In this article, you will find an incredible list of SELF EXAMINATION QUOTES. But first things, first. Have you ever wondered why we find it so hard to be alone?
30 Incredible Self Examination Quotes to help with the Embrace of your Life
1. “A man’s true greatness lies in the consciousness of an honest purpose in life, founded on a just estimate of himself and everything else, on frequent self-examinations, and a steady obedience to the rule which he knows to be right, without troubling himself about what others may think or say, or whether they do or do not that which he thinks and says and does.” — MARCUS AURELIUS
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” — ARISTOTLE
3. “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” — SØREN KIERKEGAARD
“He who knows himself knows others.” — CHARLES CALEB COLTON
5. “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many. Not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” — CHARLES DICKENS
6. “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
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” — OSCAR WILDE
8. “Nothing will make us so charitable and tender to the faults of others, as, by self-examination, thoroughly to know our own.” — FRANCOIS FENELON
9. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” — MAE WEST
10. “Know thyself; this is the great object.” — SENECA THE YOUNGER
11. “To know oneself is not necessarily to improve oneself.” — FRANCOIS DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
“A true knowledge of ourselves is knowledge of our power.” — MARK RUTHERFORD
13. “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” — CARL JUNG
14. “One of the greatest moments in anybody’s developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is.” — ROBERT F. KENNEDY
“There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Before you smirk, thinking, ‘not me! I am fine by myself.’ Let me ask you. How long could you go without your smartphone? If the internet were taken away from you, for a week, would you enjoy the company of being by yourself? Probably not. And you can’t blame boredom. It is deeper than that.
Many of us can’t stand the silence of loneliness. Regrets come rushing into our minds. All those things we should not have done start to cripple us. You may even start muttering a few words to yourself as the internal dialogue starts to spill out of your brain. How do we know? Because it still happens to us.
You feel like you need a drink.
More and more of us are finding it difficult to manage the problems in our lives. Much worse, we struggle to identify what the problem is. It is much easier to live in the company of people. But take some time for yourself.
Decide to figure out who you really are, the values you cherish, how you would like to grow as a person and what you would like to achieve.
And as for all those memories that haunt you, give yourself a break. Take the same advice you would give your best friend.
Take it one step at a time but know that you are a work in progress. You are your own masterpiece but your final work will require some alone time and serious self-examination.
You are your religion. Embrace who you are.
16. “My friend, if I could give you one thing, I would wish for you the ability to see yourself as others see you. Then you would realize what a truly special person you are.” — BILLINGSLEY
17. “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.” — GEORGE GURDJIEFF
18. “I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.” — JAMES BALDWIN
19. “To know oneself is not, indeed, to discover and describe an object that is itself, it is to arouse in oneself a hidden life. Consciousness reveals to me powers that it sets in motion. For me, it is at once an analysis and a bringing to light.” — LOUIS LAVELLE
20. “People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.” — ST. AUGUSTINE
21. “You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — ALAN ALDA
“Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery.” — MATTHEW ARNOLD
23. “Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.” — DR. ALEXIS CARREL
“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.” — CONFUCIUS
25. “One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.” — MOLIERE
26. “A price has to be paid for success. Almost invariably those who have reached the summits worked harder and longer, studied and planned more assiduously, practised more self-denial, overcame more difficulties than those of us who have not risen so far.” — B. C. FORBES
27. “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.” — LAO TZU
28. “What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.” — LOUIS L. MANN
29. “Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.” — TOM HOPKINS
“Know thyself.” — PLATO