezickson

Self-awareness moves us beyond the old, well-worn pathways in the brain that support fixed, unconscious habits. – Deepak Chopra

Self-awareness of one’s faults, far from being the first step to growth, is very often the second foot in the mud. – Bauvard

Self-awareness presuppose the presence and intervention of the other and claiming that self-awareness is per se a social phenomenon. – Dan Zahavi

Self-awareness, the anonymous dimension of subjectivity, the epistemic self-acquaintance, and the egological organization. – Dan Zahavi

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Short And Powerful Self-awareness Quotes

Adversity introduces a man to himself. – Albert Einstein

After all, all knowledge simply means self-knowledge. – Bruce Lee

Alas, after a certain age, every man is responsible for his own face. – Albert Camus

All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary. – Sally Ride

All that we are is a result of all that we have thought. – Buddha

All that you give to others you are giving to yourself. – Anthony de Mello

All the worlds a mirror If you’re ready to peer honestly at your reflection. – Ken Sykes

And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself? – Rumi

Authenticity means to be the author of your own life. – Tom Shadyac

Awareness can turn every event into an opportunity. – Unknown

Awareness is just another name for Mindfulness. – Pooja Bagri

Awareness is the greatest agent for change. – Eckhart Tolle

Believe, that you may understand. – St. Augustine

Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I can bear it. – Walt Whitman

Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got. – Janis Joplin

Every answer can be followed by another question. – Thomas Lloyd Qualls

Fear is self-awareness raised to a higher level. – Don DeLillo

Find out who you are and do it on purpose. – Dolly Parton

Go find yourself first so you can also find me. – Rumi

He was trying to convince himself that he wasn’t guilty. – Walter Dean Myers

He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty. – Laozi

He who is contented is rich. – Laozi

He who knows others is clever; He who knows himself has discernment. – Laozi

He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened. – La-Tzu

How do I know what to think until I see what I say? – E.M.Forster

I am hope. – Neil Gaiman

I am who I am; no more, no less. – Terry Goodkind

I delight in what I fear. – Shirley Jackson

I like to play the guy that has no self-awareness. – Fred Willard

Indecision may or may not be my problem. – Jimmy Buffett

Is it possible to have negative self-awareness? – T. J. Miller

It’s disturbing when someone has no self-awareness. – Mike White

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. – Aristotle

Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides. – André Malraux

Many leadership problems are driven by low self-awareness. – Bill Hybels

My Sundays are mostly spent in self-reflection – Prashant Niranjani

No matter what happens, always be yourself. – Dale Carnegie

Of all deceivers fear most yourself! – Søren Kierkegaard

Once I know who I’m not, then I’ll know who I am. – Alanis Morissette

One who knows the Self puts death to death. – The Dhammapada

One who knows the self, is the awakened person. – Jain Quantum

Remember to F.L.Y. – First Love Yourself! – Mark Sterling

Resting in Awareness, we transform all the ‘stuff’ of our lives. – Ram Dass

Seeing within changes one’s outer vision. – Joseph Chilton Pearce

The challenge is not to be perfect…it’s to be whole. – Jane Fonda

The constant assertion of belief is an indicator of fear. – J. Krishnamurti

The easiest person to deceive is one’s own self. – Edward George Bulwer Lytton

The final mystery is oneself. – Oscar Wilde

The me I am is not the me I was. – Dear Evan Hansen

The mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body. – George A. Sheehan

The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself. – Thales

The unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates

The worse a person is the less he feels it. – Seneca the Younger

There is no birth of consciousness without pain. – Carl Jung

To get started, I will accept anything that occurs to me. – William Stafford

To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. – Bruce Lee

To see your drama clearly is to be liberated from it. – Ken Keyes Jr.

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. – Socrates

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

What we see reflects the state of our own mind. – Chris W Metz

When I discover who I am, I’ll be free. – Ralph Ellison

Who is to guard the guards themselves? – Juvenal

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. – Carl Jung

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? – Dr. Seuss

With awareness of your true nature, play your role well. – Unknown

Without self-awareness, we are as babies in the cradles. – Virginia Woolf

Yeah, it’s disturbing when someone has no self-awareness. – Mike White

You have to know that your real home is within. – Unknown

You know, you do have self-awareness as an actor. – Cate Blanchett

Cogito, ergo sum

“I think, therefore I am”.René Descartes

More Self-awareness Quotes

A degree of self-awareness is extremely valuable… I hope I have that going forward. – Nick McDonell

A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there’s work to be done. – Ram Dass

A high level of self-awareness leads to good self-control and self-monitoring.– Neal Martin

A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don’t know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox’s or bear’s, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there. – Meister Eckhart

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and his feelings as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. – Albert Einstein

A knowledge of the interaction of your conscious and subconscious minds will enable you to transform your whole life. – Joseph Murphy

A man does not have to go and find where his eyes are in order to see. The heart is there, always open to you, if you care to enter it, always supporting your movements, although you may be unaware of it. It is perhaps more correct to say that the Self is the Heart. Really the Self is the centre and is everywhere aware of itself as the Heart or Self-awareness. – Ramana Maharshi

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master–gardener of his soul, the director of his life. – James Allen

A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him. – Soren Kierkegaard

A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. – Oscar Wilde

A person who knows who they are is not threatened by the beliefs of others. – Robert Anthony

A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part. – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

A really useful quality to have as an actor is a lack of self-awareness. I try and get into the character’s thinking, and some of them just aren’t really that bothered about how they come across or aware of how they come across. – Monica Dolan

A remarkable memoir that’s packed with anecdotes, advice and humor, all while maintaining a high level of dignity and self-awareness. – Steve Martin

A second possible approach to general systems theory is through the arrangement of theoretical systems and constructs in a hierarchy of complexity, roughly corresponding to the complexity of the “individuals” of the various empirical fields… leading towards a “system of systems.” […] I suggest below a possible arrangement of “levels” of theoretical discourse…(vi) […] the “animal” level, characterized by increased mobility, teleological behavior and self-awareness… – Kenneth E. Boulding

A self-awareness moment. All of a sudden everything he has done comes flashing into his mind, a self-criticism that is unbearable. – Philip Seymour Hoffman

A slightly modified version of the Serenity Prayer: Lord, grant me the serenity to ignore the assholes I cannot avoid; The luck to avoid the ones I can; And the self-awareness not to be one myself. – Kelly Williams Brown

A spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the suicidal juggernaut of history. On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual and psychological self-awareness … will only perpetuate the problem it is trying to solve, however righteous its intentions. – Andrew Harvey

A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition. – James Allen

A traveler I am, and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul. – Kahlil Gibran

A universe without purpose should neither depress us nor suggest that our lives are purposeless. Through an awe-inspiring cosmic history we find ourselves on this remote planet in a remote corner of the universe, endowed with intelligence and self-awareness. We should not despair, but should humbly rejoice in making the most of these gifts, and celebrate our brief moment in the sun. – Lawrence M. Krauss

A workplace that encourages self-awareness is an environment where the most productive, curious, and innovative people thrive. – Neil Blumenthal

Above the senses is the mind. Above the mind is the intellect. Above the intellect us the ego. Above the ego is the unmanifested seed, the Primal Cause. And verily beyond the unmanifested seed is the self, the unconditioned knowing whom one attains to freedom and achieves immortality. – The Upanishads

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. – Eckhart Tolle

All that is best for us comes of itself into our hands-but if we strive to overtake it, it perpetually eludes us. – Ananda Coomaraswamy

All things are created twice, but not all first creations are by conscious design. In our personal lives, if we do not develop our own self-awareness and become responsible for first creations, we empower other people and circumstances outside our Circle of Influence to shape much of our lives by default. We reactively live the scripts handed to us by family, associates, other people’s agendas, the pressures of circumstance – scripts from our earlier years, from our training, our conditioning. – Stephen Covey

America is a younger country than England, obviously, and as self-awareness is forming in America – are we a collection of immigrants, are we a load of Italians and Germans and Jews and Brits and Irish, or are we a country with a soul and an identity? – there was a subliminal sense, they knew that the writers would be the ones who would answer those questions. – Martin Amis

Among the earliest forms of human self-awareness was the awareness of being meat. – David Quammen

Any action, even religious ones, if done without soul-awareness can become a cause of bondage. – Unknown

Any musician with a slight level of self-awareness can be taught to write a ‘good’ song. A great song is completely original. It feels as if the performer is the only person who could bring it to life. – Greta Salpeter

Apart from the pulling and hauling stands what I am, Stands amused, complacent, compassionating, idle, unitary, Looks down, is erect, or bends an arm on an impalpable certain rest, Looking with side-curved head curious what will come next, Both in and out of the game and watching and wondering at it. – Walt Whitman

Arise, transcend Thyself, Thou art man and the whole nature of man Is to become more than himself. – Sri Aurobindo

Aristotle was talking about happiness 2,000 years ago. Every area of our life has been disrupted and innovated apart from personal growth and self-awareness. – Jay Shetty

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. – Thomas Merton

As an artist, one of the ingredients to doing good work is self-awareness, and that’s something I cultivate. – Rodney Crowell

As my awareness increases, my control over my own being increases. – William Schutz

As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts. – Gautama Buddha

As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you, the first time around. – Oprah Winfrey

As your self-awareness grows, you become capable of greater honesty. – Tom Goodell

At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures – be what he is. And, above all, accept these things. – Albert Camus

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. – Lao Tzu

Awareness is all about restoring your freedom to choose what you want instead of what your past imposes on you. – Deepak Chopra

