6,257. Never think that you’re not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you very much at your own reckoning. Anthony Trollope, The Small House at Allington 1864
6,260. My name is Marcos du Sautoy. And I’m about to take part in a medical experiment – one which is specifically designed to rob me of my faculties. I’m going to be taken to the edge of awareness, and on the way it’s going to alter the sense of who I am. I’m hoping to find out what makes me me. (Self & Senses) Professor Marcus du Sautoy, Horizon: The Secret You, 2009
6,261. Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power. (Self & Think) Rene Descartes
6,262. Conquer yourself rather than the world. Rene Descartes
53,244. I doubt therefore I think; I think therefore I am. [Dubito ergo cogito; cogito ergo sum] (Existence & I & Self & Doubt & Think) Rene Descartes
6,266. On the one hand I have a clear and distinct idea of myself, in so far as I am a thinking, non-extended thing; and on the other hand I have a distinct idea of body, in so far a this is simply an extended, non-thinking thing. And, accordingly, it is certain that I am really distinct from my body, and exist without it. (Self & Body) Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy 1641
6,325. The diversity of our opinions, consequently, does not arise from some being endowed with a larger share of reason than others, but solely from this, that we conduct our thoughts along different ways, and do not fix our attention on the same objects. For to be possessed of a vigorous mind is not enough; the prime requisite is rightly to apply it. The greatest minds, as they are capable of the highest excellences, are open likewise to the greatest aberrations; and those who travel very slowly may yet make far greater progress, provided they keep always to the straight road, than those who, while they run, forsake it. (Self & Mind) Rene Descartes, Discourse on Method and Meditations on Philosophy
6,338. The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. – is sure to be noticed. Soren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death
6,263. Where am I, or what? From what causes do I derive my existence, and to what condition shall I return? ... I am confounded with all these questions, and begin to fancy myself in the most deplorable condition imaginable, environed with the deepest darkness, and utterly deprived of the use of every member and faculty. David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
6,264. The feelings of our heart, the agitation of our passions, the vehemence of our affections, dissipate all its conclusions, and reduce the profound philosopher to a mere plebeian. ibid.
6,265. For my part, when I enter most intimately into what I call myself, I always stumble on some particular perception or other, of heat or cold, light or shade, love or hatred, pain or pleasure. I never can catch myself at any time without a perception, and never can observe any thing but the perception ... If any one, upon serious and unprejudic’d reflection thinks he has a different notion of himself, I must confess I can reason no longer with him. All I can allow him is, that he may be in the right as well as I, and that we are essentially different in this particular. He may, perhaps, perceive something simple and continu’d, which he calls himself; tho’ I am certain there is no such principle in me. David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature
6,267. The golden calf of self-love. Thomas Carlyle
6,270. Who dwells in his inner self, and is the same in pleasure and pain; to whom gold or stones or earth are one, and what is pleasing or displeasing leave him in peace; who is beyond both praise and blame, and whose mind is steady and quiet. Bhagavad Gita: Krishna's Dialogue on the Soul 14:24
6,271. One gradually attains tranquillity of mind by keeping the mind fully absorbed in the Self by means of a well-trained intellect, and thinking of nothing else. (Self & Mind) ibid.
6,272. A man’s own self is his friend. A man’s own self is his foe. ibid.
6,474. Little by little, through patience and repeated effort, the mind will become stilled in the Self. (Mind & Self) ibid
4,484. I had never thought of being ashamed of my hands before. But I began to consider them a very indifferent pair. Her contempt for me was so strong that it became infectious and I caught it. (Self & Expectations & Hands) Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
4,485. And my communication to him is that he has great expectations. (Self & Expectations & Communication) ibid.
6,274. Is love possible? Is freedom possible? Is the truth possible? Is it possible to be one’s actual self with another human being? Is it possible to be a human being any more? Is it possible to be a person? Do persons even exist? (Self & Love & Freedom & Truth & Human Being & Individual) R D Laing, psychiatrist
6,275. It is easy – terribly easy – to shake a man’s faith in himself. To take advantage of that to break a man’s spirit is devil’s work. (Self & Man) George Bernard Shaw, Candida 1898
6,285. The whole system that we live in drills into us that we’re powerless, that we’re weak, that our society is evil, that it is crowded etc. and so forth. It’s all a big fat lie. We are powerful, beautiful, extraordinary. There is no reason why we cannot understand who we truly are, where we are going. There is no reason why the average human being cannot be fully empowered. We are incredibly powerful beings. (Self & Control & System & Power & Human Being) Professor Carl Sagan
6,289. We mostly grow up believing we’ve got one ... Modern neuroscience is saying it’s hard to locate a Self. Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, interview Andrew Marr Radio 4 2nd May 2011
98,278. What interests me is the extent to which we are unreliable narrators of ourselves. (Self & Life’s Like That & Human Being) Gwen Adshead, Broadmoor forensic psychotherapist
6,281. People can become disorganised at different times. (Self & Life’s Like That & Human Being) ibid.
6,289. The associations between self-esteem and its expected con- sequences are mixed, insignificant or absent. Californian Governor’s Task-Force on Self-Esteem
6,290. These are families of theory ... The Pearl View ... At the heart of every individual is something which is permanent, unchanging, some kind of essence of who they are ... The alternative theory ... is that this essence just isn’t there ... The Bundle Theory [David Hume] ... We are this collection of thoughts, experiences, memories and so forth. (Self & Individual & Soul & Think & Experience & Memory) Julian Baggini, editor-in-chief The Philosophers’ magazine, interview
6,291. I don’t find myself interesting as a person and the details I find boring, quite frankly, You could sum it up in a few words or sentences really: came from nothing. Self-educated. Luck. Energy. Curiosity. Ambition. That’s it. Nothing at all can illuminate the work as far as I can tell. Peter Ackroyd
6,294. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. Bernard M Baruch
4,177. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. (World & Self & Conformity) Ralph Waldo Emerson
67,918. Self-command is the main discipline. (Command & Self) Ralph Waldo Emerson