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Not being beautiful was the true blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.

Nothing is so easy as to deceive one's self; for what we wish, that we readily believe; but such expectations are often inconsistent with the real state of things.

O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us To see oursels as others see us. It wad frae money a blunder free us, And foolish notion.

Of all the idiots I have met in my life, and the Lord knows that they have not been few or little, I think that I have been the biggest.

Oh, I'm so inadequate. And I love myself!

Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact, power has no sex.

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.

Only by pursuing the extremes in one's nature, with all its contradictions, appetites, aversions, rages, can one hope to understand a little ... oh, I admit only a very little ... of what life is about.

People who concentrate on giving good service always get more personal satisfaction as well as better business. How can we get better service? One way is by trying to see ourselves as others do.

Real apprenticeship is ultimately always to the self.

Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world-making the most of one's best.

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

Saying "yes" to yourself means acknowledging what you have that's good and working on the things that aren't.

Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement.

Self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision, action, and grace to bear upon the dark and negative side of our natures. With it comes the development of that kind of humility that makes it possible for us to receive God's help. ... We find that bit by bit we can discard the old life-the one that did not work-for a new life that can and does work under conditions whatever.

Self-understanding rather than self-condemnation is the way to inner peace and mature conscience.

Show me a sensible person who likes himself or herself! I know myself too well to like what I see. I know but too well that I'm not what I'd like to be.

Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life's blood . . . but everyone has something to give.

Somehow we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.

Sometimes a person has to go back, really back-to have a sense, an understanding of all that's gone to make them-before they can go forward.


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