Inspirtaional Quotes about finding yourself

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What exactly “finding yourself” means? Is it that gap year backpacking trip in Europe? Those strange years in college between adolescence and finding your place in productive society? Is it a struggle to find your place in the world, or is it more of an internal battle to become comfortable with who you are?

Is there a “right answers” to any of these questions? If there are, I sure don’t have them, but here are some quotes about finding yourself and sayings about life that might help you find your own answer to these questions.

List of quotes about finding yourself.

“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.”

Jean de La Fontaine

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”


“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.”

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Sometimes you have to kind of die inside in order to rise from your own ashes and believe in yourself and love yourself to become a new person.”

Gerard Way

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

C.G. Jung

“At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.”

Lao Tzu

“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”

Jalaluddin Rumi

“The only journey is the one within.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.”


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

Aldous Huxley

“You can run away from yourself so often, and so much, just because the broken pieces of you cut your feet too deeply if you stay around for too long. But then what if someone were to come along and pick up those pieces for you? Then you wouldn’t have to run away from yourself anymore. You could stop running. If someone sees you as something worth staying with— maybe you’ll stay with yourself, too.”

C. JoyBell C.

“Don’t worry about finding your soul mate. Find yourself.”

Jason Evert

“Whatever it takes to find the real you, don’t be daunted if the rest of the world looks on in shock.”

Stephen Richards

“Role models are only of limited use. For no-one is as important, potentially powerful and as key in your life and world as you.”

Rasheed Ogunlaru

“I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.”

E.M. Forster

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”

Bob Moawad


“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.”


“The deeper I go into myself the more I realize that I am my own enemy.”

Floriano Martins

“Before you can be anything, you have to be yourself. That’s the hardest thing to find.”

E.L. Konigsburg

“I wonder in what way I would function as a person, in a society without ever attending school. I’d be myself.”

J.R. Rim

“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

“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

“For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.”

Clifton Fadiman

“Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”

Ann Landers

“I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.”

Mark Twain


“Like an old gold-panning prospector, you must resign yourself to digging up a lot of sand from which you will later patiently wash out a few minute particles of gold ore.”

Dorothy Bryant

“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

“The longer I love, the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

“You find out who you are by figuring out who and what you’re not”

Kelly Cutrone, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You

“We make such messes in this life, both accidently and on purpose. But wiping the surface clean doesn’t really make anything any neater. It just masks what is below. It’s only when you really dig down deep, go underground, that you can see who you really are.”

Sarah Dessen

“Funny, how it took a little bit of pain to remember that certain parts of yourself were alive.”

Adi Alsaid, Let’s Get Lost

“But there was a difference between being stuck and choosing to stay. Between being found and finding yourself.”

Martina Boone, Compulsion

“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. Gurdjieff

“The need to prove who you are will vanish once you know who you are.”

Danielle Pierre, Just Make It Happen!

“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”

James A. Froude

“One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.”

Blaise Pascal

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“Becoming conscious is of course a sacrilege against nature; it is as though you had robbed the unconscious of something.”

Carl G. Jung

“The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.”

Oscar Wilde

“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”


“All wonders you seek are within yourself.”

Sir Thomas Browne

“A man who finds no satisfaction in himself will seek for it in vain elsewhere.”

La Rochefoucauld

“It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too.”

H.W. Shaw

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

Oscar Wilde

“When you complete yourself is when you can complete someone else.”

Dominic Riccitello

“We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny, unless we have taught ourselves to consider every thing as moonshine, compared with the education of the heart.”

Walter Scott

“Here is the truth about self-discovery: it is never without cost.”

Angela Flournoy, The Turner House

“When you can’t escape your mind then God is telling your heart to catch up. Fight for the balance you need.”

Shannon L. Alder

“A wise man travels to discover himself.”

James Russell Lowell

“Be not afraid of being called un-fashionable.”

Adolf Loos

“Find yourself? Why not lose yourself instead?”

Marty Rubin

“To have a mission is to find your own gift”

Sunday Adelaja

“Pay attention to what you wish you were doing when you’re doing something else.”

Joyce Rachelle

“No one can give you that which you can find within yourself.”


“Discovering your identity is the key to fulfilling your destiny”

Sunday Adelaja

“Search yourself with other persons and you will find the right you.”

Auliq Ice

“If you think you can stand to know what you’re made of, try kneeling before God.”

Craig D. Lounsbrough

“You go and find who you really are, and don’t let anyone stop you.”

Diana Wynne Jones

Which one of the above-listed quotes about finding yourself is your favorite? Please share your favorite quote in the comment section below.

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