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self-examination Quotes

13 of the best book quotes about self-examination
  1. #1
    “That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.”
  2. #2
    “My body was broken—just how badly I wouldn’t find out until later—but I felt healed. Healed at last. I laughed.”
  3. #3
    “Everything I had worked for, all my years of study, had been to purchase for myself this one privilege: to see and experience more truths than those given to me by my father, and to use those truths to construct my own mind. I had come to believe that the ability to evaluate many ideas, many histories, many points of view, was at the heart of what it means to self-create. If I yielded now, I would lose more than an argument. I would lose custody of my own mind. This was the price I was being asked to pay, I understood that now. What my father wanted to cast from me wasn’t a demon: it was me.”
  4. #4
    “Whomever you become, whatever you make yourself into, that is who you always were.”
  5. #5
    “Under the strain of this continually impending doom and by the sleeplessness to which I now condemned myself, ay, even beyond what I had thought possible to man, I became, in my own person, a creature eaten up and emptied by fever, languidly weak both in body and mind, and solely occupied by one thought: the horror of my other self.”
  6. #6
    In presence of this ingenuous greatness of soul, Aramis felt himself little. It was the second time he had been compelled to bend before real superiority of heart, much more powerful than splendour of mind.
  7. #7
    “Ferreting in one’s soul, one often ferrets out something that might have lain there unnoticed.”
  8. #8
    “You cut yourself off from all sorts of experiences because you tell yourself you are ‘not that sort of person.‘”
    “But, I’m not.”
    “How do you know? You’ve done nothing, been nowhere. How do you have the faintest idea what kind of person you are?”
  9. #9
    “This is a magical place,” I said. “Everything shines here.” “You must stop yourself from thinking like that,” Dr. Kerry said, his voice raised. “You are not fool’s gold, shining only under a particular light. Whomever you become, whatever you make yourself into, that is who you always were. It was always in you. Not in Cambridge. In you. You are gold. And returning to BYU, or even to that mountain you came from, will not change who you are. It may change how others see you, it may even change how you see yourself—even gold appears dull in some lighting—but that is the illusion. And it always was.”
  10. #10
    Sometimes one is guided by what they say of themselves, and very frequently by what other people say of them, without giving oneself time to deliberate and judge.
  11. #11
    “And since you know you cannot see yourself,
    so well as by reflection, I, your glass,
    will modestly discover to yourself,
    that of yourself which you yet know not of.”
  12. #12
    “And it is very much lamented,...
    That you have no such mirrors as will turn
    Your hidden worthiness into your eye
    That you might see your shadow.”
  13. #13
    “We’re involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don’t get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying: Is that all? Is that all I want? Is something missing?”

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