Awareness of the self is more acutely at the heart of things than it has ever been before. On the foundation of self-awareness alone rest all our hopes for a new politics, a new society, a revitalized life. If we do not genuinely know ourselves, the void will now, at last, surely rise up to meet us. – Vivian Gornick

Be aware of your eternally pure nature and your present impure state. – Unknown

Be bold, be brave enough to be your true self. – Queen Latifah

Beer is a gift from the goddesses, a soothing balm given our species to bring joy and comfort in compensation for the curse of self-awareness, the awful realization of our mortality. – Alan D. Eames

Before, I never knew how far I would go. Now I believe I have the answer. I will go as far as there is to go. I will go way too far. – Holly Black

Being on a spiritual path does not prevent you from facing times of darkness. But it teaches you how to use the darkness as a tool to grow. – Sadhak Anshit

Being spontaneous is being able to respond with confidence; calmly trusting that, whatever the outcome, you will have a positive if challenging experience that will lead to greater self-awareness and success. – Sylvia Clare

Believe in yourself that makes sense. You should believe in yourself you should believe that you’re capable of great things but you would hope that somebody would have some sort of Self-awareness. – Timothy Simons

But the man who is not afraid to admit everything that he sees to be wrong with himself, and yet recognizes that he may be the object of God’s love precisely because of his shortcomings, can begin to be sincere. His sincerity is based on confidence, not in his own illusions about himself, but in the endless, unfailing mercy of God. – Thomas Merton

But when day came, with a sprinkle of rain, and he looked about him and saw on every side unknown woods, wild heaths, and blue mountains, he thought how large and strange the world was and felt frightened and small. – C.S. Lewis

But when the flash flood crosses your path, when the lion leaps at you from the grasses, advanced self-awareness is an unaffordable indulgence. The brain stem does its best. – Peter Watts

But you can’t get away from yourself. You can’t decide not to see yourself anymore. You can’t decide to turn off the noise in your head. – Jay Asher

By becoming self-aware, you gain ownership of reality; in becoming real, you become the master of both inner and outer life. – Deepak Chopra

By definition, memoir demands a certain degree of introspection and self-disclosure: In order to fully engage a reader, the narrator has to make herself known, has to allow her own self-awareness to inform the events she describes. – Caroline Knapp

By learning to trust your intuition, miracles seem to happen. Intuitive thoughts are gifts from the higher self. – Susan Jeffers

By now he had learned enough to know that when he was getting annoyed at somebody else, it was usually because there was something that he himself should be doing, and he wasn’t doing it. – Lev Grossman

Care what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. – Lao Tzu

China is completely lacking in self-awareness and as someone who has stepped outside that society, I have a responsibility to write about it as I see it. – Ma Jian

Choice is the key, because human beings are the only creatures who can choose to evolve, who can shape their destiny. Furthermore, we have been given the gift of “self-awareness,” which allows us to step back into our true selves to observe and use our brains to create the world we wish to live in. – Deepak Chopra

Confidence is deciding you’re unstoppable — not that you’ll never fail. – Tom Bilyeu

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. – August Wilson

Consciousness is the inner light kindled in the soul… a music, strident or sweet, made by the friction of existence. – George Santayana

Define self-awareness and tell me what it is about it that requires something more than a material explanation. I do not accept the burden of explaining all phenomena, real or imagined. If you think more than matter is required for this thing you call self-awareness, which you have not defined, then you have the burden of showing why. – Victor J. Stenger

Despair is the price one pays for self-awareness. Look deeply into life, and you’ll always find despair. – Irvin D. Yalom

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes. – Walt Whitman

Don’t bother just to be better than others. Try to be better than yourself. – William Faulkner

Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown your own inner voice. – Steve Jobs

Emotional self-awareness is the building block of the next fundamental emotional intelligence: being able to shake off a bad mood. – Daniel Goleman

Every act of genuine creativity means achieving a higher level of self-awareness and personal freedom. – Rollo May

Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that’s printed about him. – Orson Welles

Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it’s not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. – She touches my uninjured shoulder and smiles. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can’t be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can’t be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them. – Veronica Roth

Every human has four endowments; self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom. The power to choose, to respond, to change. – Stephen Covey

Every moment lived in awareness is a moment truly celebrated. – Unknown

Every time I rap about being a big girl in a small world, it’s doing a couple things: it’s empowering my self-awareness, my body image, and it’s also making the statement that we are all bigger than this; we’re a part of something bigger than this, and we should live in each moment knowing that. – Lizzo

Everybody naturally wants to abide in that highest frequency of the heart, and it is often through intimate relationships that we are able to fully know this divine love within ourselves. These close relationships provide us not only with the experience of the highest joy and love in life, but also offer the opportunity for profound self-awareness, because each relationship mirrors both our bright attributes and our shadow sides. – John Friend

Everybody uses words to express themselves. Except me. And I bet most people don’t realize the real power of words. But I do. – Sharon M. Draper

Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it. – Marianne Williamson

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. – Carl Gustav Jung

Evil people hate the light because it reveals themselves to themselves. … They will destroy the light, the goodness, the love in order to avoid the pain of self-awareness. … [E]vil is laziness carried to its ultimate, extraordinary extreme. – M. Scott Peck

Explore thyself. Herein are demanded the eye and the nerve. – Henry David Thoreau

Fasting is, first and foremost, an exercise for identifying and managing adversity in all its forms. With faith, in full conscience, fasting calls women and men to an extra degree of self-awareness. – Tariq Ramadan

Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better. As the great Sun Tzu said: “When you know yourself and your opponent, you will win every time. When you know yourself but not your opponent, you will win one and lose one. However, when you do not know yourself or your opponent, you will be imperiled every time. – Bruce Lee

Find your authenticity Self-awareness anchors your character, reveals your faith, and limits your propensity to be defined by your circumstances.Dr. Victor Couzens

For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose. – Marcus Aurelius

For most people, self-awareness and self-pity blossom simultaneously in early adolescence. It’s about that time that we start viewing the world as something other than a whoop-de-doo playground, we start to experience personally how threatening it can be, how cruel and unjust. At the very moment when we become, for the first time, both introspective and socially conscientious, we receive the bad news that the world, by and large, doesn’t give a rat’s ass. – Tom Robbins

Forget the self and you will fear nothing, in whatever level or awareness you find yourself to be. – Carlos Castaneda

Freedom from desire leads to inner peace. – Laozi

From taking photographs of George and Charlotte, I have been struck by the wonderful lack of self-consciousness that you see in photographs of children, without the self-awareness that adults generally feel. – Kate Middleton

Gaining self-awareness is nothing more than, utilizing the natural abilities you already possess. – Rolley Hurley

Gaining self-awareness moves you into a more conscious state of who you are, your emotions, your fears, your thought patterns, destructive behaviors and insecurities. – Melinda Fouts

Getting what you want will not change your life at the Being Level, so don’t let what you have determine ‘who you are’, otherwise you will always feel dissatisfied. – Robert Anthony

Growing into the worlds above us, realizing the higher realms of consciousness within us, requires that we outgrow the worlds beneath us. – Guy Finley

Happiness is awareness, but awareness is not happiness. – James Swartz

Having children, they’re not your property. They need to figure out their own views. I think my daughters have a pretty healthy self-awareness, but I can’t speak on their behalf. – Annie Lennox

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. – Benjamin Franklin

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. – Laozi

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts. – Samuel Johnson

Heed the still small voice that so seldom leads us wrong, and never into folly. – Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond

How a man feels about himself is often more critical to his success than what he is objectively. – Harry Levinson, M.D.

How do we regulate our emotions? The answer is surprisingly simple: by thinking about them. The prefrontal cortex allows each of us to contemplate his or her own mind, a talent psychologists call metacognition. We know when we are angry; every emotional state comes with self-awareness attached, so that an individual can try to figure out why he’s feeling what he’s feeling. If the particular feeling makes no sense—if the amygdala is simply responding to a loss frame, for example—then it can be discounted. The prefrontal cortex can deliberately choose to ignore the emotional brain. – Jonah Lehrer

How to get rid of ego as dictator and turn it into messenger and servant and scout, to be in your service, is the trick. – Joseph Campbell

Human freedom involves our capacity to pause between the stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight. The capacity to create ourselves, based upon this freedom, is inseparable from consciousness or self-awareness. – Rollo May

Humans: such a brilliant model of emotional self-awareness. – Charles Stross

Humility is not about having a low self image or poor self esteem. Humility is about self-awareness. – Erwin McManus

I admire self-awareness more than probably any other quality, and I think in terms of what qualities are “good” in a person, it’s a mostly subjective opinion, so I can’t see a reason to think that self-absorption is inherently a bad thing. – Marie Calloway

I am thankful when I am hungry because then I know that when I eat, the food will taste better. Life has taught me that my true contentment rests in hope, and the pleasure itself is secondary. It is self-awareness, not happiness, that maintains peace. – Criss Jami

I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly. – Oscar Wilde

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. – Plato

I call the transformed world toward which we can move ‘sustainable,’ by which I mean a great deal more than a world that merely sustains itself unchanged. I mean a world that evolves, as life on earth has evolved for three billion years, toward ever greater diversity, elegance, beauty, self-awareness, interrelationship, and spiritual realization. – Donella Meadows

I can’t help thinking about memoir as a down-and-up process: Dive down for color; come up for context. Sink back down for action; climb back up for self-awareness and gratitude. – Koren Zailckas

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. – Aristotle

I didn’t think it was my job to accept what everyone said I was and who I should be. – Benjamin Alire Saenz

I dislike the word ‘self-help.’ Self-awareness, yes, but not self-help. – Deepak Chopra

I do interview senior candidates at the home office or many of our hotel or restaurant General Manager candidates. My two favorite questions are “Tell me about a failure in your career, what you learned from it, and how you’ve leveraged this lesson” and “All of us are misperceived at one time or another. What’s the most common way you’re misperceived in the workplace and why?” Both of these questions require a certain amount of self-awareness and a willingness to not give pat, normal answers that we offer experience in interviews. – Chip Conley

I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie. – Michel de Montaigne

I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself. – Arianna Huffington

I don’t fit into any stereotypes. And I like myself that way. – C. JoyBell C.

