35 Quotes About Understanding Yourself Better

You can help “better understand yourself” by daring to undertake the process of thinking about yourself. It sounds so simple, but it’s something, I believe, too few do. Practice speaking positively about yourself and the things you cannot change.

Learn to love who you are, because you make the world a better place. Everyone adds to the world with their unique perspective, looks, and attitude. Every human is not the same and you have to realize that that is a wonderful thing. To develop the best view of yourself you have to readjust your self-image. You must create a love for yourself and not rely on others to create it for you.

True knowledge of this kind must necessarily include all of the knowledge most destructive to the Self. To embrace this area of knowledge thus, in a sense, destroys the object of that knowledge. In other words, to know itself, the Self must destroy itself. This is not a novel concept but all perception is on some level, intervention.

Here, are some quotes about understanding yourself.

  1. “If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are transforming.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
  2. “If you do not respect your wishes, no one else will. You will simply attract people who disrespect you as much as you do.” ― Vironika Tugaleva
  3. “The most profound personal growth does not happen while reading a book or meditating. It happens in the throes of conflict when you are angry, afraid, frustrated. It happens when you are doing the same old thing and you suddenly realize that you have a choice.” ― Vironika Tugaleva
  4. “Am I so insecure that every time life hits me I must immediately run off to some mirror and gaze into it to make certain that I am who I thought I was? Frankly, what I’d much rather do is rest in who God says I am. Then I can throw all my mirrors away instead of throwing away all my time looking into them.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
  5. “Might I wish to be all that I can be and not fall victim to all that I fear to be.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
  6. “Religion without sense is like a car with no wheels. You can be in it, but it won’t take you anywhere. We must be logical and good-natured if we want it to take us places for the greater good.” ― Torron-Lee Dewar
  7. “Too often we confuse ‘discovering who we are’ with ‘discovering who we want to be.’ And if we commit to the former it will take care of the latter.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
  8. “Each of us needs to learn the unique language of our soul.” ― John O’Donohue
  9. “Selfishness is hunkering down into our little worlds because we fear that the vastness of the person standing next to us will call out the vastness of the person living within us.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
  10. “The moment your fear transfigures, you come into rhythm with yourself.” ― John O’Donohue
  11. “The question of ‘who I am is far more compelling than the question ‘who I am not.’ For to build on the former is to resolve the question of the latter.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
  12. “I may be shy but my pen is not.” ― Mitta Xinindlu
  13. “I regret it when I suppress my feelings too long and they burst forth in ways that are distorted or attacking or hurtful.” ― Carl R. Rogers
  14. “We deal with our mind from morning till evening, and it can be our best friend or our worst enemy.” ― Matthieu Ricard
  15. “Self-knowledge, a spiritual metamorphosis, precedes understanding other people and comprehending the beauty of being part of the spontaneous interplay of the natural world.” ― Kilroy J. OldsterQuotes About Understanding Yourself.
  16. “Self-questioning and a desire to gain self-understanding is the fêted act of humankind.” ― Kilroy J. Oldster
  17. “Too often fear is fiction madly running amuck, all the while madly tracking ‘muck’ across the floor of fact.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
  18. “There is a difference between working hard to create a life that truly serves you
    and working hard to create a life that you’ve been told you should want.” ― Vironika Tugaleva
  19. “Narrative writing represents a personal attempt to quantify and understand the psychological singularities behind the author’s personality traits as delineated by a winnowed list of formative life experiences.” ― Kilroy J. Oldster
  20. “You may never live long enough to discover who you are, but by the time you reach middle age you will hopefully realize who you are not.” ― James Rozoff
  21. “I may not know what my heart truly holds, but who does? I think we’re all mysteries, even to ourselves.” ― Carolyn Ives Gilman
  22. “What makes me think that I can define reality when I can scarcely define myself.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
  23. “Psychiatry is a strange field because, unlike any other field of medicine, you never really finish. Your greatest instrument is you, yourself, and the work of self-understanding is endless. I’m still learning.” ― Irvin D. Yalom
  24. “You are nature. You are already perfect, peaceful, and powerful. You don’t need to become anything. You simply need to remember yourself.” ― Vironika Tugaleva
  25. “If we reverse the outer shell and the essence–in other words, consider the outer shell the essence and the essence only the shell–our lives might be a whole lot easier to understand.” ― Haruki Murakami
  26. “Life is a conversation with yourself. And who are you if not the eternal presence behind everything that is, was, and will be? Like this, the blow of each breeze and the beauty of each sunset can teach you about yourself, if you listen. If you hear.” ― Vironika Tugaleva
  27. “You’d be surprised how often you doubt your sanity when you don’t understand your capacities.” ― M. Mac
  28. “It’s not possible to run away from yourself. Unless, of course, you’re schizophrenic and can take holidays outside your mind.” ― Fennel Hudson
  29. “When people of different religions or countries harm people as a means to create peace, it’s out of the compulsion to make all colors the same. This is also why people think that war is a logical avenue towards creating peace. People who do not have or know inner peace perpetuate these shards of illusions. Thus, they are projecting their fragmented concepts of peace out onto the world.” ― Alaric Hutchinson
  30. “It is not until you learn to look at yourself, through the truth of who you are, that you can look at someone else.” ― Vironika Tugaleva
  31. “Wisdom along with maturity is self-understanding and defining one’s character through reasoning in a circumstance.” ― Unarine Oamaru
  32. “If you have a burning desire to be free (as I have) you must first find this freedom within you. And to be free in this manner, you have to be comfortable with who and what you are.” ― Fennel Hudson
  33. “Time alone helps us to remember who we are.” ― Fennel Hudson
  34. “The thing that matters most is what matters to you, not anybody else.” ― Fennel Hudson
  35. “Once I finally understand the immensity of my impoverishment, I am finally in a position to see the enormity of God’s majesty.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough


Sim is the founder of The Blessed Human. A budding literary artist who loves to pen down blogs especially on culture, lifestyle, and life.

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