45 Most Powerful Self Awareness Quotes


Eye of Self Awareness

In this world, where every second count and every minute is calculated, people often forget to understand the true meaning of their existence. Most of them do succeed in the marathon of survival, but they lose their personalities. So, did you ever ask yourself about the reason for being a different person in front of others?

Your boss, your children, your spouse, your friends, and everyone else demand a distinct version of you. And this is why self awareness quotes are meant to show you the true picture of yourself so that you can turn your sorrows into happiness. As the only way to live and die happily is to embrace oneself without regrets.


So! Let’s begin with the most prominent 45 quotes on self awareness:


Man seeks self awareness at foot of waterfall

  1. “What you seek is seeking you.” – Rumi

  2. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau

  3. “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

  4. “It is the individual who knows how little they know about themselves who stands the most reasonable chance of finding out something about themselves before they die.” – S. I. Hayakawa

  5. “If you don’t get lost, there’s a chance you may never be found.” – Anonymous

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

  7. “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

  8. “I think somehow we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

  9. “Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.” – William Butler Yeats

  10. “I think that we are like stars. Something happens to burst us open; but when we burst open and think we are dying; we’re actually turning into a supernova. And then when we look at ourselves again, we see that we’re suddenly more beautiful than we ever were before!” ― C. JoyBell C.

  11. “I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.” ― Hermann Hesse

  12. “We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy's fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure--your perfection--is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the buy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

  13. “It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,” ― Amit Ray

  14. “It takes courage...to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.” ― Marianne Williamson

  15. “Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?” ― Marcus Aurelius


  16. Self awareness quotes help you understand that your search for happiness in the outer world is just a mere fantasy. A life full of joy can only be acquired if you look for it within you. And no one is your companion in the journey of finding pleasure expect your heart.


    Woman seeks self awareness with Yoga practice

  17. “The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” ― Pema Chödrön

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

  19. “You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!”― John Lennon

  20. “Never try to do anything that is outside of who you are. A forced smile is a sign of what feels wrong in your heart, so recognize it when it happens. Living a lie will reduce you to one.”― Ashly Lorenzana

  21. “You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.”― Anthon St. Maarten

  22. “It is a slightly arresting notion that if you were to pick yourself apart with tweezers, one atom at a time, you would produce a mound of fine atomic dust, none of which had ever been alive but all of which had once been you.”― Bill Bryson

  23. “A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition.”― James Allen

  24. “Maybe your country is only a place you make up in your own mind. Something you dream about and sing about. Maybe it's not a place on the map at all, but just a story full of people you meet and places you visit, full of books and films you've been to. I'm not afraid of being homesick and having no language to live in. I don't have to be like anyone else. I'm walking on the wall and nobody can stop me.” ― Hugo Hamilton

  25. “Each man had only one genuine vocation - to find the way to himself....His task was to discover his own destiny - not an arbitrary one - and to live it out wholly and resolutely within himself. Everything else was only a would-be existence, an attempt at evasion, a flight back to the ideals of the masses, conformity and fear of one's own inwardness.”― Herman Hesse

  26. “I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.” ― Socrates

  27. “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. Gurdjief

  28. “I love, because my love is not dependent on the object of love. My love is dependent on my state of being. So whether the other person changes, becomes different, friend turns into a foe, does not matter, because my love was never dependent on the other person. My love is my state of being. I simply love.”― Osho

  29. “The older you get, the more you understand how your conscience works. The biggest and only critic lives in your perception of people's perception of you rather than people's perception of you.” ― Criss Jami

  30. “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

  31. “If you swim effortlessly in the deep oceans, ride the waves to and from the shore, if you can breathe under water and dine on the deep treasures of the seas; mark my words, those who dwell on the rocks carrying nets will try to reel you into their catch. The last thing they want is for you to thrive in your habitat because they stand in their atmosphere where they beg and gasp for some air.” ― C. JoyBell C.


  32. Expectations for being adored by someone can be dreadful, as people change with time. But it is your love for yourself that will keep you happy. So! Here are a few more self awareness quotes to make sure that you fill yourself with confidence, hope, and love.


    Man leaps between planets to self-awareness

  33. “The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.” ― Eckhart Tolle

  34. “Whenever I am in a difficult situation where there seems to be no way out, I think about all the times I have been in such situations and say to myself, "I did it before, so I can do it again.” ― Idowu Koyenikan

  35. “My friend...care for your psyche...know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves" ― Socrates

  36. “Success comes from the inside out. In order to change what is on the outside, you must first change what is on the inside.” ― Idowu Koyenikan

  37. “It is when you lose sight of yourself, that you lose your way. To keep your truth in sight you must keep yourself in sight and the world to you should be a mirror to reflect to you your image; the world should be a mirror that you reflect upon.”― C. JoyBell C.

  38. “At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures - be what he is. And, above all, accept these things.” ― Albert Camus

  39. “If theater is ritual, then dance is too... It's as if the threads connecting us to the rest of the world were washed clean of preconceptions and fears. When you dance, you can enjoy the luxury of being you.” ― Paulo Coelho

  40. “Try giving up all the thoughts that make you feel bad, or even just some of them, and see how doing that changes your life. You don't need negative thoughts. All they have ever given you was a false self that suffers. They are all lies.” ― Gina Lake

  41. “A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.” ― Meister Eckhart

  42. “Stand up for who you are. Respect your Self and ignite the divine sparks in you. Access your powers. Choose your rights and work together with others to bring blessings into the lives.”― Amit Ray

  43. “If it is bread that you seek, you will have bread.
    If it is the soul you seek, you will find the soul.
    If you understand this secret, you know you are that which you seek.” ― Rumi

  44. “Being spontaneous is being able to respond with confidence; calmly trusting that, whatever the outcome, you will have a positive if challenging experience that will lead to greater self-awareness and success.” ― Sylvia Clare

  45. “Life has a tendency to provide a person with what they need in order to grow. Our beliefs, what we value in life, provide the roadmap for the type of life that we experience. A period of personal unhappiness reveals that our values are misplaced and we are on the wrong path. Unless a person changes their values and ideas, they will continue to experience discontentment.” ― Kilroy J

  46. “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” – Benjamin Franklin

  47. “I didn't know I had it in me. There's more to all of us than we realize. Life is so much bigger, grander, higher, and wider than we allow ourselves to think. We're capable of so much more than we allow ourselves to believe.” ― Queen Latifah


    No wonder why people are unable to find themselves. Surely, it’s a difficult task, but such self awareness quotes are truly amazing to make you grasp the true power of your mind, body, and soul. Remember! There could be some dark days, but with self-confidence and self-belief, you can turn the tables, and melt the mountains.


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    Chris Hammond - Editor and "Chief Lucidity Officer" of World of Lucid Dreaming. That means he writes about lucid dreaming, awareness - and other gooey stuff like the nature of consciousness and cosmic existence. Join me at World of Lucid Dreaming Academy.