Finding Yourself Sayings and Quotes

Discovering who you really are can seem like an insurmountable task. With so much advice and wellness guru speak to sift through, it’s easy to get lost in the sauce. No matter how you choose to get there, finding yourself is a worthy pilgrimage. Tune into your inner voice with the collection below of wise, inspirational and humorous quotes on finding yourself.

Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.     

Richard Wright

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.     

Thomas Szasz

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.     


Know yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.     

Ann Landers

Know thyself? If I knew myself, I'd run away.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The only journey is the journey within.     

Rainer Maria Rilke

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.     

Henry David Thoreau

One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life, and there is nothing better.     

Blaise Pascal

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

Should we say the self, once perceived, becomes the soul?      

Theodore Roethke

Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery.     

Matthew Arnold

To find yourself, think for yourself.      


If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.     

James A. Michener

In the end you don't so much find yourself as you find someone who knows who you are.      

Robert Brault

Don't spend all of your time trying to FIND yourself. Spend your time CREATING yourself into a person that you'll be proud of.     

Sonya Parker

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.     

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.     


Don't worry about finding your soul mate. Find yourself.     

Jason Evert

Whatever it takes to find the real you, don't be daunted if the rest of the world looks on in shock.     

Stephen Richards

When you fight yourself to discover the real you, there is only one winner.     

Stephen Richards

Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you'll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.     

Pablo Neruda

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.     

Maya Angelou

Each man's life represents a road toward himself.     

Herman Hesse

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.     


First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

Lose yourself wholly; and the more you lose, the more you will find.     

Catherine Of Siena

You've got to know yourself so you can at last be yourself.     

D. H. Lawrence

Be who you are, and find yourself so you can be your own person and enjoy life with no regret.     

Bonnie Zackson Koury

Your real self may be hiding somewhere, look for it within, when you find yourself, you can freely be what you want to be.      

Michael Bassey Johnson

Find yourself first-like yourself first-love yourself FIRST & friendship & love will naturally find YOU.     

Mandy Hale

Finding oneself and one's path is like waking up on a foggy day. Be patient, and presently the fog will clear and that which has always been there can be seen. The path is already there to follow.     

Rasheed Ogunlaru

Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home.     

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search.     

Maxwell Maltz

If you're being ignored, that's a good time to concentrate on finding yourself and creating your own mystery.     

Lykke Li

It's a life's journey of finding ourselves, finding our power, and living for yourself, not for everyone else.     

Mariska Hargitay

You really have to look inside yourself and find your own inner strength, and say, 'I'm proud of what I am and who I am, and I'm just going to be myself.     

Mariah Carey

You've got to find yourself first. Everything else'll follow.     

Charles De Lint

You never find yourself until you face the truth.     

Pearl Bailey

Sometimes when you lose your way, you find YOURSELF.     

Mandy Hale

The only way to find yourself is when you start being true to everyone around you.     


We lose ourselves in things we love. We find ourselves there, too.     

Kristin Martz

All the wonders you seek are within yourself.     

Thomas Browne

Sometimes we must lose ourselves to find ourselves.     

Sonny Long

Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do.     


It's not about finding a home so much as finding yourself.     

Jason Behr

Go find yourself first So you can also find me.     


Find out who you are and do it on purpose.     

Dolly Parton

Committing yourself is a way of finding out who you are. A man finds his identity by identifying.     

Robert Terwilliger

One does not 'find oneself' by pursuing one's self, but on the contrary by pursuing something else and learning through discipline or routine... who one is and wants to be.     

May Sarton

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.     

Albert Einstein

Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.     

Albert Einstein

Somehow, we'll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.     

Brandon Sanderson

I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.     

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.     

Dr. Howard Thurman

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.     

Earl Nightingale

Our greatest fear in life shouldn’t be of failure, but of succeeding at things that don’t really matter.     

Francis Chan

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so you learn to love… by loving.     

St. Francis de Sales

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.     

George Bernard Shaw

Sometimes you have to kind of die inside in order to rise from your own ashes and believe in yourself and love yourself to become a new person.     

Gerard Way

Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.     

Gloria Steinem

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.     

Henry David Thoreau

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t… You’re right.     

Henry Ford

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.     

Henry Miller

When we find a purpose that is bigger than ourselves, we become more powerful in our ability to create.     

Jack Delosa

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.     

Jim Rohn

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.     

Jim Rohn

Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.     

Jim Rohn

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.     

Jimmy Dean

Knowledge comes by taking things apart: analysis. But wisdom comes by putting things together.     

John A. Morrison

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life.     

John Lennon

Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.     

John Wooden

Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.     

Joseph Campbell

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.     

Joseph Campbell

A year from now you will wish you had started today.     

Karen Lamb

When you’re committed to something you accept no excuses only results!     

Kenneth H. Blanchard

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.     

Lao Tzu

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.     

Les Brown

Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.     

Lolly Daskal

Not all dreamers are winners, but all winners are dreamers. Your dream is the key to your future.     

Mark Gorman

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.     

Maya Angelou

Don’t count the days, make the days count.     

Muhammad Ali

The man who has no imagination has no wings.     

Muhammad Ali

The starting point of all achievement is desire.     

Napoleon Hill

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it… The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.     

Nelson Mandela

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.     

Oscar Wilde

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.     

Pablo Picasso

When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.     

Ralph Ellison

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.     

Ralph Marston

Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.     

Robert Kiyosaki

Don't watch the clock. Do what it does. Keep going.     

Sam Levenson

The very nature of creativity is coming up with things that have never been tried before.     

Shelly Lazarus

You combine hard work, creativity, and self-determination things start to happen.     

Sophia Amoruso

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.     

Stephen R. Covey

Live out of your imagination, not your history.     

Stephen R. Covey

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.     

Steve Jobs

Remember to muster up your courage and silence your fear.     

Suze Orman

Doubt kills more Dreams than failure ever will.     

Suzy Kassem

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.     

Thomas A. Edison

The pessimists are usually right, but it’s the optimists that change the world.     

Thomas Friedman

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.     

Thomas Jefferson

If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to build theirs.     

Tony Gaskins

The one who says it’s not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.     

Tricia Cunningham

No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.     


Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.     


All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.     

Walt Disney

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.     

Walt Disney

I will tell you the secret of getting rich on Wall Street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful and you try to be very fearful when others are greedy.     

Warren Buffett

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.     

Winston Churchill

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily.     

Zig Ziglar