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650 Powerful Self Awareness and Leadership Quotes (2023)

1. “Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.” ~ August Wilson


2. I never make the same mistake twice. I make it like five or six times, you know, just to be sure. . . . Unknown


3. “If you want to be successful, I highly recommend learning to be happy first. It is possible to become successful without first learning to be happy, but I strongly recommend against it, because if you are unhappy before you are successful, you are likely to be even more unhappy after.”


4. “Self-awareness allows you to self-correct.” – Bill Hybels


5. We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful. - Eric Micha'el Leventhal


6.  “To know yourself, you must sacrifice the illusion that you already do. ” — Vironika Tugaleva


7. “Work is a mess” encourages us to first recognize that we can never have a completely neat relationship with our livelihood. Treating work’s messiness as if it were a mistake or liability only creates further unnecessary distress and resentment. By developing the attitude that work is a mess, we can learn to relax and be curious about the surprises and interruptions. By engaging the messiness of work directly—appreciating both the advantages and disadvantages—we become fully equipped to engage such events in all their variations.”


8. “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”. Michel de Montaigne


9. “When we accept ourselves for what we are, we decrease our hunger for power or the acceptance of others because our self-intimacy reinforces our inner sense of security.” – Brennan Manning


10. “The biggest adversary in our life is ourselves. We are what we are, in a sense, because of the dominating thoughts we allow to gather in our head. All concepts of self-improvement, all actions and paths we take, relate solely to our abstract image of ourselves. Life is limited only by how we really see ourselves and feel about our being. A great deal of pure self-knowledge and inner understanding allows us to lay an all-important foundation for the structure of our life from which we can perceive and take the right avenues.” ~ Bruce Lee


11. “Mindfulness is about finding ways to slow down and pay attention to the present moment-which improves performance and reduces stress. It’s about having the time and space to attend to what’s right in front of us, even though many other forces are trying to keep us stuck in the past or inviting us to fantasize or worry about the future. It’s about a natural quality each of us possesses, and which we can further develop in just a few minutes a day.”


12. People need to know that they have all the tools within themselves. Self-awareness, which means awareness of their body, awareness of their mental space, awareness of their relationships - not only with each other, but with life and the ecosystem. - Deepak Chopra


13. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”. James Allen


14. I know that people can be better than they are. We are capable of bearing a great burden, once we discover that the burden is reality and arrive where reality is.


15. “To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.” 


16. You can't decide not to see yourself anymore. You can't decide to turn off the noise in your head.


17. . . . . Get To Know Yourself


18. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” . . . . Aristotle


19. “Adults remain social animals; they continue to require a source of stabilization outside themselves.  That open-loop design means that in some important ways, people cannot be stable on their own — not should or shouldn’t, but can’t be … Stability means finding people who regulate you well and staying near them.”  — Thomas Lewis, M.D.


20. “When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves.” 


21. “Your mind is like a gold mine, if you dig deep you will find something golden. ” — Gift Gugu Mona


22. “At the center of your being


23. “People high in emotional intelligence are expected to progress more quickly through the abilities designated and to master more of them.” — Mayer and Salovey


24. “The mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body.” ~ George A. Sheehan


25. “There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.” 


26. “The highest levels of performance come to people who are centered, intuitive, creative, and reflective. people who know to see a problem as an opportunity.”. Deepak Chopra


27. “I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. ”


28. “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ~ Carl Jung


29. “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” — Kahlil Gibran


30. “When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” 


31. “When you get into recovery, you have to relearn a lot of perceptions, attitudes, and self-awareness if you want to stay clean. You really do change.” – Shawn Colvin


32. “A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure.” ~ Oscar Wilde


33. “A simple habit that will dramatically improve your business acumen and leadership skills is to be aware of your thinking and emotional state whenever you can remember to.  Simply pause and look back at your own mind and body instead of always looking out.”


34. “Sometimes, inaction can be much more effective than action.  Taking just a moment to pause and become objectively aware of our thoughts and emotions can dramatically improve the decision we make.”


35. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.


36. Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. - C. G. Jung


37. “Self-awareness is your awareness of the world, which you experience through the five senses (sound, touch, sight, taste, and smell). Pay attention to your sensory impressions and be aware of those five ways that the world comes to you.” ~ Deepak Chopra


38. “Mindful leadership ensures that teams and organizations have a broad awareness of what they are doing.  And for that they must learn to switch between action and reflection.  Mindfulness enables that by strengthening physical and mental resilience, increasing presences of mind to see what is really happening and taking responsibility for it.”


39. “No, I was wrong; I didn’t jump off the roof because I wanted to be like the Dauntless. I jumped off because I already was like them, and I wanted to show myself to them. I wanted to acknowledge a part of myself that Abnegation demanded that I hide.”


40. “True ownership of reality is the first step to effective relationships.”. Stephen Covey


41. “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”. Aristotle


42. “In the last decade or so, science has discovered a tremendous amount about the role emotions play in our lives.  Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine our success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships.”  — John Gottman


43. “Of all deceivers fear most yourself!” – Søren Kierkegaard


44. “The greatest journey in life is the journey of self-discovery.”. Unknown


45. “The person in life that you will always be with the most, is yourself. Because even when you are with others, you are still with yourself, too! When you wake up in the morning, you are with yourself, laying in bed at night you are with yourself, walking down the street in the sunlight you are with yourself.What kind of person do you want to walk down the street with? What kind of person do you want to wake up in the morning with? What kind of person do you want to see at the end of the day before you fall asleep? Because that person is yourself, and it's your responsibility to be that person you want to be with. I know I want to spend my life with a person who knows how to let things go, who's not full of hate, who's able to smile and be carefree. So that's who I have to be.” 


46. “Self-awareness is not just relaxation and not just meditation. It must combine relaxation with activity and dynamism. Technology can aid that.” – Deepak Chopra


47. “The truth, of course, was that it was all my own self, and my own impiety had divided me against myself. My sin was all the more incurable because I did not think myself a sinner.”


48. ”Many are slaves of themselves because of lack of self-awareness”


49. “Reflection is one of the most underused yet powerful tools for success.” . . . . Richard Carlson


50. Practice Mindfulness


51. “Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.” . . . . Barbara De Angelis


52. “I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” – Billie Jean King


53. “Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.” – G.I. Gurdjieff


54. “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion.” — Dale Carnegie


55. “Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people.” . . . . Carl Jung


56. “The present moment is actually perfect just the way it is.  It is our thinking that creates problems.  Mindful leadership allows us to be free from the prison of our thinking.”


57. “We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think, and feel.” -— Marshall B. Rosenberg


58. “To be awake at work is to engage each circumstance now, on its own vivid, fluid, and uncertain terms.”


59. “Anyone can be angry – that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not easy.” – Aristotle


60. “I am not an angel,' I asserted; 'and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Mr. Rochester, you must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me - for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.” 


