My own introspection, or exploration of myself, will lead me astray, but when I realize not only that God knows me, but that He is the only One who does, I see the vital importance of intercessory introspection. Every man is too big for himself. Thank God for everyone who realizes it and, like the Psalmist, hands himself over to be searched out by God.
~ Oswald Chambers
Men who know themselves are no longer fools; they stand on the threshold of the Door of Wisdom.
~ Havelock Ellis, Impressions and Comments
Self-trust is the first secret of success.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.
~ Benjamin Franklin
It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.
~ Andre Gide
Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
~ Rabbi Abraham Heschel
Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
~ Samuel Johnson
Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.
~ La Rochefoucauld
The first thing you have to know is yourself. A man who knows himself can step outside himself and watch his own reactions like an observer.
~ Adam Smith
To be specific, the self-sins are these: self-righteousness, self-pity, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, self-admiration, self-love and a host of others like them. They dwell too deep within us and are too much a part of our natures to come to our attention till the light of God is focused upon them. The grosser manifestations of these sins, egotism, exhibitionism, self-promotion, are strangely tolerated in Christian leaders even in circles of impeccable orthodoxy. They are so much in evidence as actually, form any people, to become identified with the gospel. I trust it is not a cynical observation to say that they appear these days to be a requisite for popularity in some sections of the Church visible. Promoting self under the guise of promoting Christ is currently so common as to excite little notice.
~ A.W. Tozer, in The Pursuit of God, Chapter 3 – Removing the Veil
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
~ Lao Tzu
Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril.
~ Sun Tzu