Quotes About Finding Yourself

The process of figuring out who you are is an important aspect of life. Our notions of self, security, and belief are all built on discovering and knowing who we are. These self-discovery quotations are an excellent place to start.

The process of self-discovery is entirely natural for certain people. They can concentrate on who they are, what their objectives are, and how they want to live by spending time alone.

Others like to live in the now and wait until something or someone forces them to do so.

Everyone’s definition of “finding oneself” is different.

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For some, it may entail traversing the world for a few months or a year. Others find that college schedules and friendships help them figure out who they are and what they want to do. Many people’s journey to discovering who they are takes considerably longer, with losses, heartbreaks, and changes of direction along the way.

Though your path to self-discovery is unique to you, we all deserve some motivation along the route. So, to aid you on your road, here are some of the best quotes about finding yourself, knowing yourself, and self-discovery.

70+ Best Quotes About Finding Yourself

Don’t spend all of your time trying to FIND yourself. Spend your time CREATING yourself into a person that you’ll be proud of.___Sonya Parker


Don’t worry about finding your soul mate. Find yourself. ___ Jason Evert

Don’t worry about finding your soul mate. Find yourself. ___ Jason Evert

You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.― Mandy Hale


Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge abyss. But that’s why we have to keep trying. We have to push through all that hurts us, work past all our memories that are haunting us. Sometimes the things that hurt us are the things that make us strongest. A life without experience, in my opinion, is no life at all. And that’s why I tell everyone that, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living.― Alysha Speer


You’ve got to find yourself first. Everything else’ll follow.___Charles de Lint

You’ve got to find yourself first. Everything else’ll follow.___Charles de Lint

Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.___Richard Wright


If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.___James A. Michener


Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.___Lao Tzu


Sometimes we must lose ourselves to find ourselves. ___ Sonny Long


“You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.” ― Mandy Hale


“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


“People who fit don’t seek. The seekers are those that don’t fit.” ― Shannon L. Alder


“Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge abyss. But that’s why we have to keep trying. We have to push through all that hurts us, work past all our memories that are haunting us. Sometimes the things that hurt us are the things that make us strongest. A life without experience, in my opinion, is no life at all. And that’s why I tell everyone that, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living.” ― Alysha Speer


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


“It is not true that everyone is special. It is true that everyone was once special and still possesses the ability to recover it.” ― Criss Jami


“Somehow, we’ll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.” ― Brandon Sanderson


“I just want to be someone, to mean something to anyone…” ― Charlotte Eriksson


“One of the best times for figuring out who you are & what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.” ― Mandy Hale


“There’s something really cool about knowing that your destiny is SO big that you’re not meant to share it with anyone. At least not yet.” ― Mandy Hale


“Sometimes when you lose your way, you find YOURSELF.” ― Mandy Hale


“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” ― Germany Kent


“When God takes out the trash, don’t go digging back through it. Trust Him.” ― Amaka Imani Nkosazana


Sometimes we must lose ourselves to find ourselves. ___ Sonny Long

If you’re being ignored, that’s a good time to concentrate on finding yourself and creating your own mystery.___Lykke Li


Should we say the self, once perceived, becomes the soul?___Theodore Roethke


To find yourself, think for yourself.___Socrates


In the end you don’t so much find yourself as you find someone who knows who you are.___Robert Brault


First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others.___Amos Bronson Alcott


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


Why should we honor those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.___William Butler Yeats


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


Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery. ___Matthew Arnold

Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery. ___Matthew Arnold

Somehow, we’ll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.― Brandon Sanderson


If you learn to really sit with loneliness and embrace it for the gift that it is…an opportunity to get to know YOU, to learn how strong you really are, to depend on no one but YOU for your happiness…you will realize that a little loneliness goes a LONG way in creating a richer, deeper, more vibrant and colorful YOU.― Mandy Hale


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


Be who you are, and find yourself so you can be your own person and enjoy life with no regret.___Bonnie Zackson Koury


Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ____ George Bernard Shaw

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ____ George Bernard Shaw

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


You’ve got to know yourself so you can at last be yourself.___D.H. Lawrence


Find out who you are and do it on purpose.___ Dolly Parton


One of the best times for figuring out who you are & what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.― Mandy Hale


Sometimes when you lose your way, you find YOURSELF.― Mandy Hale

Sometimes when you lose your way, you find YOURSELF.― Mandy Hale

One’s own self is well hidden from one’s own self; of all mines of treasure, one’s own is the last to be dug up.___Friedrich Nietzsche


Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. – Ann Landers


You really have to look inside yourself and find your own inner strength, and say, ‘I’m proud of what I am and who I am, and I’m just going to be myself.___Mariah Carey


Man can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as… from a lack of bread.___Richard Wright, Native Son


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


It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.― Germany Kent

It's a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.― Germany Kent

You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.___Jerry Gilles


Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.___Carl Jung


‘Know thyself?’ If I knew myself, I’d run away. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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


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


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

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

So they gave me love in form of poison and tiny little pills, programming my emotions, teaching me how to feel. To act correct and talk correct and answer without knowing the question, because that, my dear, is how you get love. Yes that, dear youth, is how you’ll be loved. I tried to medicate my own fucked up little mind with chemicals and adrenaline, tasting sweeter every night, shaking louder every time. Sitting wide awake in bed until the world disappears, writing poetry to concentrate on something real while waiting for the love to arrive.I’ve been looking for it night after night, waiting patiently for it to show up, maybe somewhere in between the state of awake and asleep, alive and not so alive, sober and not so sober.
(I lost track of the difference somewhere in between.)― Charlotte Eriksson


Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart give yourself to it.___Buddha


You have no need to travel anywhere. Journey within yourself, enter a mine of rubies and bathe in the splendor of your own light.___Rumi


You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search. – Maxwell Maltz

You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search. – Maxwell Maltz

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


People who fit don’t seek. The seekers are those that don’t fit.___Shannon L. Adler


I don’t want to be just one thing. I want to be brave and selfless and intelligent and honest and kind.”
― Veronica Roth


We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.___Jean-Paul Sartre


I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.___Michel de Montaigne

I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.___Michel de Montaigne

I think somehow we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision.___Eleanor Roosevelt


The only journey is the journey within. – Rainer Maria Rilke


The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.___Mohammad Ali


What you discover on your own is always more exciting than what someone else discovers for you – it’s like the marriage between romantic love and an arranged marriage.___Terrence Rafferty


Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.___Jackson Pollock

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.___Jackson Pollock

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

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

A man who finds no satisfaction in himself will seek for it in vain elsewhere. – François de La Rochefoucauld

A man who finds no satisfaction in himself will seek for it in vain elsewhere. – François de La Rochefoucauld

There are… things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.____Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground, 1864

There are… things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.____Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground, 1864

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

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

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.____St. Augustine

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.____St. Augustine

All the wonders you seek are within yourself. – Thomas Browne

All the wonders you seek are within yourself. – Thomas Browne

One does not ‘find oneself’ by pursuing one’s self, but on the contrary by pursuing something else and learning through discipline or routine… who one is and wants to be.___May Sarton

One does not ‘find oneself’ by pursuing one’s self, but on the contrary by pursuing something else and learning through discipline or routine… who one is and wants to be.___May Sarton

I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way.___Voltaire

I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way.___Voltaire

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

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

If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.____Anonymous

If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.____Anonymous

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.___William Shakespeare, Hamlet

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.___William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.___Henry David Thoreau


You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.___James A. Froude

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.___James A. Froude

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.___James Thurber


Each man’s life represents a road toward himself. ___ Hermann Hesse

Each man’s life represents a road toward himself. ___ Hermann Hesse

Each man’s life represents a road toward himself. ___ Hermann Hesse

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.___Thomas Szasz

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.___Thomas Szasz

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

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

What you fear is inside yourself… The power to do great or terrible things.___Liam Neeson, Batman Begins

What you fear is inside yourself… The power to do great or terrible things.___Liam Neeson, Batman Begins

It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too.___H.W. Shaw

It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too.___H.W. Shaw

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it. ____ Jean de La Fontaine

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it. ____ Jean de La Fontaine

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.____Blise Pascal

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.____Blise Pascal

There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.___Benjamin Franklin

There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.___Benjamin Franklin

I wasn’t searching for something or someone….I was searching for me.___Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and The City

I wasn’t searching for something or someone….I was searching for me.___Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and The City

If you don’t get lost, there’s a chance you may never be found.___Unknown

If you don’t get lost, there’s a chance you may never be found.___Unknown

All this time I was finding myself, And I didn’t know I was lost.___Avicci, Wake Me Up


Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.___Aristotle


Step into the fire of self-discovery. This fire will not burn you, it will only burn what you are not.____Mooji


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