The process of discovering who you are and what you want out of your life is known as “self-discovery.”
Here are some of the most inspiring quotes and sayings to help you learn more about yourself.
Top 10 Self Discovery Quotes
The road to self-belief is potholed. ~ Nyasha Madavo.
God hides things by putting them all around us. ~ Unknown.
Find out who you are and do it on purpose. ~ Dolly Parton.
When your heart speaks, take good notes. ~ Judith Campbell.
Never be afraid to sit awhile and think. ~ Lorraine Hansberry.
The longest journey is the journey inward. ~ Dag Hannarskjold.
A wise man travels to discover himself. ~ James Russell Lowell.
In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own. ~ Alice Walker.
Endurance is frequently a form of indecision. ~ Elizabeth Bibesco.
The story ends up being a journey of self-discovery. ~ Elijah Wood.
Self Discovery Quotes
The delights of self-discovery are always available. ~ Gail Sheehy.
Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time. ~ Timothy Leary.
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.
Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. ~ Wallace Stevens.
Truth hurts – not the searching after; the running from! ~ John Eyberg.
He who knows others is learned; He who knows himself is wise. ~ Lao-Tzu.
Short Self Discovery Quotes
Quality begins on the inside… and then works its way out. ~ Bob Moawad.
Know thyself, or at least keep renewing the acquaintance. ~ Robert Brault.
If you don’t get lost, there’s a chance you may never be found. ~ Unknown.
No one remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself. ~ Thomas Mann.
Step into the fire of self-discovery. This fire will not burn you. ~ Mooji.
I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself. ~ James Baldwin.
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Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. ~ Alan Watts.
Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes. ~ Hugh Prather.
We run away all the time to avoid coming face to face with ourselves. ~ Unknown.
You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart. ~ George Michael.
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. ~ Henry David Thoreau.
Self Discovery Quotes to Help You Escape the Matrix
Those who are brutally honest are seldom so with themselves. ~ Mignon McLaughlin.
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. ~ Confucius.
For souls in growth, great quarrels are great emancipators. ~ Logan Pearsall Smith.
It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. ~ Lucille Ball.
A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything. ~ Samuel Johnson.
To be too conscious is an illness – a real thoroughgoing illness. ~ Fyodor Dostoevski.
A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Inspiring Self-Discovery Quotes
I wasn’t searching for something or someone….I was searching for me. ~ Carrie Bradshaw.
The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose. ~ Richard Grant.
A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it. ~ Jean de La Fontaine.
I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of. ~ Michel de Montaigne.
Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery. ~ Matthew Arnold.
Quotes about Self-Discovery
Never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be. ~ Robert Brault.
If you aren’t sure who you are, you might as well work on who you want to be. ~ Robert Brault.
Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. ~ Buddha.
There are chapters in every life which are seldom read and certainly not aloud. ~ Carol Shields.
Self-Discovery Quotes To Help You Find Your True Self
There is a limit to how much you can change to be liked for who you really are. ~ Robert Brault.
Man can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as… from a lack of bread. ~ Richard Wright.
No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious. ~ George Bernard Shaw.
A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. ~ George Moore.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. ~ James A. Froude.
If you can go through life without experiencing pain you probably haven’t been born yet. ~ Neil Simon.
By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear. ~ George Herbert.
The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one’s opinion but rather to know it. ~ André Maurois.
Best Quotes about Self-Discovery
It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too. ~ H.W. Shaw.
One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star. ~ G.K. Chesterton.
Readjusting is a painful process, but most of us need it at one time or another. ~ Arthur Christopher Benson.
Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor. ~ Dr. Alexis Carrel.
Real birthdays are not annual affairs. Real birthdays are the days when we have a new birth. ~ Ralph Parlette.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be. ~ Douglas Adams.
For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed. ~ Clifton Fadiman.
There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it. ~ Elizabeth A. Behnke.
Inspirational Quotes About Finding Yourself
There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives. ~ Josephine Hart.
The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want. ~ Ben Stein.
If you haven’t had at least a slight poetic crack in the heart, you have been cheated by nature. ~ Phyllis Battelle.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. ~ Oscar Wilde.
The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. ~ Muhammad Ali.
To the question of your life you are the answer, and to the problems of your life you are the solution. ~ Joe Cordare.
It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe. ~ Thomas Carlyle.
There are people who live their whole lives on the default settings, never realizing you can customize. ~ Robert Brault.
The truth is that it is natural, as well as necessary, for every man to be a vagabond occasionally. ~ Samuel H. Hammond.
The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live. ~ Nicolas Chamfort.
There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anaïs Nin.
There’s a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside. ~ Pearl Bailey.
All your life you pretend to be someone else, and it turns out that you were someone else pretending to be you. ~ Robert Brault.
No single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life. ~ James A. Michener.
Your distress about life might mean you have been living for the wrong reason, not that you have no reason for living. ~ Tom O’Connor.
One’s own self is well hidden from one’s own self; of all mines of treasure, one’s own is the last to be dug up. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche.
Becoming conscious is of course a sacrilege against nature; it is as though you had robbed the unconscious of something. ~ Carl G. Jung.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. ~ Nelson Mandela.
If in the last few years you haven’t discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead. ~ Gelett Burgess.
The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart. ~ Julien Green.
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.
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.
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.
So this ends our list of 84 Quotes about Self Knowledge.