61. “Apart from the pulling and hauling stands what I am, Stands amused, complacent, compassionating, idle, unitary, Looks down, is erect, or bends an arm on an impalpable certain rest, Looking with side-curved head curious what will come next, Both in and out of the game and watching and wondering at it.”


62. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.


63. “In a study of skills that distinguish star performers in every field from entry-level jobs to executive positions, the single most important factor was not IQ, advanced degrees, or technical experience, it was EQ.  Of the competencies required for excellent in performance in the job studies, 67% were emotional competencies.” — Daniel Goleman


64. There is one art of which people should be masters. . . . the art of reflection."


65. “To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.” ~ Eric Hoffer


66. “Once we are self-aware, we must choose purposes and principles to live by; otherwise the vacuum will be filled, and we will lose our self-awareness and become like groveling animals who live primarily for survival and propagation. People who exist on that level aren’t living; they are “being lived”.” ~ Stephen Covey


67. “In our personal lives, if we do not develop our own self-awareness and become responsible for first creations, we empower other people and circumstances to shape our lives by default.” – Stephen Covey


68. “Our very awareness is the window upon which reality presents itself.” ~ Frederick Lenz


69. “Regret is an odd emotion because it comes only upon reflection. Regret lacks immediacy, and so its power seldom influences events when it could do some good.” — William O’Rourke


70. “The ego is nothing but condensed unawareness. When you become aware by and by that condensed unawareness we call ‘ego’ disappears. Just as if you bring a lamp into the room – and the darkness disappears. Awareness is the lamp, the lamp we were talking about the first day. Be a lamp unto yourself.” ~ Rajneesh


71. “As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you, the first time around.” – Oprah Winfrey


72. “The biggest enemies of willpower: temptation, self-criticism, and stress. (…) these three skills —self-awareness, self-care, and remembering what matter most— are the foundation for self-control.” ~ Kelly McGonigal


73. “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.” – Gautama Buddha


74. “Don’t become too preoccupied with what is happening around you. Pay more attention to what is going on within you.” . . . Mary-Frances Winters


75. “Experience is not what happens to you — it’s how you interpret what happens to you.” —- Aldous Huxley


76. “The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. ” Lao Tzu · 2. “Let us 


77. “The journey of self-discovery is the journey of a lifetime.”. Joseph Campbell


78. “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung


79. The unexamined life is not worth living.


80. Self-awareness gives you the capacity to learn from your mistakes as well as your successes. It enables you to keep growing. - Lawrence Bossidy


81. “A workplace that encourages self-awareness is an environment where the most productive, curious, and innovative people thrive.” – Neil Blumenthal


82. “There is no separation of mind and emotions; emotions, thinking, and learning are all linked.”— Eric Jensen


83. By becoming self-aware, you gain ownership of reality; in becoming real, you become the master of both inner and outer life. - Deepak Chopra


84. “But you can't get away from yourself. You can't decide not to see yourself anymore. You can't decide to turn off the noise in your head.” 


85. “She said, ‘There’s nothing wrong with not understanding yourself.’ ”


86. “When we try to influence our world without first appreciating it, we end up in a lighthouse on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean ‘not seeing things as they are’ but as the way we want them to be…”


87. “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.” – Brene Brown


88. Self-awareness is the ability to take an honest look at your life without any attachment to it being right or wrong, good or bad. - Debbie Ford


89. “Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us out in marching onward.” — Henry Ford


90. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”. Eden Ahbez


91. “And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?” – Rumi


92. “The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” 


93. It is when you lose sight of yourself, that you lose your way. To keep your truth in sight you must keep yourself in sight and the world to you should be a mirror to reflect to you your image; the world should be a mirror that you reflect upon. - C. JoyBell C


94. “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else: you are the one who gets burned.” — Buddha


95. “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” ~ Socrates


96. “With self-awareness you grow more intelligent. In awareness you learn, in self-awareness you learn about yourself. Of course, you can only learn what you are not. To know what you are, you must go beyond the mind. Awareness is the point at which the mind reaches out beyond itself into reality. In awareness you seek not what pleases, but what is true.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


97. “Humility is not about having a low self-image or poor self-esteem. Humility is about self-awareness.” – Erwin Raphael McManus


98. Become a Better Listener, and Ask for Feedback 


99. “The reality is that there is no solution to work’s inherent chaos and messiness. Work by its very nature will always be uncertain. The good news is that work’s messiness and uncertainty need not be distressing. They may, in fact, be just what we are looking for.”


100. “The impact of our leadership – and indeed the quality of our lives – ultimately comes down to the answer to one question: How well do you love?  In other words, How well do you understand and work to meet the legitimate needs of your team members and other stakeholders?”


101. “Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values.” — Joshua L. Liebman


102. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”. Oprah Winfrey


103. “Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will, and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” ~ Stephen Covey


104. Being spontaneous is being able to respond with confidence; calmly trusting that, whatever the outcome, you will have a positive if challenging experience that will lead to greater self-awareness and success. - Sylvia Clare


105. “True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” ~ Socrates


106. “I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” ~ Billie Jean King


107. “Self-awareness is NOT just a bunch of amino acids bumping together.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein


108. “Setting a goal and pursuing it without attachment to the outcome is essential for being a highly-effective leader.”


109. “The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown.”. Carl Jung


110. “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” – Michel de Montaigne


111. “The mind is a dynamic process that involves the entire body and is constantly changing. By being self-aware, you can change your brain and change your life.”. Deepak Chopra


112. “I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” ~ Plato


113. “Mindful leadership will help the new generation of authentic leaders to restore trust in their leadership and to build sustainable organizations known for their harmony. Its ultimate goal is to create a more harmonious and peaceful world for all to live in.”


114. As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you, the first time around. - Oprah Winfrey


115. “I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.”. Billie Jean King


116. “Self-reflection is a never-ending process. It requires humility, acceptance, and a willingness to learn.”. Unknown


117. “Mindfulness is a state of being fully present, aware of oneself and other people, and sensitive to one’s reactions to stressful situations. Leaders who are mindful tend to be more effective in understanding and relating to others, and motivating them toward shared goals. Hence, they become more effective in leadership roles.” 


118. “The most important conversations you’ll ever have are the ones you’ll have with yourself. ” — David Goggins


119. “The only way to be a free human being is to know yourself.”. Unknown


120. “Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.” — Roger Ebert


121. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”. Marianne Williamson


122. “The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.” – Thales


123. “Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again.” — Og Mandino


124. “The journey of self-discovery is a beautiful thing.”. Unknown


125. The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.


126. “The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.” ~ Eckhart Tolle


127.     “The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance. ” - Viktor E. Frankl


128. “Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend.” ~ Jeremy Taylor


129.     “Being a self-leader is to serve as chief, captain, president, or CEO of one’s own life” - Drucker


130. “Self-awareness is the most important leadership skill we can develop.  It is essential for knowing strengths and weaknesses, for extraordinary business acumen, and for high levels of emotional intelligence.”  


131. “Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away. ”


132. “I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.” 


