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quote by Mary Engelbreit: Don’t look back -- you’re not going that way. with background image: silhouette of grass under moonlight
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Don’t look back -- you’re not going that way.

--Mary Engelbreit
quote by Judy Garland: Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else. with background image: low-angle photo of white daisy
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Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.

--Judy Garland
quote by Adam Braun: True self-discovery begins where your comfort zone ends. with background image: tall trees with dried leaves on ground

True self-discovery begins where your comfort zone ends.

--Adam Braun
quote by Andre Berthiaume: We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin. with background image: iris flower blue wallpaper
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We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.

--Andre Berthiaume
quote by S. I. Hayakawa: 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. with background image: photo of author S. I. Hayakawa with quote

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
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Be Yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just Be. with background image: silhouette of woman during sunset
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Be Yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just Be.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: No one has ever learned fully to know themselves. with background image: photo of author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe with quote

No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
quote by Marc Chernoff: It's OK if you mess up, that's how you get wiser. Give yourself a break. And don't give up! Good things take time, and you're getting there. with background image: pink, red, and black digital wallpaper
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It's OK if you mess up, that's how you get wiser. Give yourself a break. And don't give up! Good things take time, and you're getting there.

--Marc Chernoff

quote by Lao-Tzu: It is wisdom to know others; It is enlightenment to know one's self. with background image: two person standing while watching sky
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It is wisdom to know others; It is enlightenment to know one's self.

--Lao-Tzu
quote by Viktor Frankl: The more one forgives himself-by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love-the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself. with background image: photo of author Viktor Frankl with quote

The more one forgives himself-by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love-the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself.

--Viktor Frankl

quote by Thomas Szasz: People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something that one finds. It is something that one creates. with background image: green textile in close up image
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People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something that one finds. It is something that one creates.

--Thomas Szasz

quote by Thomas Lloyd Qualls: Sometimes a journey is not about the traveler. It is not about a destination. It is about the bringing together of worlds. It is about lighting a path. with background image: solid background
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Sometimes a journey is not about the traveler. It is not about a destination. It is about the bringing together of worlds. It is about lighting a path.

--Thomas Lloyd Qualls
quote by Trenice Carter: Gratification comes when you help someone else. with background image: snowflake
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Gratification comes when you help someone else.

--Trenice Carter
quote by Angela Flournoy: Here is the truth about self-discovery: it is never without cost. with background image: man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime
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Here is the truth about self-discovery: it is never without cost.

--Angela Flournoy

quote by David Levithan: And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic nor popular -- but one must take it because it is right. with background image: Arizona landscape
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And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic nor popular -- but one must take it because it is right.

--David Levithan
quote by Jessie Burton: In suffering we find our truest selves. with background image: couple kissing under gray clouds
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In suffering we find our truest selves.

--Jessie Burton
quote by Adi Alsaid: Funny, how it took a little bit of pain to remember that certain parts of yourself were alive. with background image: rock formation surrounding by body of water
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Funny, how it took a little bit of pain to remember that certain parts of yourself were alive.

--Adi Alsaid
quote by Kelly Cutrone: You find out who you are by figuring out who and what you're not. with background image: grey cliff near body of water
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You find out who you are by figuring out who and what you're not.

--Kelly Cutrone
quote by Colleen Hoover: You'll never be able to find yourself if you're lost in someone else. with background image: blue and black abstract painting
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You'll never be able to find yourself if you're lost in someone else.

--Colleen Hoover



quote by William Juneau: If you would find gold, you must search where gold is. with background image: woman holding brown umbrella
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If you would find gold, you must search where gold is.

--William Juneau
quote by Swami Nithyananda: One must know one's own secret. with background image: woman wearing white dress
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One must know one's own secret.

--Swami Nithyananda
quote by Ray Bradbury: All education is self-discovery. with background image: photo of author Ray Bradbury with quote

All education is self-discovery.

