70 Self-Knowledge Quotes To Discover Yourself

Self-knowledge refers to a thorough grasp of one’s own personality, emotions, desires and motives.

It is about gaining a full understanding of your personality, strengths, flaws and distinguishing characteristics.

Self-awareness is enhanced by self-knowledge, which also supports personal progress and true life.

Insightful quotes from famous people might help you better understand the meaning of self-knowledge and encourage you to pursue it.

Self-Knowledge Quotes To Discover Yourself

These quotes capture the knowledge and experiences of persons who have explored the depths of their souls, providing significant lessons and views.

They are illuminating guides on the path of self-discovery, supporting us in discovering our genuine selves and promoting a more enriched life experience.

Top 10 Self Knowledge Quotes


Know thyself. ~ Greek Proverb.


Know one, know all. ~ Upanishads.


Be what you know you are. ~ Pindar.


Only the shallow know themselves. ~ Oscar Wilde.


I know everything except myself. ~ Francois Villon.


The only journey is the one within. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke.


In his private heart no man respects himself. ~ Mark Twain.


I observe myself and thus understand the others. ~ Lao Tzu.


Self-Knowledge is the Jewel of all Knowledge. ~ Serena Jade.


Wisest is she who knows she does not know. ~ Jostein Gaarder.

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Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. ~ Albert Einstein.


I know who I am without anyone there to tell me. ~ Leigh Bardugo.


Self-knowledge is the foundation of real success. ~ Rachel Simmons.


Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you. ~ Rumi.


The delights of self-discovery are always available. ~ Gail Sheehy.


Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away. ~ Wolfgang Goethe.


All types of knowledge, ultimately mean self-knowledge. ~ Bruce Lee.

Self-Knowledge Quotes


Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement. ~ Spanish Proverb.


Without knowledge of self, there is no knowledge of God. ~ John Calvin.


By God, when you see your beauty you will be the idol of yourself. ~ Rumi.


A true knowledge of ourselves is knowledge of our power. ~ Mark Rutherford.


You never know yourself till you know more than your body. ~ Thomas Traherne.


To enter into your own mind you need to be armed to the teeth. ~ Paul Valery.


He who knows others is wise, but he who knows himself is enlightened. ~ Lao-Tzu.


Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self. ~ Jean-Luc Godard.


Man will only become better when you make him see what he is like. ~ Anton Chekhov.

Short Self Knowledge Quotes


Nothing human is finally calculable; even to ourselves we are strange. ~ Gore Vidal.


There are 10 men in me and I do not know or understand one of them. ~ Carl Sandburg.


Lack of sensitivity is perhaps basically an unawareness of ourselves. ~ Eric Hoffer.


Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you? ~ Rumi.


If knowledge is power, then self-knowledge is empowerment. ~ Pedro Gaspar Fernandes.


All the information I have about myself is from forged documents. ~ Vladimir Nabokov.


The artist who becomes thoroughly aware consequently ceases to be one. ~ Henry Miller.


Know thyself. Nothing in excess. The Self is required to balance the Self. ~ Blum Ralph.


There is someone who is living my life. And I know nothing about him. ~ Luigi Pirandello.

Meaningful Self Knowledge Quotes


Self-knowledge is not knowledge but a story one tells about oneself. ~ Simone De Beauvoir.


The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing. ~ Voltaire.


It is difficult to know yourself; it is easy to give advice to others. ~ Thales of Miletus.


He who overcomes others is strong, but he who overcomes himself is mightier still. ~ Lao-Tzu.


The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. ~ Mahatma Gandhi.


Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. ~ Malcolm Forbes Jr.


To become what one is, one must not have the faintest idea what one is. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche.

Quotes about Self Knowledge


To know yourself, see how others do, to know others’ look into your own heart. ~ Sydney Smiles.


Before a man can wake up and find himself famous he has to wake up and find himself. ~ Unknown.


Go into yourself and see how deep the place is from which your life flows. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke.


Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self. ~ Franz Kafka.


We can only ever know ourselves, and by doing so honestly, we come to know the world. ~ Jen Knox.


The greatest tragedy that can befall a man is never to know who he really is. ~ James Carlos Blake.


If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. ~ Virginia Woolf.


Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe. ~ Alexander Pope.


If self-knowledge is the road to virtue, so is virtue still more the road to self-knowledge. ~ Jean Paul.

Best Self Knowledge Quotes


Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people. ~ Karl Jung.


At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. ~ Lao-Tzu.


Having failed to conquer myself, my best hope now is to arrange an alliance with myself. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant.


To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. ~ Confucius.


To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect. ~ Lao Tzu.


Look within. Within is the fountain of the good, and it will ever bubble up, if you wilt ever dig. ~ Marcus Aurelius.


The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore. ~ C. JoyBell C.

Deep Self Knowledge Quotes


Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered that I was not God. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.


I believe in knowing who you are but without limiting yourself to your own expectation of who you are. ~ Charlotte Eriksson.


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.


When men ask me how I know so much about men, they get a simple answer: everything I know about men, I learned from me. ~ Anton Chekhov.


We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can – namely, surrender our will and fulfill God’s will in us. ~ St. Teresa of Avila.


If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures of illusion. ~ Aldοus Huxley.


Self-improvement without self-love is like building a house upon the sand. You can build and build, but it will always sink. ~ Vironika Tugaleva.

Powerful Self Knowledge Quotes


Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it. ~ Simone De Beauvoir.


This is what the things can teach us: to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness. Even a bird has to do that before he can fly. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke.


Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined. ~ Rumi.


If you know who you are, this knowledge will attract people in all types of situations and circumstances to support your intentions and ideas. ~ Sunday Adelaja.


Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas.

So this ends our list of 70 Quotes about Self Knowledge.

If you like these quotes, then you can also read our other posts on Meaning of Life Quotes and Prosperity Quotes and Heartache Quotes.


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