The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist and essayist.
To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.
Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) German philosopher.
To see, to hear, means nothing. To recognize (or not to recognize) means everything. Between what I do recognize and what I do not recognize there stands myself. And what I do not recognize I shall continue not to recognize.
André Breton (1896-1966) French writer, poet, and surrealist theorist.
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author.
Most people grow old within a small circle of ideas, which they have not discovered for themselves. There are perhaps less wrong-minded people than thoughtless.
Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747) French moralist, essayist, and writer.