133. “At the center of your being, you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” – Lao Tzu


134. Our self-image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become.


135. “The kind of perspective that brings focus and clarity comes from space. And while we may not always have a choice about clearing our calendars, we can make the choice to clear our minds of the habitual momentum that blocks creativity and compassion.”


136. “Pressure is a privilege. It only comes to those who earn it.”. Billie Jean King


137. “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” 


138. “Maybe you’re just too pretty yourself to be able to see it elsewhere.”


139. “Change happens in the boiler room of our emotions — so find out how to light their fires.” — Jeff Dewar


140. “Education is the fire-proofer of emotions.” — Dr. Frank Crane


141. “The emotionally intelligent person is skilled in four areas: identifying emotions, using emotions, understanding emotions, and regulating emotions.” — John Mayer and Peter Salovey


142. “The more reflective you are, the more effective you are.” . . . . Hall and Simeral


143. “There is no work-life balance. We have one life. What’s most important is that you be awake for it.”


144. “Experiencing one’s self in a conscious manner–that is, gaining self-knowledge–is an integral part of learning.” — Joshua M. Freedman


145. “A strong person knows their own limitations and uses them to grow.”. Unknown


146. “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.”. Elisabeth Foley


147. “You have to know that your real home is within.” ~ Quincy Jones


148. “It takes courage...to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.” 


149. “The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end.”. Jiddu Krishnamurti


150. “Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. ”


151. We have self-centered minds which get us into plenty of trouble. If we do not come to understand the error in the way we think, our self-awareness, which is our greatest blessing, is also our downfall. - Joko Beck


152. Self-awareness is not just relaxation and not just meditation. It must combine relaxation with activity and dynamism. Technology can aid that. - Deepak Chopra


153. “Compare less. Reflect more.” . . . Unknown


154. As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around.


155. “Look outside and you will see yourself. Look inside and you will find yourself.” — Drew Gerald


156. I am who I am; no more, no less. - Terry Goodkind


157. “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Gustav Jung


158. “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.”. William James


159. “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” 


160. “Self-awareness gives you the capacity to learn from your mistakes as well as your successes. It enables you to keep growing.”


161.     “All human beings are self-leaders; however, not all self-leaders are effective at self-leading” - Manz


162. I think. . . you still have no idea. The effect you can have. - Suzanne Collins


163. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”. Oscar Wilde


164. “Isolated people have vastly increased rate of premature death from all causes and are 3-5x likelier to die early than people with strong social ties.”  — Dean Ornish


165. “No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.”. Virginia Woolf


166. “Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.” — Vincent Van Gogh


167. “Substance abusers’ key deficits turned out to be problem solving, social responsibility, and stress tolerance. Spousal abusers primarily lacked empathy and had poor impulse control and an inflated self-regard.”  — US Air Force


168. “75% of careers are derailed for reasons related to emotional competencies, including inability to handle interpersonal problems; unsatisfactory team leadership during times of difficulty or conflict; or inability to adapt to change or elicit trust.”  — The Center for Creative Leadership


169. “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” — Carl Jung ... To be self-aware is to note what you have and don' ...


170. “Until you take the journey of self-reflection, it is almost impossible to grow or learn in life.”


171. “Authentic leaders are genuine in their intentions and understand the purpose of their leadership is serving their customers, employees and investors, not their self-interest.”


172. “Good leaders build products. Great leaders build cultures. Good leaders deliver results. Great leaders develop people. Good leaders have vision. Great leaders have values. Good leaders are role models at work. Great leaders are role models in life."


173. “To say "I love you" one must know first how to say the "I".” 


174. “Self-awareness allows you to self-correct.” ~ Bill Hybels


175. “We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us — -how we can take it, what we do with it —- and that is what really counts in the end.” —- Joseph Fort Newton


176. “Adversity introduces a man to himself.” ~ Albert Einstein


177. “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” ~ Laozi


178. “Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?” 


179. You need to remember that. If you’re to have decent lives, you have to know who you are and what lies ahead of you, every one of you. - Kazuo Ishiguro


180. “You don’t get any medal for trying something, you get medals for results."


181. “Tori was the only one in the tattoo place, so I felt safe getting the symbol of Abnegation—a pair of hands, palms up as if to help someone stand, bounded by a circle—on my right shoulder. I know it was a risk, especially after all that’s happened. But that symbol is a part of my identity, and it felt important to me that I wear it on my skin.”


182. “He was trying to convince himself that he wasn’t guilty.”


183. “We must each lead a way of life with self-awareness and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, whatever happens, we will have no regrets.” – Dalai Lama


184. “Self-centered minds are blind to the greater journey of life.”. Unknown


185. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”. Ralph Waldo Emerson


186. “The unexamined life is not worth living.”. Socrates


187. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.”. Billie Jean King


188. “The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect ...


189. “Great leaders develop through a never-ending process of self-study, self-reflection, education, training, and experience.” . . . . Tony Buon


190. “The ultimate human freedom is the ability to choose your own thoughts.”. Unknown


191. “If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” – Daniel Goleman


192. “The worse a person is the less he feels it.” ~ Seneca the Younger


193. “The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates


194. “There are emotions which are biologically oriented and then there are complex emotions which are saturated with thoughts and cognition.” — Jack Mayer


195. “One who cannot listen long and patiently will presently be talking beside the point and be never really speaking to others, albeit he be not conscious of it.”


196. “Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it’s not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way.” She touches my uninjured shoulder and smiles. “But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can’t be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can’t be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.”


197. “In the context of the work environment, emotional intelligence enables three important skill sets: stellar work performance, outstanding leadership, and the ability to create the conditions for happiness.”


198. “Mindful leadership keeps you cool and energetic in any situation, so that you can make the best possible decisions.” 


199. Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize? - Marcus Aurelius


200. “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung


201. “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” 


202. “An unintended conversation with a team member should not be viewed as an obstacle to ‘getting back to work.’  That conversation is the most important work of a leader!  By being fully present, mindful leaders take these opportunities to ask questions, learn more about a team member, build trust, and learn about ways to improve the business that only that person might see.”


203. “The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs.”. James Allen


204. “What really matters for success, character, happiness and life long achievements is a definite set of emotional skills – your EQ — not just purely cognitive abilities that are measured by conventional IQ tests.”  — Daniel Goleman


205. The most important conversations you’ll ever have are the ones you’ll have with yourself.


206. “One of the goals of a spiritual practice is self-awareness, and one of the best tools of self-awareness is simple emotional vulnerability.” ~ Moby , Self awareness quotes emotional


207. “To increase your effectiveness, make your emotions subordinate to your commitments.” — Brian Koslow


208. “When we become aware that we do not have to escape our pains, but that we can mobilize them into a common search for life, those very pains are transformed from expressions of despair into signs of hope.”


