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Knowing Yourself Is Enlightenment

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Both in my counseling practice and in my own life, I know that having self-confidence is the most important attribute for success--whether judged by the world's standards by your own. True happiness, I believe, comes from ease with oneself, and I've collected these quotes to assist you in your own self-ease.

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One of the greatest moments in anybody's developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is.
-- Norman Vincent Peale

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Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly -- Robert F. Kennedy

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Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face. -- Helen Keller

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You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. -- Michael Jordan

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Ring the bells that can still ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in - Leonard Cohen

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If you deliberately plan to be less that you are capable of being, then I warn you that you will be deeply unhappy for the rest of your life -- Abraham Maslow

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You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
-- the Buddha

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You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.
-- Rosalynn Carter

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The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.
-- William F. Scolavino

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Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. -- Benjamin Spock, M.D.

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The kingdom of Heaven is within you... Seek ye first the kingdom of Heaven and all things will be added unto you. -- Jesus

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Confidence is courage at ease. -- Daniel Maher

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Respect yourself if you would have others respect you. -- Baltasar Gracian

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Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality. -- Les Brown

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Self-esteem isn't everything; it's just that there's nothing without it -- Gloria Steinem

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Be content to seem what you really are

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.

both quotes -- Marcus Aurelius

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If you aren't good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you'll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren't even giving to yourself.
-- Barbara De Angelis

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To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. -- Oscar Wilde

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When you take charge of your life, there is no longer need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life.
-- Geoffrey F Abert

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Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. -- Lucille Ball

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I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. -- Walt Whitman

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Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
-- Malcolm S. Forbes

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Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent. -- Sophia Loren

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A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity. -- Robert A. Heinlein

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Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.
-- Joseph Campbell

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Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. -- E. E. Cummings

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The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others. -- Dag Hammarskjold

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Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions. -- Earl Gray Stevens

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If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started. -- Marcus Garvey

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The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going. -- Napoleon Hill

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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment. -- Lao Tzu

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