--Ray Bradbury
quote by D. H. Lawrence: You've got to know yourself so you can at last be yourself. with background image: photo of author D. H. Lawrence with quote

You've got to know yourself so you can at last be yourself.

--D. H. Lawrence

quote by Thomas Mann: No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself. with background image: photo of author Thomas Mann with quote

No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself.

--Thomas Mann
quote by Robert Breault: If you aren't sure who you are, you might as well work on who you want to be. with background image: blue wallpaper
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If you aren't sure who you are, you might as well work on who you want to be.

--Robert Breault
quote by Hermann Hesse: Each man's life represents a road toward himself. with background image: photo of author Hermann Hesse with quote

Each man's life represents a road toward himself.

--Hermann Hesse
quote by Luc de Clapiers: We discover in ourselves what others hide from us and we recognize in others what we hide from ourselves. with background image: black textile in close up photography
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We discover in ourselves what others hide from us and we recognize in others what we hide from ourselves.

--Luc de Clapiers
quote by Andre Gide: In order to judge properly, one must get away somewhat from what one is judging, after having loved it. This is true of countries, of persons, and of oneself. with background image: photo of author Andre Gide with quote

In order to judge properly, one must get away somewhat from what one is judging, after having loved it. This is true of countries, of persons, and of oneself.

--Andre Gide
quote by Saint Teresa of Avila: Strive to close the eyes of the body and open those of the soul and look into your own heart. with background image: blue rose with water droplet
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Strive to close the eyes of the body and open those of the soul and look into your own heart.

--Saint Teresa of Avila
quote by Barry Long: No man can teach another self-knowledge. He can only lead him or her up to self-discovery -- the source of truth. with background image: man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered
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No man can teach another self-knowledge. He can only lead him or her up to self-discovery -- the source of truth.

--Barry Long
quote by Will Smith: Be magic choose and believe that you can do anything you set your mind to believe. We are who we choose to be. with background image: photo of author Will Smith with quote

Be magic choose and believe that you can do anything you set your mind to believe. We are who we choose to be.

--Will Smith
quote by Asia Kate Dillon: I believe the arts are the best way to help people go on a journey of self-discovery toward their own compassion and empathy for humanity and themselves. with background image: solid background
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I believe the arts are the best way to help people go on a journey of self-discovery toward their own compassion and empathy for humanity and themselves.

--Asia Kate Dillon
quote by Kristin Cavallari: It's important to let kids be themselves and to let them make mistakes. Self-discovery goes a long way. with background image: photo of author Kristin Cavallari with quote

It's important to let kids be themselves and to let them make mistakes. Self-discovery goes a long way.

--Kristin Cavallari

quote by Alexandra Stoddard: I'm an interior designer from the soul. It's not about just putting things in a room. It's much deeper and broader. It's about self-discovery. with background image: landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays
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I'm an interior designer from the soul. It's not about just putting things in a room. It's much deeper and broader. It's about self-discovery.

--Alexandra Stoddard
quote by Kevin Abstract: I believe that self-discovery is an ongoing thing. with background image: fireplace on fire
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I believe that self-discovery is an ongoing thing.

--Kevin Abstract

Longer Version:

I believe that self-discovery is an ongoing thing. I might not ever fully know who I am, but I also believe that I could be whoever I want, whenever I want.


quote by Anne Tyler: It is not how much you love someone, but who you are when you are with him. with background image: crack in wall
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It is not how much you love someone, but who you are when you are with him.

--Anne Tyler
quote by Bert McCoy: The journey we're on is as vast and sacred as the stars in the night sky. with background image: silhouette of person's hands forming heart
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The journey we're on is as vast and sacred as the stars in the night sky.

--Bert McCoy


quote by Kilroy J. Oldster: Why do mythological heroes of past civilizations have a thousand faces? Is it because each one of us takes a heroic journey of self-discovery? with background image: Arizona landscape rain
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Why do mythological heroes of past civilizations have a thousand faces? Is it because each one of us takes a heroic journey of self-discovery?