209. “This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.” ~ Saint Augustine


210.     “Excellence" is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act ‘rightly’ because we are ‘excellent’, in fact, we achieve ‘excellence; by acting ‘rightly’. ” - Plato


211. “The only way to deal with fear is to face it head-on.”. Zig Ziglar


212. “Never react emotionally to criticism. Analyze yourself to determine whether it is justified. If it is, correct yourself. Otherwise, go on about your business.” — Norman Vincent Peale


213. “Strong people have a strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness; they don’t need the approval of others.” – Roy T. Bennett


214. “The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.” – Ursula K. Le Guin


215. The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying-glass available. - Theodor W. Adorno


216. “Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.” 


217. “To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.”. Bruce Lee


218. “Humility is not about having a low self-image or poor self-esteem. Humility is about self-awareness. ”


219. “The journey of self-reflection is a long one, but it is worth taking.”. Unknown


220. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”. Mark Twain


221. “The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will’. Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.”. Charles Dickens


222. “Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions.” — David Borenstein


223. “I think in the coming decade we will see well-conducted research demonstrating that emotional skills and competencies predict positive outcomes at home with one’s family, in school, and at work. The real challenge is to show that emotional intelligence matters over-and-above psychological constructs that have been measured for decades like personality and IQ. I believe that emotional intelligence holds this promise.” — Peter Salovey


224. “The journey of self-reflection is a curious paradox. We must go deep within ourselves to truly understand the world around us.”. Unknown


225. “When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an individual.”


226. “Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” – Ann Landers


227. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”. Eleanor Roosevelt


228. Honest self reflection opens your mind to reprogramming, change, success and freedom. . . . . Vikas Runwal


229. Spend Time With Yourself 


230.     “It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you came from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always. ” - Oprah Winfrey


231. “The surest way to lose sight of who you are is to constantly compare yourself to others.” ~ Tom Krause


232. “To be aware of your own limitations and still strive to exceed them is the mark of a successful person.”. Unknown


233. By now he had learned enough to know that when he was getting annoyed at somebody else, it was usually because there was something that he himself should be doing, and he wasn't doing it. - Lev Grossman


234. “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” — Paul Boese


235. “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” 


236. “Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them - without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune in to what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.”


237. “What a teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.”. . . . Karl Menninger


238. “If an emotion can’t change the condition or the situation you’re dealing with, it is likely an unhelpful emotion. Or, quite possibly, a destructive one. But it’s what I feel. Right, no one said anything about not feeling it.”


239. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” 


240. “You should wear what you want to wear and not worry about trying to paint yourself in a certain image because that self-awareness is what's going to help you become a more independent and more interesting and healthier adult.” – Alexandra Robbins


241. “Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.”. André Malraux


242. “One of the key elements for self-leadership is responsibility. If you can take responsibility, you can take action. If you take action, you get results”. . . Me 😊


243. “The only real power we have is the power of our own thoughts.”. Marianne Williamson


244. “Whereas the average individuals “often have not the slightest idea of what they are, of what they want, of what their own opinions are,” self-actualizing individuals have “superior awareness of their own impulses, desires, opinions, and subjective reactions in general.”” ~ Abraham Maslow


245. My friend...care for your psyche...know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves


246. “We define emotional intelligence as the subset of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions.” — Salovey and Mayer 


247. “I am no bird, and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Charlotte Brontë


248. “Spiritual growth is not a religious concept but a personal one.”. Marianne Williamson


249.  “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. - Eleanor Roosevelt


250. “Any person capable of angering you becomes your master.” —- Epictetus


251. “True self-awareness begins with an honest look at oneself.”. Unknown


252. “The degree of one’s emotions varies inversely with one’s knowledge of the facts.” — Bertrand Russell


253. Time spent in self-reflection is never wasted. . . . it is an intimate date with yourself. 


254. “The first draft of anything is shit.”. Ernest Hemingway


255. “We have self-centered minds which get us into plenty of trouble. If we do not come to understand the error in the way we think, our self-awareness, which is our greatest blessing, is also our downfall.” – Joko Beck


256. “To take your team culture to the next level, consider making the personal and professional development of team members a higher priority than quarterly profits.  Counter intuitively, this shift tends to result in dramatically improved numbers over the long term.”


257. “Emotions have taught mankind to reason.” – Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues


258. “A traveler I am, and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul.”


259. “We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy's fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure--your perfection--is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the buy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.” 


260. “Be not disturbed at being misunderstood; be disturbed rather at not being understanding.” — Chinese proverb


261. You've always been what you are. That's not new. What you'll get used to is knowing it. - Cassandra Clare


262. “When awareness is brought to an emotion, power is brought to your life.” – Tara Meyer Robson


263. “Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance. ”


264. “We are all patchwork, and so shapeless and diverse in composition that each bit, is to be esteemed.”. Michel de Montaigne


265. I visualize where I wanted to be, what kind of player I wanted to become. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and I focused on getting there.


266. “It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.” ~ Sydney J. Harris


267. I don't fit into any stereotypes. And I like myself that way. - C. JoyBell C


268. “Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.” —- Benjamin Franklin


269. “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born."


270. “The more you know yourself, the more you realize how much you don’t know.”. Aristotle


271. “Self-awareness gives you the capacity to learn from your mistakes as well as your successes. It enables you to keep growing.” –  Lawrence Bossidy


272. “The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, personal and family history, belief systems, and often nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications.”. Eckhart Tolle


273. Without self-awareness we are as babies in the cradles. - Virginia Woolf


274. “The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.”. Marcus Aurelius


275. “Fear is the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind.” — H. P. Lovecraft


276. “I think that we are like stars. Something happens to burst us open; but when we burst open and think we are dying; we’re actually turning into a supernova. And then when we look at ourselves again, we see that we’re suddenly more beautiful than we ever were before!” 


277. “Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. ”


278. “Many leadership problems are driven by low self-awareness.” ~ Bill Hybels


279. Strong people have a strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness; they don’t need the approval of others. - Roy T. Bennett


280. “Self-awareness is the most important leadership skill we can develop. It is essential for knowing strengths and weaknesses, for extraordinary business acumen, ...


281. “He who would teach men to die would at the same time teach them to live.”. Michel de Montaigne


282.  "All are architects of fate" - Henry W. Longfellow


283. “The woman who is truly self-aware knows that her self is a light from beyond this world, a spiritual essence that has nothing to do with the physical world.”


284. “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”. Carl Rogers


285. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that count."


286. “When you listen with empathy to another person, you give that person psychological air.”  — Stephen R. Covey 


287. It isn't normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement. - Abraham Harold Maslow


288. I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.


289. “People need to know that they have all the tools within themselves. Self-awareness, which means awareness of their body, awareness of their mental space, awareness of their relationships – not only with each other, but with life and the ecosystem.” – Deepak Chopra


290. “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.” ~ Walt Whitman


291. “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”. Ernest Hemingway


292. “It seems to me it would do us all good to act from our heart more often. We’ll be surprised how small acts of attention and kindness can release the energy, enthusiasm, and imagination bottled up in our [over-stressed] minds and bodies.”


293. “When mindfulness is fully integrated into leadership, exponential progress can be made.”