I don’t recall having any self-awareness about the intricacy of my stories. – A. E. van Vogt

I don’t want to write poems that are just really clear about how I’m aware of all the traps involved in writing poetry; I don’t want to write fiction that’s about the irresponsibility of writing fiction and I’ve thrown out a lot of writing that I think was ultimately tainted by that kind of self-awareness. – Ben Lerner

I find things funny that aren’t self-aware. That don’t know they’re funny, and I think the same can hold true for drama. If you think you’re in this tragedy and you play it for tragedy, there’s a self-awareness there that I think takes you out of watching it and I believe it cuts both ways. – Steve Carell

I firmly believe that what makes you sexy & beautiful is not the size of your body or the color lipstick you have on. What really makes you sexy is what you project – your confidence & your self-awareness. – Kate Dillon Levin

I found a new love of the game, and a new confidence and self-awareness of what I can bring to the game. – Stephanie Labbe

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

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me. – Hermann Hesse

I have been trying to make the reader believe that we actually are, at present, creatures whose character must be, in some respects, a horror to God, as it is, when we really see it, a horror to ourselves. This I believe to be a fact: and I notice that the holier a man is, the more fully he is aware of that fact. – C. S. Lewis

I have heard speakers… use the phrase, ‘I can say without fear of contradiction….’ Anyone who says this in a modern democracy, or to the shareholders of a modern company, should see the doctor. – Lord Chandos

I knew who I was this morning but I’ve changed a few times since then. – Lewis Carroll

I know that people can be better than they are. We are capable of bearing a great burden, once we discover that the burden is reality and arrive where reality is. – James Baldwin

I like that: a little pressure on the understood boundaries of yourself. Sounded like something out of a self-awareness class, probably with yoga. See what kind of a pretzel you can tie yourself into and press on the understood… I was raving, if only to myself. – Robin McKinley

I like to have my characters talking in an up-to-date way, and I like their essentially modern self-awareness, which means we can have lots of irony and jokes. – Jonathan Stroud

I read a lot by female psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé, who wrote prominent biographies of Nietzsche, Rilke, and Freud because she studied with all of them. She had this unbelievable insight into contemporary psychoanalysis. What is so interesting is that she wrote her life, and she knew that her life would be about these men, and it didn’t stop her from leading an incredibly successful academic career. But her strange self-awareness that she was going to bookmark these men’s lives is really interesting to me. – Laura Marling

I really explored self-awareness and emotions through ‘Green Lantern.’ It might sound goofy, but I do believe that emotions have power. We’re all driven by something, and most of that is emotional reaction. For me, it was about recognizing my self-awareness. – Geoff Johns

I spent many years seeking self-awareness and wondering what I should be doing on this planet. – Rosanna Arquette

I step to the side so I stand in front of the mirror. I see muscles that I couldn’t see before in my arms, legs, and stomach. I pinch my side, where a layer of fat used to hint at curves to come. Nothing. Dauntless initiation has stolen whatever softness my body had. Is that good, or bad? – Veronica Roth

I think he tries to be nice. But he has absolutely zero self-awareness. None. Zip. So we see the public Donald Trump, the candidate, as being different than the in-person Donald Trump. – Mark Cuban

I think my daughters have a pretty healthy self-awareness but I can’t speak on their behalf. – Annie Lennox

I think over time you learn to know a bit more about yourself – you develop a certain amount of self-insight and self-awareness, and you know what you can absorb, and what you cannot; what gets to you and what doesn’t. – Kofi Annan

I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion. – Billie Jean King

I think that sometimes quitting is exactly the right thing to do. Quitting something that’s not working requires self-awareness and courage. – Glennon Melton

I think that what I have been truly searching for as a person, as a writer, as a thinker, as a daughter, is freedom. That is my mission. A sense of liberty, the liberty that comes not only from self-awareness but also from letting go of many things. Many things that weigh us down. – Jhumpa Lahiri

I think that’s the real loss of innocence: the first time you glimpse the boundaries that will limit your potential. – Steve Toltz

I think there is a place where self-awareness becomes self-preoccupation if you don’t take what you have discovered and bring it to bear on the conditions of the world. – Marianne Williamson

I think… you still have no idea. The effect you can have. – Suzanne Collins

I try not to compare myself to the character. Mulan makes it happen – not through big drama, but through little decisions and bravery and self-awareness. – Liu Yifei

I wake up and play a different person every day. Playing all these different characters and trying to figure out who your true authentic self is at the core of that as you’re playing all these different roles, and man, that self-awareness starts to come into effect. And you start to see who you really are. – Eliza Dushku

I was in martial arts starting at the age of 14, and I got my black belt by the time I was 18. Soon after, I was teaching an entire school, with about 150 students. It was unbelievably intense because of the self-awareness part of becoming a black belt. – Brad D. Smith

I will no longer wound myself with the thoughts and questions that have surrounded me like thorns: that is a penance You do not ask of me. – Thomas Merton

I would love to meet Martin Luther King. His fearless attitude, leadership, and self-awareness changed our world. – Zulay Henao

I’d define it as self-awareness: an ability to trust your own judgment. An ability to see through veils of bullshit or spins on stories or propaganda. Maybe an ability to think for yourself. – Joe

I’m guessing that musicals didn’t make sense anymore because of the changes in the political environment that began in the late Sixties, an era of self-awareness and social revolutions. – Carmen Ejogo

I’m not dieting anymore. I want to eat what my body is asking of me. Just listen to your body in general – it’s all self-awareness. – Mary Lambert

I’m passionate about speaking out against bullying and speaking up for self-awareness with young people and body-image issues and self-esteem issues. – Lily Collins

If an emotion can’t change the condition or the situation you’re dealing with, it is likely an unhelpful emotion. Or, quite possibly, a destructive one. But it’s what I feel. Right, no one said anything about not feeling it. – Ryan Holiday

If I were a bad black comic I would name my special, Yo mama, and other stories of a lack of Self-awareness. – Dov Davidoff

If it is bread that you seek, you will have bread. If it is the soul you seek, you will find the soul. If you understand this secret, you know you are that which you seek. – Rumi

If self-validation were our most significant societal measure – we would give trophies to ourselves. – Mary Anne Radmacher

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we wouldn’t. – Emerson Pugh

If we are lucky, we can give in and rest without feeling guilty. We can stop doing and concentrate on being. – Kathleen Norris

If you sit down and just keep quiet…you are in the state of Self-Awareness. ..keeping quiet means being without any techniques, effort or intention to meditate…not following the thought stream…not pursuing the senses, no imagination…s uch an intense Self-focusing comes without any effort…then, by itself…out of nowhere, wisdom and insights come. – Mooji

If you stick your head in the sand and ignore things that you have the power to change, you can’t blame anyone when they don’t turn out right! – T. D. Jakes

If you think about what you do, if you become self-conscious about it, you’ve got to be very careful. Because I really like to write without self-awareness of what I’m doing. – Peter Morgan

If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself. – Benjamin Franklin

If you’re not perfectly conscious of yourself, that self can be tyrannical; in relationship to others, anyone can become a tyrant. That’s why no one can be a Superman. You have to go beyond yourself with a ‘third eye’ – self-awareness – because the one thing you cannot flee is yourself. – Gao Xingjian

If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far. – Daniel Goleman

If you’re searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror. – Anon

Ignorance is a lack of self-awareness; and knowledge is ignorance when there is no understanding of the ways of the self. Understanding of the self is freedom from knowledge. – J.Krishnamurti

In 2007, Stanford Business School Advisory committee asserted that Self-awareness was the most important attribute a leader should develop. The challenge for the modern entrepreneur is to take that path. – Kevin Kelly

In addition to self-awareness, imagination and conscience, it is the fourth human endowment – independent will – that really makes effective self-management possible. It is the ability to make decisions and choices and to act in accordance with them. It is the ability to act rather than to be acted upon, to proactively carry out the program we have developed through the other three endowments. Empowerment comes from learning how to use this great endowment in the decisions we make every day. – Stephen Covey

In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing. – Philip Gilbert Hamerton

In modern physics, the universe is experienced as a dynamic inseparable whole which always includes the observer in an essential way. – Fritjof Capra

In other living creatures the ignorance of themselves is nature, but in men it is a vice. – Boethius

In our personal lives, if we do not develop our own self-awareness and become responsible for first creations, we empower other people and circumstances to shape our lives by default. – Stephen Covey

In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part. – Nisargadatta Maharaj

In the moment of unawareness, you are a slave. In the moment of awareness, you are the master. – Unknown

Infinite Spirit: Give us, we pray, the will and capacity to grow, the sensitivity and receptivity to see in new ways, and the humility to understand how little we yet have grown and how little we yet have seen. – Dr. James Killiam

Intense asana practice – too much, too soon – can have detrimental effects. It can also promote a dissociation from the personal sensitivity and self-awareness that I am trying to encourage. I don’t want to contribute to furthering physical or psychological trauma. – James Fox

Invoking the letters of God’s Name without presence of mind is invocation of the tongue; invoking with presence of mind is invocation of the heart; and invoking with an absence of self-awareness because of absorption in the Invoked is the invocation of the Self – this is the hidden invocation! – Ibn Ata Allah

It also is becoming obvious that those who avoid the painful encounter with the unseen are doomed to live a [prideful], boring, and superficial life. – Henri J. M. Nouwen

It does not matter how strong and well prepared you are if you have no direction. – Yulia Peralta

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. – Gautama Buddha

It is only through the flame of awareness, through full consciousness, not through self-analysis, that one can discern the prejudices, the escapes, the self-defensive values which are continually twisting experience. – J. Krishnamurti

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. – Antione de Saint-exupery

It is the individual who knows how little he knows about himself who stands a reasonable chance of finding out something about himself before he dies. – S.L. Hayakawa

It is untrue that fiction is nonutilitarian. The uses of fiction are synonymous with the uses of literature. They include refreshment, clarification of life, self-awareness, expansion of our range of experiences, and enlargement of our sense of understanding and discovery, perception, intensification, expression, beauty, and understanding. Like literature generally, fiction is a form of discovery, perception, intensification, expression, beauty, and understanding. If it is all these things, the question of whether it is a legitimate use of time should not even arise. – Leland Ryken

It is utterly useless to try to change the outer world, for it is but a reflection of inner causes. The true seeker seeks to change himself. – Vernon Howard

It is when you lose sight of yourself, that you lose your way. To keep your truth in sight you must keep yourself in sight and the world to you should be a mirror to reflect to you your image; the world should be a mirror that you reflect upon. – C. JoyBell C.

