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Motivational Oneself Quotes

May these quotes about Oneself inspire and motivate you.

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

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My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily.
Not to dare is to lose oneself.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A quotation is a handy thing to have about,
saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)


 

The acceptance of oneself is
the essence of the whole moral problem
and the epitome of a whole outlook on life.
- Carl Jung

To be oneself is a rare thing, and a great one.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

To know how to free oneself is nothing;
the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.
- Andre Gide


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One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself,
but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
- George Orwell

Violence, even well intentioned,
always rebounds upon oneself.
- Lao Tzu

These are the keys to a great life...
taking oneself lightly, forgiveness, and acceptance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When one gets angry, it is always angry AT someone -
perhaps a friend or spouse, perhaps a stranger,
perhaps the nameless "they" - "those people at the bank wronged me,"
perhaps God, or perhaps oneself.
In any case, when one gets angry,
they want to find someone to be "responsible" for what happened.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I always pass on good advice.
It is the only thing to do with it.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep,
one must above all be a sheep oneself.
- Albert Einstein

Testing oneself is best when done alone.
- Jimmy Carter

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy
between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether
a little less talent might not have been better.
- Carl Jung

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes
is a sign of want of education.
To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun.
To accuse neither oneself nor others
shows that one's education is complete.
- Epictetus

When you are alone you are not alone,
you are simply lonely -
and there is a tremendous difference
between loneliness and aloneness.
When you are lonely you are thinking of the other,
you are missing the other.
Loneliness is a negative state.
You are feeling that it would have been
better if the other were there -
your friend, your wife, your mother,
your beloved, your husband.
It would have been good if the other
were there, but the other is not.
Loneliness is absence of the other.
Aloneness is the presence of oneself.
Aloneness is very positive.
It is a presence, overflowing presence.
You are so full of presence
that you can fill the whole universe
with your presence and there is no need for anybody.
- Osho

To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
- Alexander Chase

Real beauty is to be true to oneself.
That's what makes me feel good.
- Laetitia Casta

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery,
a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a
spring of capital truths,
and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
- Paul Valery

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind;
it requires the same effort of the brain
that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
- Helen Keller

One's own religion is after all
a matter between oneself
and one's Maker and no one else's.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Those who are dedicated to a life of wisdom
understand that the impulse to blame
something or someone is foolishness,
that there is nothing to be gained in blaming,
whether it be others or oneself.
- Epictetus

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor,
for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
- Jessamyn West

Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.
- Michelangelo

One can not love without opening oneself,
and opening oneself, that's taking the risk of suffering.
One does not have control.
- Isabelle Adjani

Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks
in building any successful venture.
- Lydia M. Child

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
- Jean Anouilh

Of course the other and more serious way in which it
all happens is that one finds in poems and language
some quality one appropriates for oneself and wishes to reproduce.
- Robert Fitzgerald

We are all murderers and prostitutes -
no matter to what culture,
society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal,
moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.
- R. D. Laing

To forget oneself is to be happy.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

A golden rule: to leave an incomplete image of oneself.
- Emile M. Cioran

Life at any time can become difficult:
life at any time can become easy.
It all depends upon how one adjusts oneself to life.
- Morarji Desai

Unless one says goodbye to what one loves,
and unless one travels to completely new territories,
one can expect merely a long wearing away of oneself
and an eventual extinction.
- Jean Dubuffet

To congratulate oneself on one's warm commitment to the environment,
or to peace, or to the oppressed, and think no more
is a profound moral fault.
- Robert Conquest

It is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself
that produces a photograph.
- Robert Frank

I sometimes wonder if the inability to find oneself
makes one seek oneself in other people,
in characters.
- John Cazale

It may be that the most interesting American struggle
is the struggle to set oneself free from the limits one is born to,
and then to learn something of the value of those limits.
- Greil Marcus

To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

One does afford oneself the luxury to come into the studio and all day,
every day, spend one's life making aesthetic propositions.
What an immense luxury.
- Anish Kapoor

True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself.
False guilt is guilt felt at not being what other people
feel one ought to be or assume that one is.
- R. D. Laing

To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection,
but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else
is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin.
- Thomas Aquinas

One could look over the past century and ask oneself,
has the increased longevity been good,
bad or indifferent?
- Leon Kass

Not to like ice cream is to show oneself uninterested in food.
- Joseph Epstein

One comes to believe whatever one repeats to oneself sufficiently often,
whether the statement be true of false.
It comes to be dominating thought in one's mind.
- Robert Collier

Writing is like getting married.
One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.
- Iris Murdoch

But generally speaking, I felt to engage in the political
process was to sully oneself to such a degree that
whatever came out wasn't worth the trouble put in.
- John Perry Barlow

It's a question of not copying the masters,
to look for something, good or bad, for oneself.
To enter this liberated state of mind,
one cannot copy the others.
- Nathalie Sarraute

To live is to feel oneself lost.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

It is impossible to talk or to write without apparently
throwing oneself helplessly open.
- Herman Melville

The most important questions in life can never be answered
by anyone except oneself.
- John Fowles

Nothing in the nature around us is evil.
This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways
of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the
supposed cruelty of nature.
- John Berger

Observing humans and observing oneself yields a clear-minded
starting point for literature.
- Gao Xingjian

Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second.
Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!
- Paul Gauguin

Discipline in art is a fundamental struggle to understand oneself,
as much as to understand what one is drawing.
- Henry Moore

Carrying out the thing, getting it to the point when one might say:
There,
now it is good - that point is hard to reach.
Often, one sets very high goals for oneself.
Perhaps too high.
- Arne Jacobsen

Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage,
one is helpless to make oneself understood.
- Lionel Trilling

One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness.
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

If one is reported as having set up camp overseas,
it's as if one has made oneself unavailable.
- Julian Sands

The questions which one asks oneself begin,
at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's
key to the experience of others.
- James A. Baldwin

The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.
- Eldridge Cleaver

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
- Sigmund Freud

The whole problem of the sound-work is distancing oneself from the dramatic.
- Pierre Schaeffer

The seated lotus postures are an amazing way to go into meditation,
or simply just to take a moment to ground oneself.
- Christy Turlington

To abandon oneself to principles is really to die -
and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
- Albert Camus

I don't watch television, I think it destroys the art
of talking about oneself.
- Stephen Fry

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have,
beautifully expressed with much authority by someone
recognized wiser than oneself.
- Marlene Dietrich

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority,
but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
- Marcus Aurelius

It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected
by censure than by praise.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline;
the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat oneself.
- Gamaliel Bailey


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