Self Actualization Quotes

Quotes tagged as "self-actualization" (showing 1-30 of 114)
Henry David Thoreau
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things..”
Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

Albert Camus
“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.”
Albert Camus

Rumi
“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
Rumi

Richard Dawkins
“There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.”
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Sarah Dessen
“What you have to decide... is how you want your life to be. If your forever was ending tomorrow, would this be how you'd want to have spent it? Listen, the truth is, nothing is guaranteed. You know that more than anybody. So dont be afraid. Be alive.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

Joseph Campbell
“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.”
Joseph Campbell

Madonna
“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you've come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”
Madonna

Gabriel García Márquez
“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but ... life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”
Gabriel García Márquez

Jane Austen
“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Oliver James
“Do your own thing on your own terms and get what you came here for”
Oliver James

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Janis Joplin
“Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got.”
Janis Joplin

Katharine Hepburn
“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.”
Katharine Hepburn

Catherine of Siena
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”
Catherine of Siena

Walt Whitman
“I exist as I am, that is enough.”
Walt Whitman

Marcus Aurelius
“Don't go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Walt Whitman
“Love the earth and sun and animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others...
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.”
Walt Whitman

Theodore Roosevelt
“The joy in life is his who has the heart to demand it.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Marcus Aurelius
“Every living organism is fulfilled when it follows the right path for its own nature.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Brian Rathbone
“If you wish to find yourself, you must first admit you are lost.”
Brian Rathbone, Call of the Herald

Oscar Wilde
“I am a born antinomian. I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws. But while I see that there is nothing wrong in what one does, I see that there is something wrong in what one becomes.”
Oscar Wilde, De Profundis and Other Writings

“Self-actualization is what educated existence is all about. For members of the educated class, life is one long graduate school. When they die, God meets them at the gates of heaven, totes up how many fields of self-expression they have mastered, and then hands them a divine diploma and lets them in.”
David Brooks, Bobos in Paradise

Don DeLillo
“It was only after two years' work that it occurred to me that I was a writer. I had no particular expectation that the novel would ever be published, because it was sort of a mess. It was only when I found myself writing things I didn't realise I knew that I said, 'I'm a writer now.' The novel had become an incentive to deeper thinking. That's really what writing is—an intense form of thought.”
Don DeLillo

Albert Camus
“لكي تصبح سعيدا، عليك ألا تعبأ كثيرا بالآخرين”
Albert Camus

“Self-transformation commences with a period of self-questioning. Questions lead to more questions, bewilderment leads to new discoveries, and growing personal awareness leads to transformation in how a person lives. Purposeful modification of the self only commences with revising our mind’s internal functions. Revamped internal functions eventually alter how we view our external environment.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Max Stirner
“It is possible I can make very little of myself; but this little is everything, and better than what I allow to be made out of me by the might of others, by the training of custom, religion, the laws, the State.”
Max Stirner, The Ego and Its Own

George Eliot
“No man can begin to mould himself on a faith or an idea without rising to a higher order of experience.”
George Eliot, Scenes of Clerical Life

K.A. Wiggins
“I close my eyes. Golden light shines through my eyelids in wavering patterns of red and yellow. Figures dance and sway in the light, dark eyes flashing. I feel Victoire’s eagerness rise as if it were my own. It ebbs almost in the same instant. What do I care for the pulse of a beat, for the eyes of many, for the touch of heat and sweat? That is Victoire’s passion, not mine. I will not succumb. I am not Ravel’s dream of me.”
K.A. Wiggins, Blind the Eyes

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