It isn’t normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement. – Abraham Harold Maslow

It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about. – Dale Carnegie

It seems to be the special peculiarity of human beings that they reflect: they think about thinking and know that they know. This, like other feedback systems, may lead to vicious circles and confusions if improperly managed, but self-awareness makes human experience resonant. It imparts that simultaneous “echo” to all that we think and feel as the box of a violin reverberates with the sound of the strings. It gives depth and volume to what would otherwise be shallow and flat. – Alan Watts

It’s a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself. Makes you wonder what else you can do that you’ve forgotten about. – Alan Ball

It’s really about connecting to your own humanity and your own behaviors, and getting to a level of self-awareness so that you can have perspective and step outside of yourself and transform and become another person. – Bryce Dallas Howard

It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others. – Sydney J. Harris

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. – Tom Robbins

It’s only the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eyes. – Antione de Saint-Exupery

I’m slowly learning how to straddle the tension that comes with understanding that I am tough and tender, brave and afraid, strong and struggling – all of these things, all of the time. I’m working on letting go of having to be one or the other and embracing the wholeness of wholeheartedness. The roles in my life – partner, mother, teacher, researcher, leader, entrepreneur – all require me to bring my whole self to the table. We can’t be ‘all in’ if only parts of us show up. If we’re not living, loving, parenting, or leading with our whole, integrated hearts, where doing it halfheartedly. – Brené Brown

Jnana is given neither from outside nor from another person. It can be realised by each and everyone in his own Heart. The jnana Guru of everyone is only the Supreme Self that is always revealing its own truth in every Heart through the being-conciousness ‘I am, I am.’ The granting of true knowledge by him is initiation into jnana. The grace of the Guru is only that Self-awareness that is one’s own true nature. It is the inner conciousness by which he is unceasingly revealing his existence. This divine upadesa is always going on naturally in everyone. – Ramana Maharshi

Julian Jaynes’s theories for the nature of self-awareness, introspection, and consciousness have replaced the assumption of their almost ethereal uniqueness with explanations that could initiate the next change in paradigm for human thought. – Michael Persinger

Just take this as a warning. Know that there’s always a price for not being yourself. – Benilde Little

Keeping a personal journal a daily in-depth analysis and evaluation of your experiences is a high-leverage activity that increases self-awareness and enhances all the endowments and the synergy among them. – Stephen Covey

Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend. – Jeremy Taylor

Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do. – Menander

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. – Laozi

Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness. – James Thurber

Life is everything. Life is God. Everything shifts and moves, and this movement is God. And while there is life, there is delight in the self-awareness of the divinity. To love life is to love God. The hardest and most blissful thing is to love this life in one’s suffering, in the guiltlessness of suffering. – Leo Tolstoy

Look at the evidence and to be willing to question your own truths, and to be willing to scrutinize things that you hold dearly because that way, that transparency, that self-awareness, will protect you from ever becoming somebody that whose beliefs somehow make them have myopic vision about what could be. – Jason Silva

Look deeply into your disappointments, examine your heartache, interrogate your longing, probe your loneliness, meditate honestly on the elements of love of which you are still ignorant, and you will discover that the void within you is already filled with the desire for fulfillment. Your yearning itself is an internal guidance system that is moving you to become a lover. – Sam Keen

Look outside and you will see yourself. Look inside and you will find yourself. – Drew Gerald

Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world. – Miguel de Cervantes

Man is the only living being who has a developed self-awareness and death-awareness. – Theodosius Dobzhansky

Man is the only significant link between the physical order and the spiritual one. Without man the universe is a howling wasteland contemplated by an unseen Deity. – Morris West

Man’s first expression, like his first dream, was an aesthetic one. Speech was a poetic outcry rather than a demand for communication. Original man, shouting his consonants, did so in yells of awe and anger at his tragic state, at his own self-awareness and at his own helplessness before the void. – Barnett Newman

Mature striving is linked to long-range goals. Thus, the process of becoming is largely a matter of organizing transitory impulses into a pattern of striving and interest in which the element of self-awareness plays a large part. – Gordon W. Allport

Maybe I’m not so different from everyone else after all. – Sharon M. Draper

Maybe my problem isn’t that I can’t go home. I will miss my mother and father and Caleb and evening firelight and the clack of my mother’s knitting needles, but that is not the only reason for this hollow feeling in my stomach. My problem might be that even if I did go home, I wouldn’t belong there, among people who give without thinking and care without trying. – Veronica Roth

Maybe you’re just too pretty yourself to be able to see it elsewhere. – Arthur Golden

Meditation is warm-up exercise for the mind, so that you can jog through the rest of the day without getting agitated or spraining your patience. – Eknath Easwaran

Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves. – Gene Fowler

Mindfulness is a state wherein one is totally aware in any situation and so always able to respond appropriately. Yet one is aware of being aware. Mindlessness, on the other hand, or “no-mindness” as it has been called, is a condition of such complete absorption that there is not vestige of self-awareness. – Philip Kapleau

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them – without believing, for instance, that there’s a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune in to what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. – Brené Brown

Modern man is conditioned to expect instant gratification, but any success or triumph realized quickly, with only marginal effort, is necessarily shallow. Meaningful achievement takes time, hard work, persistence, patience, proper intent and self-awareness. The path to success is punctuated by failure, consolidation, and renewed effort. – Mark Twight

Mortality is a totally different state of being. You become more aware of time. I was absolutely content as a naiad. I lived in an unchanging state for what must have been many millennia, never thinking of the future or the past, always looking for amusement, always finding it. Almost no self-awareness. – Brandon Mull

Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it’s addressed to someone else. – Ivern Ball

Most of us live our lives desperately trying to conceal the anguishing gap between our polished, aspirational, representational selves and our real, human, deeply flawed selves. Dunham lives hers in that gap, welcomes the rest of the world into it with boundless openheartedness, and writes about it with the kind of profound self-awareness and self-compassion that invite us to inhabit our own gaps and maybe even embrace them a little bit more, anguish over them a little bit less. – Maria Popova

Most people have no sense of self-awareness. They’re not aware of what they really want. They knew it when they were younger but then as they get older they listened to parents, they listened to peers and they think that, for instance, money is the most important thing when it really isn’t. – Robert Greene

My dog doesn’t worry about the meaning of life. She may worry if she doesn’t get her breakfast, but she doesn’t sit around worrying whether she will get fulfilled or liberated or enlightened. As long as she gets some food and a little affection, her life is fine. But we human beings are not like dogs. We have self-centered minds which get us into plenty of trouble. If we do not come to understand the error in the way we think, our self-awareness, which is our greatest blessing, is also our downfall. – Joko Beck

My friend…care for your psyche…know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves. – Socrates

My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood feels and believes and says, is always true. – D.H. Lawrence

My heart needs only one thing. It needs to be guided Along the age-old path Of life-blossoming self-awareness. – Sri Chinmoy

My true relationship is with myself – all others are simply mirrors of it. – Shakti Gawain

Nationalism and extremism … are spreading today like a cancerous growth in the fabric of people’s national self-awareness. – Raisa Gorbacheva

Never confuse your perception of yourself with the mystery that you really are accepted. – Brennan Manning

No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

No longer in a relational universe, can we study anything as separate from ourselves. Our acts of observation are part of the process that brings forth the manifestation of what we are observing. – Margaret J. Wheatley

No matter how much we ask after the truth, self-awareness is often unpleasant. We do not feel kindly toward the Truthsayer. – Frank Herbert

No one can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. – Khalil Gibran

No, I was wrong; I didn’t jump off the roof because I wanted to be like the Dauntless. I jumped off because I already was like them, and I wanted to show myself to them. I wanted to acknowledge a part of myself that Abnegation demanded that I hide. – Veronica Roth

Numbing the pain for a while will only make it worse when you finally feel it. – J.K. Rowling

Once we are self-aware, we must choose purposes and principles to live by; otherwise the vacuum will be filled, and we will lose our self-awareness and become like groveling animals who live primarily for survival and propagation. People who exist on that level aren’t living; they are “being lived”. – Stephen Covey

Once you become aware of what you are capable of achieving, you won’t settle for mediocrity. – ATGW

Once you see what you are doing or have been doing, you also see its futility, and that unconscious pattern then comes to an end by itself. Awareness is the greatest agent for change. – Eckhart Tolle

