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37 Inspiring Quotes on Self-Discovery

A journey towards self-discovery can really captivate the soul and keep you aligned on your goals. I’ve created this list of quotes to help you tackle the journey internally and externally.

Best Quotes About Self-Discovery

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

Lao Tzu

2. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.


3. The longest journey is the journey inward.

Dag Hannarskjold

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


5. Step into the fire of self-discovery. This fire will not burn you.


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

Jackson Pollock

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

James Thurber

8. I wasn’t searching for something or someone….I was searching for me.

Carrie Bradshaw

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

Carl Jung

10. All wonders you seek are within yourself.

Sir Thomas Browne

11. Find out who you are and do it on purpose.

Dolly Parton

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

Jean de La Fontaine

13. 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 Gillies

14. Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

Henry David Thoreau

15. I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

Douglas Adams

16. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

E.E Cummings

17. Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

Henry David Thoreau

18. In suffering we find our truest selves.

Jesie Burton

19. 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

20. The journey toward self-discovery is life’s greatest adventure.

Arianna Huffington

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

23. The greatest discovery in life is self-discovery. Until you find yourself you will always be someone else. Become yourself.

Myles Munroe

24. 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

25. The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man.


26. Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.

Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)

27. I was once afraid of people saying “Who does she think she is? Now I have the courage to stand and say, “This is who I am.

Oprah Winfrey

28. To find yourself, think for yourself.


29. And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?


30. You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realising who you are at the deepest level.

Eckhart Tolle

31. 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

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


33. Self-discovery often happens when we move out of our comfort zone and change the norm.

Fola O’Martins

34. We often need to lose sight of our priorities in order to see them.

John Irving

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


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

Eckhart Tolle

37. Once you’ve started down that road to self-discovery, no matter how treacherous the path before you, you can’t turn back. The universe doesn’t allow it.

Lisa Unger

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