Monday, May 02, 2005

Self-Discovery Quotes

To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.  ~Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon, 1825 No one remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself.  ~Thomas Mann Every one of us has in him a continent of undiscovered character.  Blessed is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul.  ~Author Unknown If you haven't had at least a slight poetic crack in the heart, you have been cheated by nature.  ~Phyllis Battelle There's a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside.  ~Pearl Bailey I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life.  The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.  ~Mark Twain He who knows others is learned; He who knows himself is wise. ~Lao-tzu, Tao te Ching You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.  ~James A. Froude Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.  ~Alan Watts Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it's dark.  ~Zen Proverb We are the products of editing, rather than authorship.  ~George Wald, "The Origin of Optical Activity," Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1975 To be too conscious is an illness - a real thoroughgoing illness.  ~Fyodor Dostoevski Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through.  Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it.  This is a kind of death.  ~Anaïs Nin There are... things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.  ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Notes from the Underground," 1864 It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.  ~Lucille Ball Oh! that you could turn your eyes towards the napes of your necks, and make but an interior survey of your good selves.  ~William Shakespeare, "Coriolanus" It's terrifying to see someone inside of whom a vital spring seems to have been broken.  It's particularly terrifying to see him in your mirror.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966 Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.  ~St. Augustine When you re-read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before.  You see more in you than there was before.  ~Clifton Fadiman There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.  ~Nelson Mandela For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.  ~Clifton Fadiman Bypasses are devices that allow some people to dash from point A to point B very fast while other people dash from point B to point A very fast.  People living at point C, being a point directly in between, are often given to wonder what's so great about point A that so many people from point B are so keen to get there and what's so great about point B that so many people from point A are so keen to get there.  They often wish that people would just once and for all work out where the hell they wanted to be.  ~Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Confusion now hath made his masterpiece.  ~William Shakespeare I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.  ~Douglas Adams We run away all the time to avoid coming face to face with ourselves.  ~Author Unknown The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion but rather to know it.  ~André Maurois It is a puzzling thing.  The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away.  Puzzling.  ~Robert M. Pirsig A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.  ~Jean de La Fontaine The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this:  decide what you want.  ~Ben Stein Driving down the wrong road and knowing it, The fork years behind, how many have thought To pull up on the shoulder and leave the car Empty, strike out across the fields; and how many Are still mazed among dock and thistle, Seeking the road they should have taken? ~Damon Knight, The Man in the Tree, 1984 Those who are brutally honest are seldom so with themselves.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966 Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give

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