One of the basic laws of human existence is: find yourself, know yourself, be yourself. – Norman Vincent Peale

One of the goals of a spiritual practice is self-awareness, and one of the best tools of self-awareness is simple emotional vulnerability. – Moby

One of the keys to harnessing this potentially unlimited power of the mind is to expand your level of self-awareness. – Deepak Chopra

One of the reasons I’m an interesting person to be married to is my intensely late-blooming self-awareness. – John Ortberg

One think that you notice about anyone that gets up on stage is that they don’t really have a lot of self-awareness. It’s kind of a trait that performers don’t have because you just kinda just have to let go and do whatever you want to do on stage. – Tyler Joseph

One who cannot listen long and patiently will presently be talking beside the point and be never really speaking to others, albeit he be not conscious of it. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

One, who knows the self, does not need anything from the outside world. – P. S. K. Prasad

Only you can take inner freedom away from yourself, or give it to yourself. Nobody else can. – Michael A. Singer

Our own self-awareness arises not in the Cartesian cogito, but in our finding ourselves in relation to other beings in whom we both actively recognize and do not recognize our own subjectivity, in an inexhaustible dialectic. – John Milbank

Our very awareness is the window upon which reality presents itself. – Frederick Lenz

Over time you learn to know a bit more about yourself – you develop a certain amount of self-insight and self-awareness, and you know what you can absorb, and what you cannot; what gets to you and what doesn’t. And I observe a lot. I see a lot around me. And over time you also get to understand the nature of man and the environments you are dealing with, and you can’t always allow emotions and temper to flare up because you’re displeased with something, or you want to change it. – Kofi Annan

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. – Brene Brown

Patients are patients because they are out of rapport with their own unconscious… Patients are people who have had too much programming – so much outside programming that they have lost touch with their inner selves. – Milton H. Erickson

Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic. – Jean Sibelius

People need to know that they have all the tools within themselves. Self-awareness, which means awareness of their body, awareness of their mental space, awareness of their relationships – not only with each other, but with life and the ecosystem. – Deepak Chopra

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

People should accept being single, because those are the moments you can really focus on yourself, and learning who you are. Then when you get in a relationship, you will be stronger and have a little bit more self-awareness, self-love, and the other ingredients for a healthy relationship. – Lauren London

Perhaps the enemies of liberty are such only because they judge it by its loud voice. If they knew its charms, the dignity that accompanies it, how much a free man feels like a king, the perpetual inner light that is produced by decorous self-awareness and realization, perhaps there would be no greater friends of freedom than those who are its worst enemies. – Jose Marti

Physically you are a human being, but mentally you are incomplete. Given that we have this physical human form, we must safeguard our mental capacity for judgment. For that, we cannot take out insurance; the insurance company is within: self-discipline, self-awareness, and a clear realization of the disadvantages of anger and the positive effects of kindness. – Dalai Lama

Political movements for justice are part of the fuller development of the cosmos, and nature is the matrix in which humans come to their self-awareness of their power to transform. Liberation movements are a fuller development of the cosmos’s sense of harmony, balance, justice, and celebration. This is why true spiritual liberation demands rituals of cosmic celebrating and healing, which will in turn culminate in personal transformation and liberation. – Matthew Fox

Pop music is great, but there’s a lot of BS about the attitude of guys being super-gangster – that’s why the whole thing is silly. It’s making fun of itself. That self-awareness is why people enjoy it. It’s refreshing. – Emily Ratajkowski

Post-​wounded women know that postures of pain play into limited and outmoded conceptions of womanhood. Their hurt has a new native language spoken in several dialects: sarcastic, jaded, opaque; cool and clever. They guard against those moments when melodrama or self-​pity might split their careful seams of intellect, expose the shame of self-​absorption without self-​awareness. – Leslie Jamison

Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. – Margaret Thatcher

Practice self-awareness, self-evaluation, and self-improvement. If we are aware that our manners – language, behavior, and actions – are measured against our values and principles, we are able to more easily embody the philosophy, leadership is a matter of how to be, not how to do. – Frances Hesselbein

Quiet reflection is often the mother of deep understanding. Maintain that peaceful nursery, enabling stillness to speak. – Tom Althouse

Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Remember this also: it’s always easy to look back and see what we were, yesterday, ten years ago. It is hard to see what we are. If you can master that trick, you’ll get along. – Harper Lee

Researchers here in New York created a robot that actually passed a self-awareness test. So if you’re keeping score, that’s robots: 1, Donald Trump, 0. – Jimmy Fallon

Robots may gradually attain a degree of ‘self-awareness’ and consciousness of their own. – Michio Kaku

Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet. – Doris Brown Heritage

Running is the classical road to self-consciousn ess, self-awareness and self-reliance. Independence is the outstanding characteristic of a runner. He learns the harsh reality of his physical and spiritual limitations when he runs. He learns that personal commitment, sacrifice and determination are his only means to betterment. Runners get promoted only through self-conquest. – Noel Coward

Running is the classical road to self-consciousness, self-awareness, and self-reliance. – Noel Carroll

Sainthood emerges when you can listen to someone’s tale of woe and not respond with a description of your own. – Andrew Mason

Self-leadership is about awareness, tolerance , and not letting your own natural tendencies limit your potential. – Scott Belsky

Self-love is a good thing, but self-awareness is more important. You need to once in a while go ‘Uh, I’m kind of an asshole.’ – Louis C.K.

She said, ‘There’s nothing wrong with not understanding yourself.’ – Jonathan Safran Foer

So every time I rap about being a big girl in a small world it’s doing a couple things: it’s empowering my self-awareness, my body image, and it’s also making the statement that we are all bigger than this, we’re a part of something bigger than this, and we should live in each moment knowing that. – Lizzo

So much comedy comes out of an earnest, deeply rooted need for one thing or another, trying to get it and caring so much that you lose your sense of self-awareness. – Jeremy Sisto

So war and peace start in the human heart. Whether that heart is open or whether that heart is closed has global implications. – Pema Chodron

Some artists shrink from self-awareness, fearing that it will destroy their unique gifts and even their desire to create. The truth of the matter is quite opposite. – James Broughton

Some of the greatest battles you will face will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul. – Ezra Taft Benson

Some people think humility is thinking lowly of yourself. Some people think it’s not thinking about yourself. But, to me, the best definition of humility is radical self-awareness from a distance, seeing themselves from a distance and saying, what’s my problem? – David Brooks

Spiritual growth requires the development of inner knowing and inner authority. It requires the heart, not the intellect. – Gary Zukav

Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create. – Oprah Winfrey

Strong people have a strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness; they don’t need the approval of others. – Roy T. Bennett

Suppose I grant that pigs and dogs are self-aware to some degree, and do have thoughts about things in the future. That would provide some reason for thinking it intrinsically wrong to kill them – not absolutely wrong, but perhaps quite a serious wrong. Still, there are other animals – chickens maybe, or fish – who can feel pain but don’t have any self-awareness or capacity for thinking about the future. For those animals, you haven’t given me any reason why painless killing would be wrong, if other animals take their place and lead an equally good life. – Peter Singer

Technology is neutral. You can use [it] to become frenetic and to go out of your mind. But you can also use technology to relax and improve performance. Self-awareness is not just relaxation and not just meditation. It must combine relaxation with activity and dynamism. Technology can aid that. – Deepak Chopra

That’s the thing I hated most about Gatlin. The way everyone had something to say about everything you said or did or, in this case, wore. – Kami Garcia

The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move. . . . Nobody’d be different. The only thing that would be different would be you. – J. D. Salinger

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. – Joseph Campbell

The biggest adversary in our life is ourselves. We are what we are, in a sense, because of the dominating thoughts we allow to gather in our head. All concepts of self-improvement, all actions and paths we take, relate solely to our abstract image of ourselves. Life is limited only by how we really see ourselves and feel about our being. A great deal of pure self-knowledge and inner understanding allows us to lay an all-important foundation for the structure of our life from which we can perceive and take the right avenues. – Bruce Lee

The biggest enemies of willpower: temptation, self-criticism, and stress. (…) these three skills —self-awareness, self-care, and remembering what matter most— are the foundation for self-control. – Kelly McGonigal

The case for exploiting animals for food, clothing and entertainment often relies on our superior intelligence, language and self-awareness: the rights of the superior being trump those of the inferior. – Michael Shermer

The characters I’ve played that I like the most are people that have a lot of obstacles. They have a lot of bad things going on. They’re seeking to do something good amidst all the detritus around them, and they’re aware of how badly they’ve screwed it up. That kind of self-awareness is tragic. – Paul Sparks

The closer you come to knowing that you alone create the world of your experience, the more vital it becomes for you to discover just who is doing the creating. – Eric Micha’el Leventhal

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. – Carl R. Rogers

The day you decide that you are more interested in being aware of your thoughts than you are in the thoughts themselves – that is the day you will find your way out. – Michael Singer

The destination isn’t in finding yourself. The destination is in the search. – Thomas Warfield

The dismissal of any of these people would send a useful signal to U.S. allies that the president has the nerve – and self-awareness – to make a change. – Bret Stephens

The ego is nothing but condensed unawareness. When you become aware by and by that condensed unawareness we call ‘ego’ disappears. Just as if you bring a lamp into the room – and the darkness disappears. Awareness is the lamp, the lamp we were talking about the first day. Be a lamp unto yourself. – Rajneesh

The everyday brain could be dubbed “the baseline brain,” because it operates at the minimum functioning to keep you alive and healthy. It controls your heart rate, your blood pressure, your immune function, all of your subconscious impulses. That’s not a minor role; the baseline brain is a marvel of complexity and efficiency. But too much of it is devoted to habits, old conditioning, unconscious reflexes, and lack of self-awareness. – Deepak Chopra