--Kilroy J. Oldster
quote by Nitin Namdeo: The journey of life is not about the destination but about exploration. with background image: time lapse photography of fire
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The journey of life is not about the destination but about exploration.

--Nitin Namdeo
quote by Nitin Namdeo: The journey to a peaceful and blessed life begins when you take 100 percent responsibility for your life instead of blaming others. with background image: yellow and purple flower with white background
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The journey to a peaceful and blessed life begins when you take 100 percent responsibility for your life instead of blaming others.

--Nitin Namdeo
quote by Nitin Namdeo: This is the journey of your life. Don't try to explain it to others, because only you can see it. with background image: purple petaled flower
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This is the journey of your life. Don't try to explain it to others, because only you can see it.

--Nitin Namdeo


quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti: Put away the book, the description, the tradition, the authority, and take the journey of self-discovery. with background image: photo of author Jiddu Krishnamurti with quote

Put away the book, the description, the tradition, the authority, and take the journey of self-discovery.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

quote by Sir Walter Scott: 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. with background image: photo of author Sir Walter Scott with quote

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.

--Sir Walter Scott
quote by Hugo Hamilton: Maybe you have to live under cover for a while before you can find your true character. with background image: brown wooden table clock at 10 10
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Maybe you have to live under cover for a while before you can find your true character.

--Hugo Hamilton
quote by Ella Wheeler Wilcox: There is no satisfaction that can compare with looking back across the years and finding you've grown in self-control, judgment, generosity, and unselfishness. with background image: photo of author Ella Wheeler Wilcox with quote

There is no satisfaction that can compare with looking back across the years and finding you've grown in self-control, judgment, generosity, and unselfishness.

--Ella Wheeler Wilcox


quote by James Russell Lowell: A wise man travels to discover himself. with background image: photo of author James Russell Lowell with quote

A wise man travels to discover himself.

--James Russell Lowell
quote by Eckhart Tolle: If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without. with background image: photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without.

--Eckhart Tolle
quote by Amit Ray: Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding. with background image: man in black jacket and pants jumping on white rock
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Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding.

--Amit Ray
quote by Alan Alda: Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in. with background image: photo of author Alan Alda with quote

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in.

--Alan Alda

quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. : Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable. with background image: photo of author Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.  with quote

Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.

--Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
quote by Neil Simon: If you can go through life without experiencing pain you probably haven't been born yet. with background image: photo of author Neil Simon with quote

If you can go through life without experiencing pain you probably haven't been born yet.

--Neil Simon
quote by Julien Green: The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart. with background image: couple standing on grass field mountain
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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
quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill. with background image: photo of author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe with quote

Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
quote by Gail Sheehy: The delights of self-discovery are always available. with background image: photo of author Gail Sheehy with quote

The delights of self-discovery are always available.

--Gail Sheehy
quote by Emanuel Steward: I went to a motivational training course once, a course of self-discovery, and I found out after a week that my fear -- it was not a fear of not being accepted -- was a very violent fear of failure. with background image: photo of author Emanuel Steward with quote

I went to a motivational training course once, a course of self-discovery, and I found out after a week that my fear -- it was not a fear of not being accepted -- was a very violent fear of failure.

--Emanuel Steward

quote by Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice. with background image: photo of author Elizabeth Cady Stanton with quote

Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.

--Elizabeth Cady Stanton
quote by Adolf Loos: Be not afraid of being called un-fashionable. with background image: photo of author Adolf Loos with quote

Be not afraid of being called un-fashionable.

--Adolf Loos
quote by Rainer Maria Rilke: The only journey is the journey within. with background image: photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

The only journey is the journey within.

--Rainer Maria Rilke
quote by Sonny Liston: Sometimes we must lose ourselves to find ourselves. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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Sometimes we must lose ourselves to find ourselves.

