Quotes about Self-knowledge
All the drugs in the world can`t save us from ourselves.
I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishments after I`m dead.
Don`t blindly believe what I say. Don`t believe me because others convince you of my words. Don`t believe anything you see, read, or hear from others, whether of authority, religious teachers or texts. Don`t rely on logic alone, nor speculation. Don`t infer or be deceived by appearances. Do not give up your authority and follow blindly the will of others. This way will lead to only delusion. Discover for yourself what is truth, what is real.
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
Our sense of free will results from a failure to appreciate this: We do not know what we intend to do until the intention itself arises.
We do not change ourselves, precisely - because we have only ourselves with which to do the changing - but we continually influence, and are influenced by, the world around us and the world within us.
By merely glancing at your face or listening to your tone of voice, others are often more aware of your state of mind and motivations than you are.
Either our wills are determined by prior causes and we are not responsible for them, or they are the product of chance and we are not responsible for them.
Free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making. Thoughts and intentions emerge from background causes of which we are unaware and over which we exert no conscious control. We do not have the freedom we think we have.
I`m not perfect and I don`t live to be.
I'm always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don't even take what I am seriously.