Self QuotesTo Live By

Aristotle quote: Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation. - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

These self quotes give positive advice to help boost your self esteem and self confidence.

I think that our sense of self is one of most important things in our life. If we are not happy with ourselves, then we will never be truly contented with anything or anyone else in our lives.

Many years ago, the most confident and outgoing person that I knew, told me that, they didn’t feel confident in themselves. At the time I was amazed at this, but now I realise that the majority of us feel ‘not good enough’ in some way or another.

We don’t need to be perfect – we just need to be our true selves.

The self quotes on this page are all from sources and authors surnames A and B. The other pages are: C to EF to IJ to MN to RS to T, U to Z. For positive words of wisdom about the self from unknown sources there is the Self Sayings page.

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Self Quotes:  A   

A Course In Miracles

A Course In Miracles
Do not accept this little, fenced-off aspect as yourself. The sun and ocean are as nothing beside what you are. The sun beam sparkles only in the sunlight, and the ripple dances as it rests upon the ocean. Yet in neither sun nor ocean is the power that rests in you.

A Course In Miracles

A Course In Miracles
God will never decide against you, or He would be deciding against Himself.

I am in the likeness of my Creator. I cannot suffer I cannot experience loss and I cannot die. I am not a body. Love created me like Itself.

I am not a body. I am free. for I am still as God created me. All that I do, I do unto myself. If I attack, I suffer. But if I forgive, salvation will be given me.

Nothing beyond yourself can make you fearful or loving, because nothing is beyond you.

Those who see themselves as whole make no demands.

Whenever you question your value, say: “God Himself is incomplete without me.”

A Course In Miracles

A Course In Miracles
You are entitled to miracles because of what you are. You will receive miracles because of what God is. And you will offer miracles because you are one with God.

You are the light of the world. God has built His plan for the salvation of His Son on you.

You are the Will of God because that is how you were created. Because your Creator creates only like Himself, you are like Him. You are part of Him Who is all power and glory, and are therefore as unlimited as He is.

You are the work of God, and His work is wholly lovable and wholly loving. This is how a man must think of himself in his heart, because this is what he is.

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Zack Aaronson
When you need something to believe in.. start with yourself.


I am the creator of my own reality.
I am the conjurer of my own mood.
I am the keeper of my own attitude.
I am the releaser of my own vibrational butterflies –
And law of attraction is the master facilitator to match up those frequencies –
And to deliver to me manifestational evidence, for one purpose and one purpose only… To help me in the deliberateness of my creative endeavour.

I care how I feel and it is my desire to feel good.

Light your light, and let the things that match you, come to you.

Today, no matter where I am going, no matter what I am doing, it is my dominant intent to be good to me.

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams  1767 – 1848
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.. You are a leader.


Adele  1988
I made the decision to go into becoming who I’m going to be forever, without a removal van full of my old junk.

I’m really happy to be me, and I’d like to think people like me more because I’m happy with myself and not because I refuse to conform to anything.

I’ve always written down how I feel.

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Astrid Alauda
You must weed your mind as you would weed your garden.

Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom  1958
Accept who you are… and revel in it.

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Alan Alda

Alan Alda  1936
You have to leave the city of comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.

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Eric Allen
Everyone is my teacher. Some I seek. Some I subconsciously attract. Often I learn simply by observing others. Some may be completely unaware that I’m learning from them, yet I bow deeply in gratitude.

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Mark Amend
Be strong enough to stand alone.
Be yourself enough to stand apart.
But be wise enough to stand together when the time comes.

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Mark Amend
The things you say about others, also say a lot about you.

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Henri Frederic Amiel

Henri Frederic Amiel  1821 – 1881
Learn to be what you are and learn to resign with good grace all that you are not.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou  1928 – 2014
Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.

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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou  1928 – 2014
Success is.. Liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.

When you learn.. Teach. When you get.. Give.

You may not control the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.


Aristotle  384BC – 322BC
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

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Aristotle  384BC – 322BC
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

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Aristotle  384BC – 322BC
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.

The more you know,, the more you know you don’t know.

Where your talents and the needs of the world cross.. There lies your vocation.

Angela Artemis
The intuitive mind is where our genius resides.

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Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov  1920 – 1992
All you have to do is take a close look at yourself and you will understand everyone else.

And above all things, 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 at your own reckoning.

Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.

St Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assisi  1181 – 1226
A man who uses his hands is a labourer. One who uses his hands and mind is a craftsman. But he who uses his hands, his mind and his heart is an artist.

W. H. Auden

W. H. Auden  1907 – 1973
The centre that I cannot find is known to my unconscious mind.

St Augustine

St Augustine  354 – 430
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.

Seek not abroad, turn back into thyself, for in the inner man dwells the truth.

