Know Thyself.
Socrates (Apology)
The unexamined life
is not worth living.
Socrates (Apology)
(Socrates and Self-Confidence)
Self-conquest is
the greatest of victories.
Plato (427-347 BC)
Observe all men; thy self most.
Benjamin Franklin
Poor Richard's Almanac, August 1740
American politician, scientist, civic activist.
If most of us remain ignorant of
ourselves, it is because selfknowledge is painful and we prefer
the pleasures of illusion.
Aldous Huxley
The Perennial Philosophy
Study the heart and the mind of man, and begin with
your own. Meditation and reflection must lay the
foundation of that knowledge, but experience and
practice must, and alone can, complete it.
Lord Chesterfield
Letter to his son, June 6, 1751
At fifteen my heart was set on learning;
at thirty I stood firm; at forty I had no
more doubts; at fifty I knew the
mandate of heaven; at sixty my ear was
obedient; at seventy I could follow my
heart's desire without transgressing the
(Confucius, Analects)
It is wisdom to know others;
It is enlightenment
to know one's self.
(6th century B.C.)
The Way of Life
Our greatest instrument for
understanding the world—
introspection . . . . The best
way of knowing the inwardness
of our neighbour is to know
Walter Lippmann
A Preface to Politics
Self-knowledge is the beginning
of self-improvement.
Baltasar Gracián
Jesuit Priest
Self-awareness gives you the
capacity to learn from your
mistakes as well as your
successes. It enables you to keep
Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things
Good leaders learn their specific
personal strengths and weaknesses,
especially in dealing with other
people, then build on the strengths
and correct the weaknesses.
Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things
The only reason I always
try to meet and know the
parents better is because
it helps me to forgive
their children.
Louis Johannot
Le Rosey School Headmaster
Anonymous: What is difficult?
Thales: To know thyself.
Thales (620-546 B.C.)
Know the enemy and know yourself, and
you can fight a hundred battles with no
danger of defeat.
(4th Century B.C.) was an ancient Chinese military
general, strategist and philosopher
When we see men of a contrary
character, we should turn inwards
and examine ourselves.
孔夫子, (traditionally 28 September 551 B.C. – 479 B.C.) Chinese
social philosopher, whose teachings deeply influenced East
Asian life and thought.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly
from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or
a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones
(1908 - 1980) was a Philadelphia reporter, public relations executive
and humorist. He wrote quips and quotes that entertained readers
of major publications for years.
Everything that irritates us about
others can lead us to an
understanding of ourselves.
Carl Jung

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