25 Truly Inspiring Quotes About Finding Yourself

By Anni

Finding yourself quotes to keep you inspired...

I want to share some quotes about finding yourself, because… …well… I believe that finding yourself is one of the most important tasks you have here on earth.

Really? It’s THAT important?

Yes, it’s THAT important.

Finding yourself can seem like some elusive new-agey hocus-pocus thing, but it’s actually a pretty simple concept. All it really means is figuring out:

  • Who you are (ie. what are your inborn personality traits)
  • What you like
  • What you don’t like

And this, dear readers, is the basic foundation on which all other personal growth is built. It’s this self awareness that allows you to figure out what you need to be content and what the best way is for you to contribute to other people’s well-being.

Now, for some people, self discovery comes easily. This is usually the case for people who have fairly common personalities and likes and dislikes. Or people whose parents have similar selves and are able to serve as a model.

But for some of us, self discovery is a longer and more arduous journey. Those of us with personalities that are not the mainstream ideal. Those of us raised in families where our unique gifts were not recognized. Those of us with a tendency to bend ourselves backward to live up to other people’s expectations.

If you belong in this latter group, I want to give you some extra support. To keep you inspired on your journey of self discovery (even if it’s not the easiest journey), here is a collection of my favorite quotes about finding yourself.

Wanna be inspired on your self discovery journey? If yes, check out these quotes about finding yourself...

Quotes About Finding Yourself

Quotes About The Benefits of Finding Yourself

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.


You’ve got to know yourself so you can at last be yourself.

D. H. Lawrence

In order for us to grow and change – to develop our ability to make more conscious choices – we first need to know how we truly operate in the present. To become all that we can be, we must start where we are and know exactly where and who we are.

Beatrice Chestnut

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

Carl Jung

People need to know themselves to love themselves, and they need to love themselves to love others.

Joel Mark Witt & Antonia Dodge

Find yourself first – like yourself first – love yourself FIRST & friendship & love will naturally find YOU.     

Mandy Hale

So without any intentional, fancy way of adjusting yourself, to express yourself freely as you are is the most important thing to make yourself happy, and to make others happy.

Suzuki Roshi

Quotes About How NOT Finding Yourself Will Hold You Back

Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.     

Richard Wright

If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.

Brene Brown

Quotes About HOW To Find Yourself

Self-awareness is not about discovering deep, dark secrets or unconscious motivations, but rather, it comes from developing a straightforward and honest understanding of what makes you tick. People high in self- awareness are remarkably clear in their understanding of what they do well, what motivates and satisfies them, and which people and situations push their buttons.

Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

Carl Jung

You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.

Jerry Gillies

But who you are is not a concept in the sky, and it’s not a record of your accomplishments either. The most original and creative side of you can re-emerge only when you get time of your own, free time, wide-open time, uncommitted time, time in which to go after dreams or do absolutely nothing if you choose. Without it you can’t have a self.

Barbara Sher

What you want is what you need. Your dearest wish comes straight from your core, loaded with vital information about who you are and who you can become.

Barbara Sher

Finding oneself and one’s path is like waking up on a foggy day. Be patient, and presently the fog will clear and that which has always been there can be seen. The path is already there to follow.

Rasheed Ogunlaru

Once you’ve started down that road to self-discovery, no matter how treacherous the path before you, you can’t turn back. The universe doesn’t allow it.

Lisa Unger

Quotes About How It Takes Courage To Find Yourself

It takes courage….to endure the sharp pains of self-discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.

Marianne Williamson

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

E.E Cummings

Quotes About Finding Yourself Even If Others Disapprove

Whatever it takes to find the real you, don’t be daunted if the rest of the world looks on in shock.

Stephen Richards

I was once afraid of people saying “Who does she think she is?” Now I have the courage to stand and say, “This is who I am.”

Oprah Winfrey

You can waste a perfectly good life trying to meet the standards of someone who thinks you’re not good enough because they can’t understand who you are.

Barbara Sher 

The Element is about discovering your self, and you can’t do this if you’re trapped in a compulsion to conform. You can’t be yourself in a swarm.

Ken Robinson 

If you lose someone, but find yourself, you won.


Quotes About How It’s Not Enough To Find Yourself – You Also Need To Accept Yourself

The best-adjusted people are the ‘psychologically patriotic,’ who are glad to be what they are.

Isabel Briggs Myers

When you know yourself you are empowered. When you accept yourself you are invincible.

Tina Lifford

Wanna Learn More About Self Discovery?

If you are serious about finding yourself, you might be interested in my free video class.  You’ll learn:

  • The SECRET to creating a lifestyle that maximizes happiness and minimizes stress. (HINT: It has something to do with finding yourself. 😉 )
  • The simple 5-step process for turning your life around even if it seems way out of reach and you have no clue how to get started.
  • The 3 critical mistakes that keep people stuck in life and how YOU can avoid them.

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About the author 


Hi! I'm a life coach, a Certified MBTI® Practitioner, and a mentor for stressed out introverts and highly sensitive people. I used to be one myself! My mission is to help you discover your true self and create a life you ACTUALLY like.

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