The first step to change,… is accepting your reality right now. Honoring your process. Compassionate self-awareness leads to change; harsh self-criticism only holds the pattern in place, creating a stubborn and defensive Basic Self. Be gentle with yourself as you would with a child. Be gentle but firm. Give yourself the space to grow. But remember that the timing is in god’s hands, not yours. – Dan Millman

The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. – Nathaniel Branden

The goal of the Creator is for each entity to make a conscious choice to again seek Oneness, out of our own free will – not because anyone else forced us to. If we are told what to do and what to believe, then we have learned nothing and will not make any progress. Perhaps the single most basic realization to make is that we live in a loving Universe. If we are all One Being, then it is foolish for us to hate anyone, as we are only hating ourselves. – David Wilcock

The good news is that . . . humans are gifted by the potential for self-awareness and intelligent choice, and knowing our circumstance is an invitation to change. – William E. Rees

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. – Michel de Montaigne

The habit of employing self-deception to maintain one’s self esteem has often become so ingrained that the first step to developing accurate self-awareness is honest acknowledgment of the existence of hidden emotions, motives and tendencies in the mind without immediately suppressing them. – Bhikkhu Analayo

The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else. – E.E. Cummings

The idea of suicide, understandable as it is, does not seem commendable to me. We live in order to gain the greatest possible amount of spiritual development and self-awareness. As long as life is possible, even if only in a minimal degree, you should hang onto it, in order to scoop it up for the purpose of conscious development. To interrupt life before its time is to bring to a standstill an experiment which we have not set up. We have found ourselves in the midst of it and must carry it through to the end. – Carl Jung

The illusion of self-awareness. Happy automatons, running on trivial programs. I’ll bet you never guess. From the inside, how can you? – Vernor Vinge

The inner voice– the human compulsion when deeply distressed to seek healing counsel within ourselves, and the capacity within ourselves both to create this counsel and receive it. – Alice Walker

The Jew has his anchorage not in place but in time, in his highly developed sense of history as personal context. Six thousand years of self-awareness are a homeland. – George Steiner

The journey of true success and lasting leaderships begins with the inward journey to the soul. – James Arthur Ray

The joy of being a consumer is that it doesn’t require thought, responsibility, self-awareness or shame: All you have to do is obey the first urge that gurgles up from your stomach. And then obey the next. And the next. And the next. – Matt Taibbi

The key is to remember a sex scene is a scene of dramatic action and psychological development. You need to pay attention to emotion and to a character’s self-awareness or lack of self-awareness. – K. M. Soehnlein

The key to an ideal workplace, in one hyphenated word, is this: self-awareness. – Neil Blumenthal

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. – Lao Tzu

The Master said, If out of the three hundred songs I had to take one phrase to cover all my teachings, I would say ‘Let there be no evil in your thoughts.’ – Confucius

The minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion. – Soren Kierkegaard

The more flexible we become in our thinking and being, the more we open ourselves to self-awareness & growth. – James Van Praagh

The more intimately you come in contact with your own Being, the simpler things look and the easier they are to deal with. – Deepak Chopra

The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you. – Eckhart Tolle

The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently. – Pema Chödrön

The most important conversations you’ll ever have are the ones you’ll have with yourself. – David Goggins

The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself. – John Fowles

The Nation of Islam’s main focus was teaching black pride and self-awareness. Why should we keep trying to force ourselves into white restaurants and schools when white people didn’t want us? Why not clean up our own neighborhoods and schools instead of trying to move out of them and into white people’s neighborhoods? – Muhammad Ali

The only gracious way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can’t ignore it, top it; if you can’t top it, laugh at it; if you can’t laught at it, it’s probably deserved. – Russell Lynes

The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself. – Ursula K. Le Guin

The only religious opinion I feel sure of is this: self-awareness is not just a bunch of amino acids bumping together. – Robert A. Heinlein

The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment. And if this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within. – Mahatma Gandhi

The primary purpose of going to college isn’t to get a great job. The primary purpose of college is to build a strong mind, which leads to greater self-awareness, capability, fulfillment, and service opportunities, which, incidentally, should lead to a better job. – Sean Covey

The proble of a self-awareness is not primarily a question of a specific “what”, but of a unique “how”. – Dan Zahavi

The reason we’re such fertile ground for the dark forces of such lies and social manipulation is that we’re dissociated from the genuine light of self-awareness. – Marianne Williamson

The road back from degradation begins with self-awareness – and sometimes, as in ‘Phone Booth,’ change can begin with a single phone call. – Elvis Mitchell

The role of ongoing self-development and self-awareness can give you the tools and practical guide to keep focused and use Positive Consciousness to create and manifest what you want in your life. – Publish

The second you think that all your good fortune is a product of your virtue, you become highly judgmental, lacking empathy, totally without self-awareness, arrogant, stupid – I mean, all the stuff that our ruling class is. – Tucker Carlson

The Self shines eternally, and like the sun behind a passing cloud, it never ceases to shine. Enlightenment is purely a matter of removing the cloud of unknowing. – Devadatta Kali

The slavery of identity comes from our refusal to face ourselves. So we must begin the exploration to self-awareness. Where do we start? – Ruben Papian

The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying-glass available. – Theodor W. Adorno

The successful entrepreneurs that I see have two characteristics: self-awareness and persistence. They’re able to see problems in their companies through their self-awareness and be persistent enough to solve them. – Alan Schaaf

The surest way to lose sight of who you are is to constantly compare yourself to others. – Tom Krause

The test of a civilized person is first self-awareness, and then depth after depth of sincerity in self-confrontation. – Clarence Day

The thing about living alone is that it gives you a lot of time to think. You don’t necessarily reach any conclusions, because wisdom is largely a function of intelligence and self-awareness, not time on your hands. But you do become very good at thinking yourself into endless loops of desperation in half the time it would take a normal person. – Jonathan Tropper

The things that make me different are the things that make me me. – Winnie the Pooh

The Three Armies can be deprived of their commanding officer, but even a common man cannot be deprived of his purpose. – Confucius

The training is a set of interpersonal interactions that lead to emotional and intellectual experiences that provide a circumstance and an intrument for Self-awareness, self observation and reflection on the circumstances of the subject trainee, both in his individual life and as a social being. – Humberto Maturana

The truly enlightened soul has an even deeper awareness. – Mike George

The truth, of course, was that it was all my own self, and my own impiety had divided me against myself. My sin was all the more incurable because I did not think myself a sinner. – St. Augustine

The Universe is a unity, an interacting and genetically-related community of beings bound together in an inseparable relationship in space and time… The human is that being in whom the Universe activates, reflects upon, and celebrates itself in conscious self-awareness. – Thomas Berry

The Universe was a silly place at best…but the least likely explanation for it was the no-explanation of random chance, the conceit that abstract somethings ‘just happened’ to be atoms that ‘just happened’ to get together in ways which ‘just happened’ to look like consistent laws and some configurations ‘just happened’ to possess self-awareness and that two ‘just happened’ to be the Man from Mars and a bald-headed old coot with Jubal inside. – Robert A. Heinlein

The unlived life is not worth examining. … Self-awareness, self-examination, self-consciousness are for the quiet moments. In the arena they are paralyzing. The self must not be held out of the arena until living skills have been learned. – Jo Coudert

The whole world can gossip about you, and if you don’t take it personally you are immune. – Miguel Angel Ruiz

The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs. – Joan Didion

The woman who is truly self-aware knows that her self is a light from beyond this world, a spiritual essence that has nothing to do with the physical world. – Marianne Williamson

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root, and it may be that he who bestows the largest amount of time and money on the needy is doing the most by his mode of life to produce that misery which he strives in vain to relieve. – Henry David Thoreau

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. – Henry David Thoreau

There are certain jobs I don’t take because I feel no connection to the person. But if somebody is open with me, and honest about their motivations, and has some level of self-awareness, then I’m going to understand them. – Hilary Liftin

There are few men who would dare publish the prayers they make to almighty God. – Michel de Montaigne

There are self-awareness groups, to help you discover who you really are … encounter groups, to help you deal with who you really are … assertiveness training groups to help you stand up for who you really are … Suddenly, the only way to become an individual is to join a group. – Cathy Guisewite

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

There is a very good saying that if triangles invented a god, they would make him three-sided. – Charles

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self. – Ernest Hemingway

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

There is the experience of enlightenment, to be very aware of what lies beyond the boundaries of cognitive perception, reflection and self-awareness as seen by the personality. – Frederick Lenz

There’s nothing wrong with being proud of America, believing that America can do great things. America can do great things, it has done great things. I think we have to have the self-awareness to recognize that the world is a very, very big place, that we could be a force for good things in the world, but we have to have the humility to recognize that sometimes even when we think we’re acting from the best of motives our own idealism can be infected by self-interest. Other people in other countries can see it sometimes better than we can. – Peter Beinart

They are denied access to the more advanced techniques of releasing the kundalini energy, which bring about quantum leaps in self-awareness. – Frederick Lenz

This fall I think you’re riding for—it’s a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn’t permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling. The whole arrangement’s designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn’t supply them with. Or they thought their own environment couldn’t supply them with. So they gave up looking. They gave it up before they ever really even got started. – J. D. Salinger

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections. – Saint Augustine

Though we can’t always see it at the time, if we look upon events with some perspective, we see things always happen for our best interests. We are always being guided in a way better than we know ourselves. – Swami Satchidananda

Through conscious beings the universe has generated self-awareness. This can be no trivial detail, no minor byproduct of mindless, purposeless forces. We are truly meant to be here. – Paul Davies