--Sonny Liston
quote by Steve Jobs: Our time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. with background image: silhouette of man looking towards left
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Our time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.

--Steve Jobs
quote by Mark Twain: I can last two months on a good compliment. with background image: photo of author Mark Twain with quote

I can last two months on a good compliment.

--Mark Twain
quote by Dolly Parton: Find out who you are and do it on purpose. with background image: person holding white and yellow flower painting

Find out who you are and do it on purpose.

--Dolly Parton
quote by Carl Jung: Becoming conscious is of course a sacrilege against nature; it is as though you had robbed the unconscious of something. with background image: photo of author Carl Jung with quote

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

--Carl Jung
quote by Henri Frederic Amiel: Man never knows what he wants; he aspires to penetrate mysteries and as soon as he has, he wants to reestablish them. Ignorance irritates him and knowledge cloys. with background image: photo of author Henri Frederic Amiel with quote

Man never knows what he wants; he aspires to penetrate mysteries and as soon as he has, he wants to reestablish them. Ignorance irritates him and knowledge cloys.

--Henri Frederic Amiel
quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: I think somehow we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision. with background image: pink umbrella
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I think somehow we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision.

--Eleanor Roosevelt
quote by Marcel Proust: The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes. with background image: photo of author Marcel Proust with quote

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.

--Marcel Proust
quote by Michael Bassey Johnson: Your real self may be hiding somewhere, look for it within, when you find yourself, you can freely be what you want to be. with background image: white flowers
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Your real self may be hiding somewhere, look for it within, when you find yourself, you can freely be what you want to be.

--Michael Bassey Johnson
quote by Bonnie Zackson Koury: Be who you are, and find yourself so you can be your own person and enjoy life with no regret. with background image: white and black soccer ball on grass field
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Be who you are, and find yourself so you can be your own person and enjoy life with no regret.

--Bonnie Zackson Koury
quote by Shannon L. Alder: People who fit don't seek. The seekers are those that don't fit. with background image: worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree
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People who fit don't seek. The seekers are those that don't fit.

--Shannon L. Alder
quote by Dr. Seuss: Why fit in when you were born to stand out? with background image: photo of author Dr. Seuss with quote

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

--Dr. Seuss

Longer Version:

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Dr.


quote by Roy T. Bennett: To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are. with background image: person sitting on black surface looking to sky
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To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.

--Roy T. Bennett
quote by Tegan and Sara: You are not a bad person because you are gay. You are you because you are you and you were meant to be you so be you proudly. with background image: laughing woman photo
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You are not a bad person because you are gay. You are you because you are you and you were meant to be you so be you proudly.

--Tegan Quin
quote by Dante Alighieri: Follow your own star! with background image: silhouette photo of mountain during nighttime
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Follow your own star!

--Dante Alighieri


quote by Karen Lamb: A year from now you will wish you had started today. with background image: dome tent with galaxy with stars
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A year from now you will wish you had started today.

--Karen Lamb
quote by Hermann Hesse: I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me. with background image: photo of author Hermann Hesse with quote

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.

--Hermann Hesse
quote by Sean Patrick Flanery: Do something today that your future self will thank you for. with background image: people raises hands
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Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

--Sean Patrick Flanery
quote by Simone de Beauvoir: Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it. with background image: photo of author Simone de Beauvoir with quote

Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.

--Simone de Beauvoir
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. with background image: fawn pug on bed
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I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Bruce Lee: All types of knowledge, ultimately mean self knowledge. with background image: photo of author Bruce Lee with quote

All types of knowledge, ultimately mean self knowledge.

--Bruce Lee

Longer Version:

All types of knowledge ultimately lead to self-knowledge. So, therefore, these people are asking me to teach them, not so much how to defend themselves or how to do somebody in. Rather, they want to learn to express themselves through some movement, be it anger, be it determination or whatever. So, in other words, they're paying me to show them, in combative form, the art of expressing the human body.


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