294. “The primary job of a leader is to serve, empower, and inspire greatness in others.”


295. “Emotional Intelligence is a way of recognizing, understanding, and choosing how we think, feel, and act. It shapes our interactions with others and our understanding of ourselves. It defines how and what we learn; it allows us to set priorities; it determines the majority of our daily actions. Research suggests it is responsible for as much as 80% of the “success” in our lives.” — J. Freedman


296. You need to step away from the mirror every once in a while, and look for another reflection, like the one in the eyes of the people who love you and admire you.


297. “There are certain emotions that will kill your drive; frustration and confusion.  You can change these to a positive force.  Frustration means you are on the verge of a breakthrough.  Confusion can mean you are about to learn something.  Expect the breakthrough and expect to learn.”  — Kathleen Spike, Master Certified Coach


298. “We’re involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don’t get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying: Is that all? Is that all I want? Is something missing?”


299. “All learning has an emotional base.” – Plato


300. “The essential difference between emotion and reason is that emotion leads to action while reason leads to conclusions.” — Donald Calne


301. “Your soul needs time for solitude and self-reflection. In order to love lead, heal and create you must nourish yourself first.” . . . Linda Joy


302. “Self-awareness is a key to self-mastery” ~ Gretchen Rubin


303. “Just imagine you’re four years old, and someone makes the following proposal: If you’ll wait until after he runs an errand, you can have two marshmallows for a treat. If you can’t wait until then, you can have only one–but you can have it right now. It is a challenge sure to try the soul of any four-year-old, a microcosm of the eternal battle between impulse and restraint, id and ego, desire and self-control, gratification and delay… There is perhaps no psychological skill more fundamental than resisting impulse. It is the root of all emotional self-control, since all emotions, by their very nature, led to one or another impulse to act.” —  Daniel Goleman


304. “Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.” 


305. “I have been trying to make the reader believe that we actually are, at present, creatures whose character must be, in some respects, a horror to God, as it is, when we really see it, a horror to ourselves. This I believe to be a fact: and I notice that the holier a man is, the more fully he is aware of that fact”


306. “What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.” – Helen Keller


307. “Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”


308. “No matter what happens, always be yourself.”


309. “A simple mantra for inspiring, effective, mindful leadership: Cultivate peace of mind and go about doing good.” 


310. “The final mystery is oneself.” – Oscar Wilde


311. “Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance.”


312. “Our self-image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become.” . . . . Maxwell Martz


313. “The little self-reflection we allow ourselves is often painful, but always worthwhile.”. Unknown


314. “You’ve always been what you are. That’s not new. What you’ll get used to is knowing it.” – Cassandra Clare


315. “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”. Dolly Parton


316. “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”


317. · “You don't get any medal for trying something, you get ...


318. “Emotions are the glue that holds the cells of the organism together.” — Candace Pert


319. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”. Unknown


320. “The mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body.”. George Sheehan


321. “Honest self-understanding liberates us from our stuck emotions.” . . . . C Terry Warner


322. “I step to the side so I stand in front of the mirror. I see muscles that I couldn’t see before in my arms, legs, and stomach. I pinch my side, where a layer of fat used to hint at curves to come. Nothing. Dauntless initiation has stolen whatever softness my body had. Is that good, or bad?”


323. Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.


324. “Strong people have a strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness; they don’t need the approval of others.” 


325. “To know yourself, you must sacrifice the illusion that you already do.” – Vironika Tugaleva


326. “When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” – Ralph Ellison


327. ” ~ Anthony de Mello · “A person who knows 


328. “Find out who you are and do it on purpose. ”


329. If it is bread that you seek, you will have bread. If it is the soul you seek, you will find the soul. If you understand this secret, you know you are that which you seek. - Rumi


330. “If you stick your head in the sand and ignore things that you have the power to change, you can’t blame anyone when they don’t turn out right!”


331. When we accept ourselves for what we are, we decrease our hunger for power or the acceptance of others because our self-intimacy reinforces our inner sense of security.


332. “If we lack emotional intelligence, whenever stress rises the human brain switches to autopilot and has an inherent tendency to do more of the same, only harder.  Which, more often than not, is precisely the wrong approach in today’s world.” — Robert K. Cooper


333. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~ Rumi


334. “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. ”


335. Only you can take inner freedom away from yourself, or give it to yourself. Nobody else can. - Michael A. Singer


336. “Write it on your heart you are the most beautiful soul of the Universe. Realize it, honor it and celebrate the life.” – Amit Ray


337. “The more you know yourself, the less you fear failure.”. Ray Dalio


338. “I don’t fit into any stereotypes. And I like myself that way. ”


339. “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”. Virginia Woolf


340. “The eyes have one language everywhere.”  — George Herbert


341. Indecision may or may not be my problem. - Jimmy Buffett


342. “Self-awareness is only powerful when knowledge is understood and applied, only then can it manifest into true wisdom!” – Martin R. Lemieux


343. “The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.” 


344. “The journey of true success and lasting leaderships begins with the inward journey to the soul.” ~ James Arthur Ray , Self awareness quotes leadership


345. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”. Ralph Waldo Emerson


346. “Emotional intelligence is the ability to sense, understand, and effectively apply the power and acumen of emotions as a source of human energy, information, connection, and influence.”  — Robert K. Cooper. Ph.D.


347. “Spiritual growth requires the development of inner knowing and inner authority. It requires the heart, not the intellect.” . . . Gary Zukav


348. · Self-awareness is the ability to recognize who you are, how you 


349. “When a mindful leader is walking, she knows she is walking.  When she is thinking, she knows she is thinking.  This doesn’t sound so special.  However, the ability to do this on demand, consistently, and during demanding situations is the difference between average and extraordinary performance.”


350. “Maybe my problem isn’t that I can’t go home. I will miss my mother and father and Caleb and evening firelight and the clack of my mother’s knitting needles, but that is not the only reason for this hollow feeling in my stomach. My problem might be that even if I did go home, I wouldn’t belong there, among people who give without thinking and care without trying.”


351. “No amount of self-improvement can make up for any lack of self-acceptance. ”


352. “The way to live life is to let life live through you.”. Jiddu Krishnamurti


353. “Success comes from the inside out. In order to change what is on the outside, you must first change what is on the inside.” – Idowu Koyenikan


354. “As my awareness increases, my control over my own being increases.” – William Schutz


355. · Your mind is like a gold mine, if you dig deep you will find something 


356. “Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be. ”


357. “Self-awareness gives you the capacity to learn from your mistakes as well as your successes. It enables you to keep growing.” – Lawrence Bossidy


358. Steve Jobs · when you embrace your 


359. When I discover who I am, I'll be free.


360. “The greatest self-awareness comes from being aware of one’s own shadows.”. Unknown


361. Self-awareness is one of the rarest of human commodities. I don't mean self-consciousness where you're limiting and evaluating yourself. I mean being aware of your own patterns. - Tony Robbins


362. “Human freedom involves our capacity to pause between the stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight. The capacity to create ourselves, based upon this freedom, is inseparable from consciousness or self-awareness. (p. 100)” ~ Rollo May


363. “Mindful leadership entails being aware of one’s internal compass.  It enables a leader to respond to a situation as it arises, to respond to the reality of constant changes from a place of deep calm and focus, and to have the presence of mind to face the reality of any situation.”