Time seems to pass. The world happens, unrolling into moments, and you stop to glance at a spider pressed to its web. There is a quickness of light and a sense of things outlined precisely and streaks of running luster on the bay. You know more surely who you are on a strong bright day after a storm when the smallest falling leaf is stabbed with self-awareness. The wind makes a sound in the pines and the world comes into being, irreversibly, and the spider rides the wind-swayed web. – Don DeLillo

Time spent in self-reflection is never wasted – it is an intimate date with yourself. – Paul TP Wong

To be a champion, you must have no ego at all. You must not exist as a separate entity. You must give yourself over to the race. You are nothing if not for your team, your car, your shoes, your tires. Do not mistake confidence and self-awareness for egotism. – Garth Stein

To be aware of a single shortcoming within oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in somebody else. – Dalai Lama

To become aware of oneself involves becoming aware of all the others who have been and who are a part of us, for we are created in and through relationships. – Juneau Mahan Gary

To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are. – Eric Hoffer

To bring in awareness, learn to create an interval between any experience and your response to it. – Unknown

To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one’s own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat. – Plato

To deny that human beings are filled with anti-social passions betrays a denial of reality and a lack of self-awareness. One has to be taught nonsense for a great many formative years to believe it. – Dennis Prager

To do good things in the world, first you must know who you are and what gives meaning to your life. – Robert Browning

To know oneself is to study oneself in action, which is relationship. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

To know yourself you need not go to any book, to any priest, to any psychologist. The whole treasure is within yourself. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

To know yourself, you must sacrifice the illusion that you already do. – Vironika Tugaleva

To me, great writing – and when you can really make something wonderful out of it as an actor – is when your character has a sense of self-awareness. It doesn’t necessarily have to arc. It doesn’t have to grow. – Bob Odenkirk

To see things for what they are is to see with the eyes of the vastness itself. – Suzanne Segal

To the enlightened man… whose consciousness embraces the universe, to him the universe becomes his ‘body’, while the physical body becomes the manifestation of the universal mind. His inner vision an expression of the highest reality, and his speech an expression of eternal truth and mantric power. – Anagarika Govinda

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

Tori was the only one in the tattoo place, so I felt safe getting the symbol of Abnegation—a pair of hands, palms up as if to help someone stand, bounded by a circle—on my right shoulder. I know it was a risk, especially after all that’s happened. But that symbol is a part of my identity, and it felt important to me that I wear it on my skin. – Veronica

Touching hands are not like pharmaceuticals or scalpels. They are like flashlights in a darkened room. The medicine they administer is self-awareness. And for many of our painful conditions, this is the aid that is most urgently needed. – Deane Juhan

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. – Socrates

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. – Golda Meir

Try to imagine that you’re the strongest, most noble, most thoughtful, most compassionate, intelligent person in the world, and pretend to be that. Speak from that place. It’s more than self-awareness; it’s the ability to access this super-intelligence. – Andrew W.K.

Understanding comes about through feeling, from moment to moment in the mirror of relationship. – Bruce Lee

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. – C.G. Jung

Usually for a movie, if you want a 13-year-old, you get a 16-year-old who looks 13, because 13-year-olds dont have that level of self-awareness. – Robbie Coltraine

Values-oriented foreign policy of the free world would be much better, supported by the self-awareness of being on the right side of history. – Garry Kasparov

Watchfulness is experiencing a sudden glimpse of something without any qualifications – just the sudden glimpse itself. – Chogyam Trungpa

We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior. – Graydon Carter

We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful. – Eric Micha’el Leventhal

We are creatures on this planet that have the capacity of self-awareness, playing out our role just the same as all else. – Bryan Kest

We are our own worst enemies and as a coach you can help people recognise that, raise their self-awareness and then see if they change or do anything about it. – Graham Potter

We can only give away to others what we have inside ourselves. – Wayne Dyer

We can’t write a serious novel in the 21st century without acknowledging the inescapable self-awareness we’re stuck with. The idea we’re surrounded by falsehoods and lies. It’s hard for the thinking person to believe in narratives. And yet we want some place to invest our belief. – Michael Helm

We have self-centered minds which get us into plenty of trouble. If we do not come to understand the error in the way we think, our self-awareness, which is our greatest blessing, is also our downfall. – Joko Beck

We live in the Facebook era. I think everyone, not just celebrities, have an unprecedented level of self-awareness, of presenting yourself to the world. The truth is, it starts with how you look, and that goes into how you dress. – Allison Williams

We must accept responsibility for a problem before we can solve it. We cannot solve a problem by saying ‘It’s not my problem.’ We cannot solve a problem by hoping that someone else will solve it for us. I can solve a problem only when I say ‘ This is my problem and it’s up to me to solve it.’ – M. Scott Peck

We must each lead a way of life with self-awareness and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, whatever happens we will have no regrets. – Dalai Lama

We perceive the solidification as the world around us, which appears to be relatively solid. But that solidification is just really a reflection of the solidification of one’s sense of self. – Frederick Lenz

We sat still and we held our breath. For our face and our body were beautiful. Our face was not like the faces of our brothers, for we felt no pity when looking upon it. Our body was not like the bodies of our brothers, for our limbs were straight and thin and hard and strong. And we thought that we could trust this being who looked upon us from the stream, and that we had nothing to fear with this being. – Ayn Rand

We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen. – Thomas Merton

We wait all these years to find someone who understands us, I thought, someone who accepts us as we are, someone with a wizard’s power to melt stone to sunlight, who can bring us happiness in spite of trials, who can face our dragons in the night, who can transform us into the soul we choose to be. Just yesterday I found that magical Someone is the face we see in the mirror: It’s us and our homemade masks. – Richard Bach

We’re involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don’t get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying: Is that all? Is that all I want? Is something missing? – Mitch Albom

What about self-awareness, the mysterious ability of the brain to reflect upon itself? Self-awareness can be tampered with by brainwashing, psychoactive drugs, electrical stimulation, political or religious propaganda, even advertising. A lifetime in front of a TV set may be the equivalent of a self transplant. – Chet Raymo

What bothers me is the lack of self-awareness. I don’t know if I have ever met a group less self-aware than political reporters. – Tucker Carlson

What difference does it make, after all, what your position in life is if you dislike it yourself? – Seneca the Younger

What I’m very concerned about is how do we bolster our self-awareness as humans, as biological organisms? – Mae Jemison

What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. – Abraham Maslow

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What right do we have to claim, as some might, that human beings are the only inhabitants of our planet blessed with an actual ability to be “aware”? The impression of a “conscious presence” is indeed very strong with me when I look at a dog or a cat or, especially, when an ape or monkey at the zoo looks at me. I do not ask that they are “self-aware” in any strong sense (though I would guess that an element of self-awareness can be present). All I ask is that they sometimes simply feel! – Roger Penrose

What we call rational grounds for our beliefs are often extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts. – Thomas Henry Huxley

What we really need is somebody who loves us so much we don’t worry about death, or about [anything for that matter]… We need this; we need this so we can love other people purely and not for selfish gain, we need this so we can see everybody as equals, we need this so our relationships can be sincere, we need this so we can stop kicking ourselves around, we need this so we can lose all self-awareness and find ourselves for the first time, not by realizing some dream, but by being told who we are by the only Being who has the authority to know, by that I mean the Creator. – Donald Miller

What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution. – Unknown

Whatever I have not yet learned to tolerate in myself inevitably will appear in my children. In this way, they, like Julia, guide me to a new level of self-awareness and everyone benefits. – Kenny Loggins

When a human being becomes so still that they begin to lose awareness of their gender, and they are simply looking into that abyss where there is no notion of self whatsoever, the world disappears. And that’s really the only place to go. It’s the only place to remain. – Andrew Cohen

When a person is able to shine the light of their awareness into every moment of their life, no matter what is happening, true mastery of the self is reached. – Elizabeth Diamond

When anyone lacks self-awareness and doesn’t recognize their transparencies, it’s always funny. – Merrill Markoe

When I first started making music, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I just wanted to write songs. I didn’t have a concept. I didn’t think it through. I was just flailing around doing what comes naturally. It took me a really long time to step back and deal with what I was doing with any kind of perspective or self-awareness. – Juliana Hatfield

When I say, ‘Love yourself,’ this is for those who have never gone inside, because they can always…. They are bound to understand only a language of duality. Love yourself– that means you are dividing yourself in two, the lover and the loved. You may not have thought about it, but if you go inside you will not love yourself, you will be love. – Osho

When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me. – John Wesley

When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an individual. – Frank Herbert

When stress is the basic state of mind, even good things stress us out. We have to learn to let go. – Sakyong Mipham

When we become aware that we do not have to escape our pains, but that we can mobilize them into a common search for life, those very pains are transformed from expressions of despair into signs of hope. – Henri J. M. Nouwen

When we hold to the core, the opposite sides are the same if they are seen from the center of the moving circle. I do not experience; I am experience. I am not the subject of experience; I am that experience. I am awareness. Nothing else can be I or can exist. – Bruce Lee

When you embrace your difference, your DNA, your look or heritage or religion or your unusual name, that’s when you start to shine. – Bethenny Frankel

When you get into recovery, you have to relearn a lot of perceptions, attitudes, and self-awareness if you want to stay clean. You really do change. – Shawn Colvin

When you have abandoned all past and future, it is as if you have come alive. You are here, mindful…the nature of all types of consciousness reveals itself. – Ajahn Brahm

When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self. – Confucius

When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults. – Confucius

When you stop resisting your hurt you discover that feeling hurt gives you the chance to experience your vulnerability and this can be the doorway to self-awareness. – Uma Silbey

