Self-awareness is an important way for achieving personal development and growth.

It enables us to gain a better and deeper understanding of ourselves.

Mindfulness practices such as meditation, deep thinking or journaling can help to cultivate self-awareness.

Here’s a great collection of the quotes on self-awareness to help you build know yourself and improve your life.


Self-Awareness Quotes

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The unexamined life is not worth living. ~ Socrates.

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

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

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Of all deceivers fear most yourself! ~ Søren Kierkegaard.

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

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

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

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Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. ~ Aristotle.

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

Best Self-Awareness Quotes

The challenge is not to be perfect, it’s to be whole. ~ Jane Fonda.

What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me. ~ Helen Keller.

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

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

Without self awareness we are as babies in the cradles. ~ Virginia Woolf.

The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself. ~ Mark Twain.

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

Honest self-understanding liberates us from our stuck emotions. ~ C. Terry Warner.

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

Best Self-Awareness Quotes About Being Mindful

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

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

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

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

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

No amount of self-improvement can make up for any lack of self-acceptance. ~ Robert Holden.

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

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

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

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

Great Quotes About Self-Awareness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. ~ Carl Jung.

Self-Awareness Quotes to Know Yourself Better

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Quotes about Self-Awareness

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.

I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be. ~ Heath L. Buckmaster.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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