364. “ Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” - Aristotle.


365. It's disturbing when someone has no self-awareness. - Mike White


366. “Maybe I’m not so different from everyone else after all.”


367. “You’ve always been what you are. That’s not new. What you’ll get used to is knowing it. ”


368. “What self-acceptance does is open up more possibilities of succeeding because you aren’t fighting yourself along the way. ”


369. “Cherish your own emotions and never undervalue them.” — Robert Henri


370. “You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” – Ernest Hemingway


371. “How we drink coffee and walk to the bathroom has an impact on the mind and how we lead.  Please don’t overlook these moments.”


372. “Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance.” ~ Anthony de Mello


373. “The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.” ~ Thales


374. John Quincy Adams. A leader is a dealer in 


375. “And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?” ~ Rumi


376. Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. · 2


377. “People in good moods are better at inductive reasoning and creative problem solving.” — Salovey, Mayer, Goldman, Turvey, and Palfai


378. “He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly."


379. “But the man who is not afraid to admit everything that he sees to be wrong with himself, and yet recognizes that he may be the object of God’s love precisely because of his shortcomings, can begin to be sincere. His sincerity is based on confidence, not in his own illusions about himself, but in the endless, unfailing mercy of God.”


380. “Self-awareness is the ability to take an honest look at your life without any attachment to it being right or wrong, good or bad.”


381. “The essence of bravery is being without self-deception.” 


382.  “When the leadership job is finished, the people will say, “we did it ourselves” - Lao Tsu


383. “Every answer can be followed by another question. ” — Thomas Lloyd Qualls


384. Just take this as a warning. Know that there's always a price for not being yourself. - Benilde Little


385. “Authentic leaders never let their organizations lose sight of a shared sense of purpose and common values.”


386. “The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move. . . . Nobody’d be different. The only thing that would be different would be you.”


387. “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”


388. “The mind is a reflection of the world. Understanding the mind is the key to understanding the world.”. Amit Ray


389. “Self-reflection is a humbling process. It’s essential to find out why you think, say, and do certain things…. then better yourself.” . . Sonya Teclai


390. “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” . . . . Pat Riley


391. “We must each lead a way of life with self-awareness and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, whatever happens, we will have no regrets.” ~ Dalai Lama


392. “I am hope.”


393. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”. Marcus Aurelius


394. “Self-awareness gives you the capacity to learn from your mistakes as well as your successes. It enables you to keep growing.” ~ Lawrence Bossidy


395. “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”. Oscar Wilde


396. “He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious."


397. “Use pain as a stepping stone, not a camp ground.” —- Alan Cohen


398. “Mastery is great, but even that is not enough. You have to be able to change course without a bead of sweat, or remorse."


399. “A leader must first open – step beyond the boundaries of what is familiar and routine and directly touch the very people and environment he or she intends to inspire.  Leading others requires that we first open to the world around us.”


400. “Our journey to develop the qualities of mindful leadership calls us to be present in this moment, to be ‘still in the midst of activity’. Or, more accurately in today’s world, in the midst of the chaos that often typifies our lives. As we begin to cultivate a practice to develop the qualities of mindful leadership, we begin to recognize the folly of believing that if we could just move faster, we would eventually catch up.”


401. “To know yourself, you must sacrifice the illusion that you already do. ”


402. “Never forget to remain a student while you teach others.” . . . . Jerry Cortsen


403. “Comparing the three domains, I found that for jobs of all kinds, emotional competencies were twice as prevalent among distinguishing competencies as were technical skills and purely cognitive abilities combined. In general the higher a position in an organization, the more EI mattered: for individuals in leadership positions, 85 percent of their competencies were in the EI domain.”  — Daniel Goleman


404. “I’m slowly learning how to straddle the tension that comes with understanding that I am tough and tender, brave and afraid, strong and struggling - all of these things, all of the time. I’m working on letting go of having to be one or the other and embracing the wholeness of wholeheartedness. The roles in my life - partner, mother, teacher, researcher, leader, entrepreneur - all require me to bring my whole self to the table. We can’t be ‘all in’ if only parts of us show up. If we’re not living, loving, parenting, or leading with our whole, integrated hearts, where doing it halfheartedly.”


405. “Self-control is strength; right thought is mastery; calmness is power.”. James Allen


406. “Great leaders develop through a never-ending process of self-study, self-reflection, education, training, and experience. ”


407. “Remember this also: it’s always easy to look back and see what we were, yesterday, ten years ago. It is hard to see what we are. If you can master that trick, you’ll get along.”


408. “I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”


409. “Great leaders develop through a never-ending process of self-study, self-reflection, education, training, and experience.”


410. “To own your own shadow is to understand who you are.”. Robert Johnson


411. “To be aware of one’s limitations is the first step to growth.”. Unknown


412. “You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things, that is of the not-Self. If one gives up being aware of them then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the Self.” ~ Ramana Maharshi


413. “Emotions are a critical source of information for learning.” — Joseph LeDoux


414. “What self-acceptance does is open up more possibilities of succeeding because you aren’t fighting yourself along the way.” – Shannon Ables


415. “We must accept responsibility for a problem before we can solve it. We cannot solve a problem by saying ‘It’s not my problem.’ We cannot solve a problem by hoping that someone else will solve it for us. I can solve a problem only when I say ‘ This is my problem and it’s up to me to solve it.’ ”


416. “ The first and best victory is to conquer self” - Plato.


417.  “Character is simply habit long continued. ” - Plato


418. We have self-centered minds which get us into plenty of trouble. If we do not come to understand the error in the way we think, our self-awareness, which is our greatest blessing, is also our downfall.


419. “Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance.”– Anthony de Mello


420. “To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.” ~ Bruce Lee


421. “The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason.” — Marya Mannes


422. “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” — Robert Frost


423. “A merry heart doeth good like medicine.”  — Proverbs 17:22


424. You are your master. Only you have the master keys to open the inner locks. - Amit Ray


425. “When you make people angry, they act in accordance with their baser instincts, often violently and irrationally. When you inspire people, they act in accordance with their higher instincts, sensibly and rationally. Also, anger is transient, whereas inspiration sometimes has a life-long effect.” — Peace Pilgrim 


426. “The nervous system and hormone responses of hostile people are a pathway to disease and death.”  — Redford Williams, M.D 


427. “It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide our decision.” — Barbara Jordan


428. “True leadership begins with self-awareness.”. Bill George


429. “Extraordinary leadership presence essentially comes down to two elements, fearlessness and love.  When fear doesn’t control us, we inspire confidence in team members.  When we love team members well, they go above and beyond the call of duty not because they have to, but because they want to.”