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius  121 – 180
He who lives in harmony with himself.. lives in harmony with the Universe.

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius  121 – 180
Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than his own Soul.

St Teresa of Avila

St Teresa of Avila  1515 – 1582
Yours are the only hands with which He can do His work. Yours are the only eyes through which His compassion can shine upon a troubled world.

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Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta
Don’t compare yourself to others, but be inspired by them.

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon  1561 – 1626
Be so true to thyself, as thou be not false to others.

James Matthew Barrie

James Matthew Barrie  1860 – 1937
As soon as you can say what you think, and not what some other person has thought for you, you are on your way to being a remarkable man.

Shirley Bassey

Shirley Bassey  1937
You don’t get older, you get better.

The Beatles

The Beatles
Love is old, Love is new.
Love is all, Love is you.

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The Beatles

The Beatles
There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.

Gita Bellin

Gita Bellin
Everything I do and say with anyone, makes a difference.

Aine Belton

Aine Belton
One hug always equals two.. One for them and one for you.

Sometimes you have to close your eyes to see clearly.

Bo Bennett

Bo Bennett  1972
Every human being has the potential for greatness.

My daughters children in 2015
Bo Bennett

Bo Bennett  1972
If you are going to ask yourself life-changing questions, be sure to do something about the answers.

Never expect people to treat you any better than you treat yourself.

Success is not in what you have, but in who you are.

Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg  1948
Don’t let your habits become handcuffs.

Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman  1915 – 1982
You must train your intuition. You must trust the small voice inside which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.

Bhagavad Gita

Bhagavad Gita
For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy.

Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati  1940 – 2012
When you plant a seed of love, it is you that blooms.


The kingdom of God is within you.

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Claudia Black  1972
Saying no can be the ultimate self-care.

Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.

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Black Elk

Black-Elk  1863 – 1950
All over the sky a sacred voice is calling your name.

Let every step you take upon the Earth be as a prayer.

Ralph H. Blum

Ralph H. Blum  1932 – 2016
It is in letting go of the past that you reclaim your power. Step through the gateway now.

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury  1920
Until you spread your wings, you will have no idea how far you can fly.

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Richard Branson

Richard Branson  1950
Above all, create something you’re proud of.

Robert Brault

Robert Brault
How often in life we complete a task that was beyond the capability of the person we were when we started it.

Looking back you realize that a very special person passed briefly through your life.. And it was you. It is not too late to find that person again.

Never mind searching for what you are. Search for the person you aspire to be.

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Robert Brault

Robert Brault
Remember, loneliness is designed to help you discover who you are, and to stop looking outside for yourself.

The road to success is not a path you find, but a trail you blaze.

You can bear your troubles or shrug them off. They’re your shoulders.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Sarah Ban Breathnach
The authentic self is the Soul made visible.

Robert Bresson  1901 – 1999
Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.

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Claude M. Bristol
Undoubtedly, we become what we envisage.

Joyce Brothers

Joyce Brothers  1927 – 2013
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown
You are the sculptor of your own reality. Don’t hand your tools to anyone else.

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Les Brown

Les Brown  1945
You were created on purpose for a purpose. There is a thirst and hunger in your heart that is real. Pay attention to it. The world is waiting for you to wake up to the person you are called to be.

Your level of belief in yourself, will inevitably manifest itself, in whatever you do.

Pam Brown

Pam Brown  1948
From serenity comes gentleness, comes lasting strength.

Medicines may be necessary. Flowers lift the heart. But your smile is the best restorative of all.

Thomas Browne  1605 – 1682
Be thou what thou singly art and personate only thyself. Swim smoothly in the stream of thy nature and live but one man.

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Buddha  624BC – 543BC
Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.

Our own worst enemy cannot harm us as much as our unwise thoughts. No one can help us as much as our own compassionate thoughts.

Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds.. Shine.

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Buddhist Prayer
May I become at all times, both now and forever:
A protector for those without protection
A guide for those who have lost their way
A ship for those with oceans to cross
A bridge for those with rivers to cross
A sanctuary for those in danger
A lamp for those without light
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
And a servant to all in need.

Buddhist Prayer - May I become at all times, both now and forever: A protector for those without protection. A guide for those who have lost their way.. - Spiritual Quotes To Live Byself quote
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Michael Burke
Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett   1849 – 1924
If nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full and you can give things out of that – warm things, kind things, sweet things – help and comfort and laughter.

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William S. Burroughs
Your mind will answer most questions, if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.

Lorna Byrne

Lorna Byrne  1953
God loves us all so much that he has given each of us a little speck of himself. This speck of the Light of God is our Soul. We connect more deeply with our Soul when we open ourselves up to love.

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