An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





As person abandons worn-out clothes and acquires new ones, so when the body is worn out a new one is acquired by the Self, who lives within.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


As person abandons worn-out clothes and acquires new ones, so when the body is worn out a new one is acquired by the Self, who lives within.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


What we are in ourselves, and what we owe to others makes us a complete whole.


Dietrich Bonboeffer


Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can -- and surely will at times -- fail. Other vulnerabilities like being embarrassed or risking love, can be terrifying too. I think we should follow a simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk.


Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-, American psychologist, television and radio personality)


Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.


Lewis Carroll (1832-1898, British writer, mathematician)


There comes a time in the seeker's life when he discovers that he is at once the lover and the beloved. The aspiring soul which he embodies is the lover in him. And the transcendental Self which he reveals from within is his Beloved.


Sri Chinmoy


Look for a long time at what pleases you, and a longer time at what pains you.


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


There is no real lasting joy in self-seeking.


Victor Collins


Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life. Define yourself.


Harvey Fierstein


Look into the depths of your own soul and learn first to know yourself, then you will understand why this illness was bound to come upon you and perhaps you will thenceforth avoid falling ill.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.


Jerry Gillies


No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Ninety per cent of the world's woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves -- so how can we know anyone else?


Sidney J. Harris (1917-, American journalist)


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


S. I. Hayakawa (1902-1992, Canadian born American senator, educator)


The self is only that which it is in the process of becoming.




After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery.


Sophia Loren (1934-, Italian film actress)


No thinker's thoughts give me as much pleasure as my own. Of course, this does not prove anything in their favor; but on the other hand, I would be foolish to neglect fruits that are tasteful just because they grow on my own tree.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


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


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


The person who God shows a treasure to must dig it out himself.


Czechoslovakian Proverb (Sayings of Czech origin)


Everything changes when you change.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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I think somehow we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


Lose yourself wholly; and the more you lose, the more you will find.


St. Catherine of Siena


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 themselves by without wondering.


St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)


Some people say they haven't yet found themselves. But the self is not something one finds; it is something one creates.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


Sometimes the best way to figure out who you are is to get to that place where you don't have to be anything else.


Author Unknown


We discover in ourselves what others hide from us, and we recognize in others what we hide from ourselves.


Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues


When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.


William A. Ward


No one is more interesting to anybody than is that mysterious character we all call me, which is why self-liberation, self-actualization, self-transcendence, etc., are the most exciting games in town.


Robert Wilson (1941-, American theater director, designer)


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