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Thoughts on Himself

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He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

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Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde PHOTO

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

A man who was completely innocent,
offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others,
including his enemies,
and became the ransom of the world.
It was a perfect act.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

 

My religion consists of a humble admiration
of the illimitable superior spirit
who reveals himself in the slight details we are able
to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
- Albert Einstein

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu

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A hero is someone who has given his life to
something bigger than himself
or something other than himself.
- Joseph Campbell

Man does not weave this web of life.
He is merely a strand of it.
Whatever he does to the web,
he does to himself.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Whosoever is spared personal pain
must feel himself called
to help in diminishing the pain of others.
We must all carry our share of
the misery which lies upon the world.
- Albert Schweitzer

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
- Oscar Wilde

A man is as unhappy as he has convinced himself he is.
- Seneca

It is what a man thinks of himself
that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau

He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

Whoever undertakes to set himself up
as a judge of Truth and Knowledge
is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
- Albert Einstein

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

You cannot teach a man anything;
you can only help him find it within himself.
- Galileo Galilei

He who knows others is clever;
He who knows himself has discernment.
- Lao Tzu

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends.
But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy
is the quintessence of true religion.
The other is mere business.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

He who conquers others is strong;
He who conquers himself is mighty.
- Lao Tzu

No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

I cannot trust a man to control others
who cannot control himself.
- Robert E. Lee

He who controls others may be powerful,
but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
- Lao Tzu

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

Only one who devotes himself to a cause
with his whole strength and soul
can be a true master.
For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
- Albert Einstein

How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.
- Publilius Syrus

To be admitted to Nature's hearth costs nothing.
None is excluded, but excludes himself.
You have only to push aside the curtain.
- Henry David Thoreau

A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself,
to keep his friends in countenance.
- Benjamin Franklin

The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?
- Henry David Thoreau

There comes a time in every man's education
when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance,
that imitation is suicide,
that he must take himself for better or for worse as his portion.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man who doesn't trust himself
can never really trust anyone else.
- Cardinal De Retz

Everyone thinks of changing the world,
but no one thinks of changing himself.
- Leo Tolstoy

He who lives in harmony with himself
lives in harmony with the universe.
- Marcus Aurelius

A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him,
that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men,
and when he devotes himself helpfully
to all life that is in need of help.
- Albert Schweitzer

Every man has his own courage,
and is betrayed because he seeks in himself
the courage of other persons.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man does not make new acquaintances
as he advances through life,
he will soon find himself alone.
A man, sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.
- Samuel Johnson

Until he extends the circle of
his compassion to all living things,
man will not himself find peace.
- Albert Schweitzer

No one is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

The sage does not hoard.
The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself,
Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more;
having given all he has to others, he is richer still.
- Lao Tzu

Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another,
but let him work diligently and build one for himself,
thus by example assuring that his own
shall be safe from violence when built.
- Abraham Lincoln

No man is the whole of himself;
his friends are the rest of him.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

Adversity introduces a man to himself.
- Anonymous

It is impossible for a man to conceal himself.
In every act, word or gesture,
he stands revealed as he is,
and not as he would have himself appear to be.
From the Universe, nothing is or can be hidden.
- Ernest Holmes

Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour
when every one has to throw off his mask?
Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked?
Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight
in order to avoid this? Or are you not terrified by it?
I have seen men in real life who so long deceived others
that at last their true nature could not reveal itself;...
In every man there is something which to a certain degree
prevents him from becoming perfectly transparent to himself;
and this may be the case in so high a degree,
he may be so inexplicably woven into relationships of life
which extend far beyond himself that he almost cannot reveal himself.
But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love,
and he who cannot love is the most unhappy man of all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Above all, don't lie to yourself.
The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie
comes to a point that he cannot
distinguish the truth within him, or around him,
and so loses all respect for himself and for others.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

No partner in a love relationship...
should feel that he has to give up
an essential part of himself to make it viable.
- May Sarton

Overflowing Cup of Tea:
The Zen Master poured his visitor's teacup full, and then kept pouring.
The visitor watched until he could no longer restrain himself.
"It is overfull. No more will go in!"
"Like this cup," the Zen Master said,
"you are full of your own opinions and assumptions.
How can you learn truth until you first empty your cup?"
- Traditional Zen Koan

A loving relationship is one in which
the loved one is free to be himself -
to laugh with me, but never at me;
to cry with me, but never because of me;
to love life, to love himself,
to love being loved.
Such a relationship is based upon freedom
and can never grow in a jealous heart.
- Leo F. Buscaglia

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

I think the person who takes a job in order to live -
that is to say, for the money -
has turned himself into a slave.
- Joseph Campbell

Every man supposes himself
not to be fully understood or appreciated.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.
- Winston Churchill

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted
with the government of himself.
Can he, then be trusted with the government of others?
Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him?
Let history answer this question.
- Thomas Jefferson

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

Our prayers should be for blessings in general,
for God knows best what is good for us.
- Socrates

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all
is the person who argues with him.
- Stanislaw Jerszy Lec

Without stirring abroad,
One can know the whole world;
Without looking out of the window,
One can see the way of heaven.
The further one goes, The less one knows.
- Lao Tzu

Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend.
- Jewel

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
- The Buddha

No one knows what he can do until he tries.
- Publilius Syrus

Without deep reflection,
one knows from daily life
that one exists for other people.
- Albert Einstein

You are perfect. You are complete.
Your inner voice always knows what to do,
but it is a quiet voice.
You can only hear the whisperings of your inner voice -
your inner compass - when you turn down the volume
of your fears, your regrets, your resentments,
and the fear-based advice
your neighbors are so willing to give you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who knows, does not speak.
He who speaks, does not know.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

Courage is the art of being the only one
who knows you're scared to death.
- Earl Wilson

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

He who knows best knows how little he knows.
- Thomas Jefferson

A miracle is nothing more or less than this...
Anyone who has come into a knowledge
of his true identity,
of his oneness with
the all-pervading wisdom and power,
this makes it possible for laws higher
than the ordinary mind knows of
to be revealed to him.
- Ralph Waldo Trine


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