430. “To know yourself you need not go to any book, to any priest, to any psychologist. The whole treasure is within yourself.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti


431. “Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave. ”


432. “The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of the earth and the galaxy of the stars, but that in this prison we can fashion images of ourselves sufficiently powerful to deny our nothingness.”. André Malraux


433. “Logic will not change an emotion, but action will.” – Anonymous


434. “It does not matter how strong and well prepared you are if you have no direction. ” — Yulia Peralta


435. “Mindful leadership aims to develop self-aware and compassionate leaders…”


436. “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes."


437. “Self-awareness gives you the capacity to learn from your mistakes as well as your successes. It enables you to keep growing. ”


438. “The most important thing in life is a strong sense of self-worth.”. Unknown


439. “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” —- Khalil Gibran 


440. “Quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to understand … prejudice, fear and ignorance walk hand-in-hand.” — Peart


441. “I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.” 


442. “You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” – Ernest Hemingway


443. “Self-reflection is necessary to dig beneath our own layers and visit the inner crevices of our heart and mind to develop an understanding of life.” . . . . Unknown


444. “Every answer can be followed by another question. ”


445. “Emotion turning back on itself, and not leading on to thought or action, is the element of madness.” — John Sterling


446. “ Mastering others is strength; mastering oneself is true power” - Lao Tsu.


447. “I am rooted, but I flow.”. Virginia Woolf


448. “To be most productive, we should do less, not more.  Doing less helps us be clearer on what’s important and do those things well.”


449. “The greatest gift you can give yourself is the ownership of your own reality.”. Unknown


450. “Mortality is a totally different state of being. You become more aware of time. I was absolutely content as a naiad. I lived in an unchanging state for what must have been many millennia, never thinking of the future or the past, always looking for amusement, always finding it. Almost no self-awareness.”


451. “The reality that everything is constantly changing provokes and tickles our attention because we never really know what’s going to happen next. We are awake at work precisely because everything is in question.”


452. “I don’t recall having any self-awareness about the intricacy of my stories.” ~ A. E. van Vogt


453. “Quiet reflection is often the mother of deep understanding. Maintain that peaceful nursery, enabling stillness to speak.” . . . Tom Althouse


454. “Emotions are enmeshed in the neural networks of reason.” — Antonio Dumasio


455.  “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself; do not look for a successful personality and duplicate it. ” - Bruce Lee


456. “Every time we allow someone to move us with anger, we teach them to be angry.”  — Barry Neil Kaufman


457. “We sat still and we held our breath. For our face and our body were beautiful. Our face was not like the faces of our brothers, for we felt no pity when looking upon it. Our body was not like the bodies of our brothers, for our limbs were straight and thin and hard and strong. And we thought that we could trust this being who looked upon us from the stream, and that we had nothing to fear with this being.”


458. “The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and influence their actions.” — John Hancock


459. “The mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body.” – George Sheehan


460. “The greater journey in life is to own your own reality.”. Unknown


461. “Mindful leaders know how to repeat success patterns and overcome failure patterns.”


462. “Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better.” ~ Bruce Lee


463. “The greatest thing in life is not what you do, but who you are becoming.”. Unknown


464. “Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other – it doesn’t matter who it is – and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.” — Mother Teresa


465. “Before, I never knew how far I would go. Now I believe I have the answer. I will go as far as there is to go. I will go way too far.”


466. I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion. - Billie Jean King


467. “For news of the heart, ask the face.” — West African saying


468. “Real moments of solitude are essential for greater self-awareness.”. Unknown


469. A degree of self-awareness is extremely valuable. . . I hope I have that going forward. - Nick McDonell


470. “Honest self-understanding liberates us from our stuck emotions.” – C. Terry Warner


471. “The 8 Equities: Physical, Spiritual, Psychological, Intellectual, Emotional, Financial, Social and Family.” — Michael Vance


472. “Emotional competence is the single most important personal quality that each of us must develop and access to experience a breakthrough.  Only through managing our emotions can we access our intellect and our technical competence. An emotionally competent person performs better under pressure.”  –Dave Lennick, Executive VP, American Express Financial Advisers


473. “To know others is wisdom; to know yourself is enlightenment.”. Lao Tzu


474. “Being on a spiritual path does not prevent you from facing times of darkness. But it teaches you how to use the darkness as a tool to grow.” . . . Sadhak Anshit


475. “Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” ~ Margaret Thatcher


476. “It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,” 


477. “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” — Kahlil Gibran


478. “The final mystery is oneself.” ~ Oscar Wilde


479. Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got. - Janis Joplin


480. “The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.”. Michel de Montaigne


481. A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.


482. “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.” ~ Gautama Buddha


483. “You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!” – John Lennon


484. “There is the experience of enlightenment, to be very aware of what lies beyond the boundaries of cognitive perception, reflection and self-awareness as seen by the personality. ”


485. “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”. Carl Jung


486. “Understanding comes about through feeling, from moment to moment in the mirror of relationship.” ~ Bruce Lee


487. “The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.” — Edmund Burke


488. “The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates


489. “For mindful leaders, cultivating such organizational health requires first and foremost a mastery of organizational conduct—a fluency in nine basic competencies: Eliminate toxicity. Appreciate health. Build trust. Send clear messages. Embrace resistance. Understand blindness. Accept invitations. Heal wounds. Be realistic.”


490. “You are your master. Only you have the master keys to open the inner locks.” – Amit Ray


491. “Seeing within changes one’s outer vision.” ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce


492. “It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.” – Sydney J. Harris


493. “Reflection… Looking back so the view looking forward is clearer.” . . . . Unknown


494. “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” 


495. “That’s the thing I hated most about Gatlin. The way everyone had something to say about everything you said or did or, in this case, wore.”


496. “A man’s real function is to give himself to the best reflection of the world which he is capable of.”. Unknown


497. “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.”  — William James


498. “I firmly believe that what makes you sexy & beautiful is not the size of your body or the color lipstick you have on. What really makes you sexy is what you project – your confidence & your self-awareness.” ~ Kate Dillon Levin


499. “Women, on average, tend to be more aware of their emotions, show more empathy, and are more adept interpersonally. Men on the other hand, are more self-confident and optimistic, adapt more easily, and handle stress better.”  — Daniel Goleman 


500. “Self-reflection entails asking yourself questions about your values, assessing your strengths and failures, thinking about your perceptions and interactions with others, and imagining where you want to take your life in the future. . . . . Robert L. Rosen


501. “In our personal lives, if we do not develop our own self-awareness and become responsible for first creations, we empower other people and circumstances to shape our lives by default.” ~ Stephen Covey


502. “To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else.”. Dalai Lama


503. “Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Stephen Covey


504. “Instead of resisting any emotion, the best way to dispel it is to enter it fully, embrace it and see through your resistance.”  — Deepak Chopra


505. “You must practice seeing yourself with a little distance, cultivating the ability to get out of your own head. Detachment is a sort of natural ego antidote ...


