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Know thyself.

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens

I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming.

Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) New Zealand-born English short story writer.

To know yourself you have only to set down a true statement of those that ever loved or hated you.

Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801) Swiss theologian and poet.

To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

Explore thyself. Herein are demanded the eye and the nerve.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.


Analysis and synthesis ordinarily clarify matters for us about as much as taking a Swiss watch apart and dumping its wheels, springs, hands, threads, pivots, screws and gears into a layman's hands for reassembling, clarifies a watch to a layman.

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Before a man can wake up and find himself famous he has to wake up and find himself.

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Our lives teach us who we are.

Salman Rushdie (1948-?) Anglo-Indian novelist.

Other men's sins are before our eyes; our own are behind our backs.

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

I know myself, but that is all.

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