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[ Also see Self-image Self-improvement Self-love Self-pity Self-respect Selfishness ]

Be so true to thyself as thou be not false to others.
      - Francis Bacon

Finding oneself was a misnomer; a self is not found but made.
      - Jacques Barzun

A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification with the not-self that there is no self left to die.
      - Bernard Berenson,
        Sketch for a Self-portrait

He who knows himself best esteems himself least.
      - Henry G. Bohn

The authentic self is the soul made visible.
      - Sarah Ban Breathnach

And though all cry down self, none means
  His own self in a literal sense.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

For better or worse, you must play your own little instrument in the orchestra of life.
      - Dale Carnegie

Explore the dark recesses of the mind,
  In the soul's honest volume read mankind,
    And own, in wise and simple, great and small,
      The same grand leading principle in all;
 * * * * *
For parent and for child, for wife and friend,
  Our first great mover, and our last great end
    Is one; and by whatever name we call
      The ruling tyrant, Self, is all in all.
      - Charles Churchill

Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
      - Confucius

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
      - Albert Einstein

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self.
      - Albert Einstein

We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
      - Epictetus

Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves.
      - Gene Fowler

Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.
      - Judy Garland

I am I plus my surroundings, and if I do not preserve the latter I do not preserve myself.
  [Sp., Yo soy yo y mi circumstancia, y si no la salvo a ella no me salvo yo.]
      - Jose Ortega y Gasset,
        Meditaciones del Quijote

If you start to think about your physical or moral condition, you usually find that you are sick.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One is led astray alike by sympathy and coldness, by praise and by blame.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People seldom improve when they have no model but themselves to copy after.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

A creature who has spent his life creating one particular representation of his selfdom will die rather than become the antithesis of that representation.
      - Frank Herbert

Within us there is someone who knows everything, wills everything, does everything better than we ourselves.
      - Hermann Hesse

The short-lived self, teetering on the edge of extinction, is the only thing that can ever really matter.
      - Eric Hoffer

A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.
      - Charles Evans Hughes

In the castle of my skin.
      - George Lamming, title of a novel

Beloved, you are my sister, you are my daughter, you are my face; you are me.
      - Toni Morrison

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