Know Thyself and Thou shalt know the universe and the gods.
-- Inscription of the Temple of Delphi.
One of the most important precepts of wisdom is to know oneself.
The sage knows himself.
-- Lao Tse.
All men participate in the possibility of self knowledge.
Let the man in whom there is intelligence... know himself.
Let each contemplate himself, not shut up in narrow walls, not cabined in the corner of the earth, but a citizen of the whole world. From the height of the sublime meditations which the spectacle of Nature and the knowledge of it will procure for him, how well will he know himself! how he will disdain, how base he will find all the futilities to which the vulgar attach so high a price.
When one says to a man, "Know Thyself", it is not to lower his pride, but to make him sensible of his own value.
Ignorance of oneself is then an evil in all respects, whether ignoring the greatness and dignity of the inner man one lower's one's divine principle or ignoring the natural baseness of the external man one commits the fault of glorifying oneself.
How can the soul which misunderstands itself have a sure idea of other creatures?
This mental being in the inner heart who has the truth and the light is the lord and sovereign of all; he who knows it, governs all this that is.
-- Brihadaranyaka Upanishad.
The gretaest science is the knowledge of oneself. He who knows himself, knows God.
-- St. Clement of Alexandria.
As by knowing one piece of clay one knows all that is of clay, as by knowing one instrument of steel one knows all that is of steel, even so is the order of this knowledge.
-- Chandogya Upanishad.
That is the bright light of all lights which they know who know themselves.
-- Mundaka Upanishad.
Know thyself, sound the divinity.
much love, light and laughter,
Scatter joy ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson. ~*Blowing out someone else's candle doesn't make your's burn any brighter.*~We can't all be stars, but we can all twinkle.
We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.