When your dad is your father, best friend and mentor, all in one, it’s hard to explain what he brings. He brings confidence and self-awareness through my game, on and off the court. I’m blessed to have him. – Jae Crowder

When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t. – Jodi Picoult

Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize? – Marcus Aurelius

Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself: what fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize? – Marcus Aurelius

Whenever you see people talking about how real they are or how normal they are, it seems odd to have that Self-awareness that you could potentially not be normal. – Steve Carell

Whereas the average individuals “often have not the slightest idea of what they are, of what they want, of what their own opinions are,” self-actualizing individuals have “superior awareness of their own impulses, desires, opinions, and subjective reactions in general.” – Abraham Maslow

Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year? – Horace

Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance. – Anthony de Mello

With ferocity and extraordinary craft, Lizzie Harris has made a book of poems that resonates far beyond the personal stories it tells. Stop Wanting reveals, in every lyric, its author’s profound metaphorical gifts. In its ironies and intensities, it brings to mind a writer like the young Sylvia Plath, though what is startling about Harris’ s work is the way it combines those gifts with a muted, deft self-awareness. Most of all, these are wonderfully shaped, powerful, and surprising poems-a startling debut. – Meghan O’Rourke

With self-awareness you grow more intelligent. In awareness you learn, in self-awareness you learn about yourself. Of course, you can only learn what you are not. To know what you are, you must go beyond the mind. Awareness is the point at which the mind reaches out beyond itself into reality. In awareness you seek not what pleases, but what is true. – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave. – G. I. Gurdjieff

Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t very much. – Eckhart Tolle.

Working together on solving something requires a high level of humility and a high level of self-awareness. – Paul Polman

You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things, that is of the not-Self. If one gives up being aware of them then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the Self. – Ramana Maharshi

You are present in your life on earth at this moment for the purposes of living, loving, learning, and growing. Be assured that life can reliably provide a wide variety of adventures, experiences, and situations that may require you to draw from the depths of your being. Your level of self-awareness and manner of expression can determine the quality of living you experience. Why? Because you get back what you give out. – John Templeton

You are your master. Only you have the master keys to open the inner locks. – Amit Ray

You can never get enough of what you don’t need to make you happy. – Eric Hoffer

You can’t be a great comedian without having self-awareness about others or your own faults. You need a strong sense of self and view on the world. That’s what great actors have, too. – Billy Eichner

You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. – Ernest Hemingway

You cannot carve your way to heaven’s throne if you sit locked in vanity alone. You need a skillful guide; you cannot start this ocean voyage with blindness in your heart. – Faid Un Din Attar

You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present. – Eckhart Tolle

You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. – Ernest Hemingway

You might as well accept responsibility for your own past, your own life, and your own future so that you can begin to be self-aware, and that’s when the other levels of personal growth will open to you. – Lynch Hunt

You must practice seeing yourself with a little distance, cultivating the ability to get out of your own head. Detachment is a sort of natural ego antidote. It’s easy to be emotionally invested and infatuated with your own work. Any and every narcissist can do that. What is rare is not raw talent, skill, or even confidence, but humility, diligence, and self-awareness. – Ryan Holiday

You need to remember that. If you’re to have decent lives, you have to know who you are and what lies ahead of you, every one of you. – Kazuo Ishiguro

You should wear what you want to wear and not worry about trying to paint yourself in a certain image because that self-awareness is what’s going to help you become a more independent and more interesting and healthier adult. – Alexandra Robbins

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it. – Robin Williams

You’ve always been what you are. That’s not new. What you’ll get used to is knowing it. – Cassandra Clare

You, darkness, of whom I am born- I love you more than the flame that limits the world to the circle it illumines and excludes the rest. – Rainer Maria Rilke

Your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel. – August Wilson

Your informed, “no,” to a particular service allows another to offer their gifted and unreserved, “yes.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Your intellect may be confused but your emotions will never lie to you. – Roger Ebert

Your mind is like a gold mine, if you dig deep you will find something golden. – Gift Gugu Mona

Your own self realization is the greatest service you can render the world. – Ramana Maharshi

Your perception of me is a reflection of you; my reaction to you is an awareness of me. – Unknown

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. – Rumi

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

Zen is the penetration into the origins of the self’s self-awareness, whereas philosophy, as an ordering and unifying apprehension of the world, is the self-awareness of the world in which the self is located. – Bret W. Davis



Self-awareness Quotes  From Wikiquote

  • Without knowledge of self there is no knowledge of God
    Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected together by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other.

    • John Calvin, Book I Ch. 1 “The Knowledge of God and of Ourselves Mutually Connected – Nature of this Connection” as translated by Henry Beveridge.
  • How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is, “Who in the world am I?” Ah, that’s the great puzzle!
    • Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland (1865), chapter 2; reprinted in Philip C. Blackburn and Lionel White, ed.., Logical Nonsense: The Works of Lewis Carroll (1934), p. 177.
  • To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are. … The very people who are most self-dissatisfied and crave most for a new identity have the least self-awareness. They have turned away from an unwanted self and hence never had a good look at it.
    • Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind (New York: 1954), #151
  • Ruthless toward itself, the Enlightenment has eradicated the last remnant of its own self-awareness.
    • Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment, E. Jephcott, trans., p. 2
  • I have sometimes asked myself whether my country is the better for my having lived at all? I do not know that it is. I have been the instrument of doing the following things; but they would have been done by others; some of them, perhaps, a little better.
    • Thomas Jefferson, “Services of Jefferson” (1800?), reported in Paul L. Ford, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (1896), vol. 7, p. 475.
  • One self-approving hour whole years out-weighs
    Of stupid starers and of loud huzzas.

    • Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle IV, line 249.
  • The psyche is awareized energy, in a state of constant creativity; a psychic pattern of multidimensionally expressed; each point within it changing in relationship to all other points, and thus altering the entire pattern or model. Each self is immersed in the psyche, yet immersed in its own individuality simultaneously, experiencing reality in time and out of it at once.
    • Jane Roberts, Psychic Politics: An Aspect Psychology Book, p. 166.
  • Speak no more:
    Thou turn’st mine eyes into my very soul;
    And there I see such black and grained spots
    As will not leave their tinct.

    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act III, scene 4, line 88.
  • Go to your bosom;
    Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.

    • William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure (1603), Act II, scene 2, line 136.
  • When you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness has come in.
    • Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now (1997)
  • Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it. Another factor has come in, something that is not of the mind: the witnessing presence.
    • Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now (1997)
  • Be present as the watcher of your mind.
    • Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now (1997)
  • “I am bored.” Who knows this?
“I am angry, sad, afraid.” Who knows this?
You are the knowing, not the condition that is known.

  • Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks (2003)
  • When the ego is at war, know that it is no more than an illusion that is fighting to survive. That illusion thinks it is you. It is not easy at first to be there as the witnessing Presence, especially when the ego is in survival mode or some emotional pattern from the past has become activated, but once you have had a taste of it, you will grow in Presence power, and the ego will lose its grip on you. And so a power comes into your life that is far greater than the ego, greater than the mind. All that is required to become free of the ego is to be aware of it, since awareness and ego are incompatible. Awareness is the power that is concealed within the present moment. This is why we may also call it Presence. The ultimate purpose of human existence, which is to say, your purpose is to bring that power into this world. And this is also why becoming free of the ego cannot be made into a goal to be attained at some point in the future. Only Presence can free you of the ego, and you can only be present Now, not yesterday or tomorrow. only Presence can undo the past in you and thus transform your state of consciousness. p. 50
    • Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, (2005)
  • There are many subtle but easily overlooked forms of ego that you may observe in other people and, more important, in yourself. Remember: The moment you become aware of the go in yourself, that emerging awareness is who you are beyond ego, the deeper “I.” The recognition of the false is already the arising of the real. For example, you are about to tell someone the news of what happened. “Guess what? You don’t know yet? Let me tell you.” If you are alert enough, present enough, you may be able to detect a momentary sense of satisfaction within yourself just before imparting the news, even if it is bad news. It is due to the fact that for a brief moment there is, in the eyes of the ego, an imbalance in your favor between you and the other person. For that brief moment, you know more than the other. The satisfaction that you feel is of the ego, and it is derived from feeling a stronger sense of self relative to the other person. p. 52
    • Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, (2005)
  • There is a luxury in self-dispraise;
    And inward self-disparagement affords
    To meditative spleen a grateful feast.

    • William Wordsworth, The Excursion (1814), Book IV.
  • ‘Tis greatly wise to talk with our past hours;
    And ask them what report they bore to heaven:
    And how they might have borne more welcome news.

    • Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night II, line 376.

Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

  • As I walk’d by myself, I talk’d to myself
    And myself replied to me;
    And the questions myself then put to myself,
    With their answers I give to thee.

    • Barnard Barton, Colloquy with Myself. Appeared in Youth’s Instructor (Dec., 1826).
  • Summe up at night what thou hast done by day;
    And in the morning what thou hast to do.
    Dresse and undresse thy soul; mark the decay
    And growth of it; if, with thy watch, that too
    Be down then winde up both; since we shall be
    Most surely judg’d, make thy accounts agree.

    • George Herbert, The TempleThe Church Porch, next to last stanza.
  • Let not soft slumber close your eyes,
    Before you’ve collected thrice
    The train of action through the day!
    Where have my feet chose out their way?
    What have I learnt, where’er I’ve been,
    From all I’ve heard, from all I’ve seen?
    What have I more that’s worth the knowing?
    What have I done that’s worth the doing?
    What have I sought that I should shun?
    What duty have I left undone,
    Or into what new follies run?
    These self-inquiries are the road
    That lead to virtue and to God.

    • Isaac Watts, Self Examination.