Daily Inspiring Quotes

Peace, Love, Compassion, Tolerance

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Self Knowledge

We are almost always guilty of the hate we encounter.
(Luc de Clapiers, French essayist, 1715-1747)
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his ennemies.
(Aristoteles, Greek philosopher, 384 BC - 322 BC)
Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment;
the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.
(Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine poet and essayist, 1899-1968)
We are what we think.  All that we are arises with our thoughts and with our thoughts we make the world.
If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself.
What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
(Herman Hesse, German novelist, 1877-1962)
A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet and playwright, 1749-1832)
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and philosopher, 1803-1882)
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
(Confucius, Chinese philosopher, 551-479 B.C.)
As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and philosopher, 1803-1882)
A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us.
(Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer and aviator, 1900-1944)
The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
(Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher, 1795-1881)
Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.
Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.
It's not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.
(Confucius, Chinese philosopher, 551-479 B.C.)
People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things.  
When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.
(Norman Vincent Peale, American pastor and author, 1898-1993)
In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves.
(Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of the USA, 1884-1972)
The bamboo which bends is stronger than the oak which resists.
(Japanese proverb)
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
(Socrates, Greek philosopher, 469-399 B.C.)
How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.
(Friedrich Alexander von Humboldt, Prussian philosopher, 1769-1859)
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
(Michelangelo, Italian poet, painter, sculptor and architect, 1475-1564)
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong,
which is but saying that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
(Alexander Pope, English poet, 1688-1744)
Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be,
but to find out who we really are and become it.
(Steven Pressfield, author, born 1943)
Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior.
(Decimus Junius Juvenalis, Roman poet, 55-130)
Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind.
(Earl Nightingale, American author, 1922-1989)
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
(Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, 1875-1961)
We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
(Anaïs Nin, writer, 1903-1977)
One of the greatest moments in anybody's life is when he no longer tries to hide from himself
but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is.
(Norman Vincent Peale, American pastor, 1898-1993)
Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything.
You are you and that is the beginning and the end - no apologies and no regrets.
(Clark Moustakas, American psychologist)
Our principles are the springs of our actions.  Our actions are the springs of our happiness or misery.
Too much care, therefore, cannot be taken in forming our principles.
(Red Skelton, American comedian, 1913-1997)