506. “It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head — it is the unique intersection of both.” — David Caruso


507. “The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” — Alous Huxley


508. “This fall I think you’re riding for—it’s a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn’t permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling. The whole arrangement’s designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn’t supply them with. Or they thought their own environment couldn’t supply them with. So they gave up looking. They gave it up before they ever really even got started.”


509. Self-awareness is the ability to take an honest look at your life without any attachment to it being right or wrong, good or bad.


510. “No one can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.”


511. “Look deeply into your disappointments, examine your heartache, interrogate your longing, probe your loneliness, meditate honestly on the elements of love of which you are still ignorant, and you will discover that the void within you is already filled with the desire for fulfillment. Your yearning itself is an internal guidance system that is moving you to become a lover.”


512. Self-awareness is not self-centeredness, and spirituality is not narcissism. 'Know thyself' is not a narcissistic pursuit.


513. “He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.” — Japanese proverb


514. “The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.”. Socrates


515. “I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.”. Dolly Parton


516. “There is no thinking without feeling and no feeling without thinking.” — Karen McCown


517. “After all, all knowledge simply means self-knowledge.” ~ Bruce Lee


518. “You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”. Marcus Aurelius


519. “Self-awareness is the only way to free yourself from the chains of your ego.”. Unknown


520. Here are the best self awareness quotes to read from famous people that will surely inspire you. Monitoring your beliefs, stress, and the ability to focus on your thoughts, emotions, or actions is a part of self-awareness, a perception of your individuality. May these inspirational quotes about self awareness make you see the importance of self awareness, which will make you a better version of yourself. Share these quotes on self awareness with your friends, family, and loved ones to inspire them as well


521. “Practice self-awareness, self-evaluation, and self-improvement. If we are aware that our manners – language, behavior, and actions – are measured against our ...


522. “Confidence is deciding you’re unstoppable — not that you’ll never fail. ” — Tom Bilyeu


523. “Explore thyself. Herein are demanded the eye and the nerve.” – Henry David Thoreau


524. “The me I am is not the me I was.”


525. “you can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” 


526. “An anxious mind is an unproductive mind that doesn’t inspire the best in others. A top priority for mindful leaders is cultivating peace of mind.”


527. You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. - Ernest Hemingway


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


529. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”. Oscar Wilde


530. “I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” – Billie Jean King


531. “Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?” – Marcus Aurelius


532. “It is clearly important to read and add knowledge to be an effective manager and leader.   Even more important is the mind we show up with every day.  The practice of mindful leadership optimizes the mind for true greatness.”


533. I think that's the real loss of innocence: the first time you glimpse the boundaries that will limit your potential. - Steve Toltz


534. “I think it’s easy to mistake understanding for empathy — we want empathy so badly. … It’s hard and ugly to know somebody can understand you without even liking you.” — Thomas Harris


535. Ask “What?” instead of “Why?” 


536. “The journey of self-reflection is not always easy, but it is always worth it.”. Unknown


537. I didn’t think it was my job to accept what everyone said I was and who I should be. - Benjamin Alire Saenz


538. I will no longer wound myself with the thoughts and questions that have surrounded me like thorns: that is a penance You do not ask of me. - Thomas Merton


539. “The greatest thing in life is to know oneself.”. Galileo Galilei


540. “Self awareness is the ability to take an honest look at your life without any attachment to it being right or wrong, good or bad.” – Debbie Ford


541. “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”. C.S. Lewis


542. Because self-awareness is not only knowing yourself, as I quoted Socrates just a moment ago, ...


543. “It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”


544. Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. - C. G. Jung


545. “Typically, business treats groundlessness or uncertainty as a liability or inconvenience, a temporary mirage on our way to perfect and lasting control. It’s as if work perfectly executed would eliminate uncertainty, guaranteeing success with no surprises, no mistakes, no risks misjudged. To be awake at work is to take exactly the opposite viewpoint. Rather than being a liability to be eliminated, groundlessness is acknowledged as the foundation or essential nature of all that we experience—the basic and unavoidable fact of life.”


546. “To find yourself, you must first lose yourself.”. Unknown


547. “Everybody uses words to express themselves. Except me. And I bet most people don’t realize the real power of words. But I do.”


548. “The reason we’re such fertile ground for the dark forces of such lies and social manipulation is that we’re dissociated from the genuine light of self-awareness.”


549. “Without self-awareness we are as babies in the cradles.” – Virginia Woolf


550. “Emotions help keep us on the right track by making sure that we are led by more than cognition.” — Maurice Elias


551. “I think....you still have no idea. The effect you can have.” 


552. “To understand the world, you must first understand yourself.”. Unknown


553. “The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself. ”


554. “A beautiful way to practice mindfulness, which is almost guaranteed to improve your social life, is to apply mindfulness toward others for the benefit of others. The idea is very simple—give your full moment-to-moment attention to another person with a nonjudgmental mind, and every time your attention wanders away, just gently bring it back.”


555. “Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment based on what you are feeling and thinking. That is what’s real.” — Doc Childre


556. “He who spends time regretting the past loses the present and risks the future.” — Quevedo


557. “If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” – Daniel Goleman


558. “Humility is not about having a low self image or poor self esteem. Humility is about self-awareness.” – Erwin McManus


559. “Where we have strong emotions, we’re liable to fool ourselves.” – Carl Sagan 


560. “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”. Ralph Waldo Emerson


561. “Unless you learn to face your own shadows, you will continue to see them in others, because the world outside you is only a reflection of the world inside you.” . . . . Unknown


562. “The most important thing in life is to know yourself.”. Unknown


563. “The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself. ” — Ursula K. Le Guin


564. “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung


565. My Sundays are mostly spent in self-reflection . . . . Prashant Niranjani


566. “Effective change management depends on our comfort levels with change.  Being comfortable with change can be trained by simply taking time every day to be still and notice what’s changing in our minds and bodies.  In fact, this practice often results in an ability to thrive during times of change.”


567. “Self-awareness is the ability to take an honest look at your life without any attachment to it being right or wrong, good or bad.” – Debbie Ford


568. “The most important conversations you’ll ever have are the ones you’ll have with yourself.” – David Goggins


569. If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.


570. “Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we have a clear picture of it.” — Benedict Spinoza


571. “I really explored self-awareness and emotions through ‘Green Lantern.' It might sound goofy, but I do believe that emotions have power. We're all driven by something, and most of that is emotional reaction. For me, it was about recognizing my self-awareness.” – Geoff Johns


572. “Leadership excellence demands that you invest the time to cultivate resiliency and presence. It requires that you explore the principles that make you who you are, and that guide the leadership choices you will make.”


573. “The surest way to lose sight of who you are is to constantly compare yourself to others.” – Tom Krause


574. “Your belief systems create your reality. Change your beliefs, change your life.”. Unknown


575. “The biggest challenge in life is being yourself… in a world trying to make you like everyone else.”. Oprah Winfrey