„Until we know the assumptions in which we are drenched, we cannot know ourselves.“

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„We are, I know not how, double in ourselves, so that what we believe we disbelieve, and cannot rid ourselves of what we condemn.“

—  Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592

As quoted in The Complete Works of Michael de Montaigne (1877) edited by William Carew Hazlitt, p. 289

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„We cannot think of uniting with others, until after we have first united among ourselves. We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.“

—  Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965

A Declaration of Independence (12 March 1964) http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=1148
Variante: We cannot think of uniting with others, until after we have first united among ourselves. We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
Contexto: There can be no black-white unity until there is first some black unity. There can be no workers' solidarity until there is first some racial solidarity. We cannot think of uniting with others, until after we have first united among ourselves. We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves. One can't unite bananas with scattered leaves.

Eric Hoffer photo

„Our doubts about ourselves cannot be banished except by working at that which is the one and only thing we know we ought to do.“

—  Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1898 - 1983

Entry (1955)
Contexto: Our doubts about ourselves cannot be banished except by working at that which is the one and only thing we know we ought to do. Other people's assertions cannot silence the howling dirge within us. It is our talents rusting unused within us that secrete the poison of self-doubt into our bloodstream.

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„We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves.“

—  Abraham Maslow American psychologist 1908 - 1970

Attributed to Maslow by Toni Galardi in The LifeQuake Phenomenon: How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) in Times of Personal and Global Upheaval (2009). Also to be found in other self-help books and on many quotes sites, but always without citation.

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„If we do not know how to take care of ourselves and to love ourselves, we cannot take care of the people we love. Loving oneself is the foundation for loving another person.“

—  Thich Nhat Hanh, Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh: 365 days of practical, powerful teachings from the beloved Zen teacher

Fonte: Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh: 365 days of practical, powerful teachings from the beloved Zen teacher

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„We suffer only until we realize that we can’t know anything.“

—  Byron Katie American spiritual writer 1942

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life (2002)

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„It is by little things that we know ourselves“

—  Oliver Wendell Holmes Poet, essayist, physician 1809 - 1894

The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (1858)
Contexto: It is by little things that we know ourselves; a soul would very probably mistake itself for another, when once disembodied, were it not for individual experiences which differ from those of others only in details seemingly trifling.

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„We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay.“

—  Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1898 - 1983

Sections 128 - 129
The Passionate State Of Mind, and Other Aphorisms (1955)
Contexto: Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.... It is thus with most of us: we are what other people say we are. We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay.

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„We truly know only what we have taught ourselves.“

—  John Lancaster Spalding Catholic bishop 1840 - 1916

Fonte: Aphorisms and Reflections (1901), p. 201

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