Self Concept


Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.

Ryunosuke Satoro

Step into your own shoes, not somebody else's; they're not going to fit!

Step into your own shoes, not somebody else's; they're not going to fit!

Annie Zalezsak

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

Dr Seuss

We’re the promise of one people, one breath declaring to one another: I see you. I need you. I am you.

We’re the promise of one people, one breath declaring to one another: I see you. I need you. I am you.

Richard Blanco

HWe relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody, too.

We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody, too.

Helen Hayes

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

Henry David Thoreau

We all need more backbone and less wishbone.

We all need more backbone and less wishbone.

Ernest Holmes

Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.

Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.

Ernest Holmes

Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.

Jorge Luis Borges

In order to deal with the chaos that exists in the world today, you need some grounding. That grounding best comes from knowing who you are.

Michael Ray

I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.


You are liquid love in physical bodies, wanting, more than life itself, because it is life itself, to adore the vessel that’s you through which this Source Energy flows. You are God. You are Source. You are creator.

Abraham-Hicks, excerpt from San Rafael, CA on February 21, 2004

Think of yourself as you would like to be and calmly state that you are now in the position that you care to be in; that you are now doing the things you would like to be doing; that you now possess the things you care to possess. Look at your picture as you would view a landscape, mentally dwell on this picture, trying to feel the reality of it, until you can sense that it is a reality; then leave the entire picture for the Law to work out for you, returning to your everyday affairs with perfect confidence that something is really taking place on the invisible side of your life and that you will experience in outward form all your inner aspirations.

Ernest Holmes

Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.

Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.


The real you does not need fixing. Only the surface layer of you seems to need improvement. Your innate wholeness has never been damaged except in your thoughts. You have been taught that life is a problem, you are defective, and you must face and overcome an endless series of issues and obstacles before you can be enough. None of that is true. You are not a black hole that needs to be filled. You are a light that needs to be shined. Less fixing, more savoring. Your inner self already owns a glorious beach house. How much time you spend there is up to you.

from Enough Already by Alan Cohen

The moment you change your perception, is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body.

Dr Bruce Lipton

A prophet is never recognized in his own home town.

Paraphrased from the Bible, Luke 4:24

Miracles are a shift in perception.

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, “This is the real me”, and when you have found that attitude, follow it.

William James (1842-1910) American Philosopher and Psychologist

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

Dr Seuss, from Happy Birthday to You!

The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.


You are the vibrational writers of the script of your life, and everyone else in the Universe is playing the part that you have assigned to them.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, March 2, 1997

How you imagine the world determines how you live in it.

We are all one Energy Stream, but what makes the separations or distinguishes the differences is perspective. You are a unique and individual perspective.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, January 31, 1999

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

Judy Garland

I am my best work – a series of road maps, reports, recipes, doodles, and prayers from the front lines.

Audre Lorde, poet

I am not the person who is singing
I am the silent one inside. …
I am not my house, my car, my songs
They are only stops along my way. …

Paula Cole, "Me"

I found out that there weren't too many limitations, if I did it my way.

Johnny Cash

Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.

Sophia Loren

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.

Mary Oliver

In the quiet moments of your day, what do you think and do? When you are with your Self and no one else, how does life proceed for you? Who are you when you are alone? Self-creation is a Holy Experience. It is sacred. It is you, deciding Who You Are.

Neale Donald Walsch

You think of yourself as a citizen of the universe. You think you belong to this world of dust and matter. Out of this dust… you have created a personal image, and have forgotten about the essence of your true origin.


Your whole life is a message. Every act is an act of self-definition. Everything you think, say and do sends a message about you.

Neale Donald Walsch

Who you are shouts so loudly in my ears that I can not hear what you say.


We have each had the experience of others reacting to us; often there seems to be no logic to it. But in fact, people do pick up on our subtle energy, and even if they can’t see it or put it into words, they feel it and, subliminally, they know. They vote yes, no or maybe according to the qualities and strength of the energy we project.

Stuart Wilde

Look to see what you are doing today. Is this how you choose to define yourself? Look to see what you are thinking today. Is this what you wish to create?

Neale Donald Walsch

The nearest way to glory – a shortcut, as it were – is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.

Socrates (469-399 BC) Greek Philosopher (quoted in Cicero, 44 BC)

Sometimes I go about pitying myself
And all the while I am being carried across the sky
By beautiful clouds.

Ojibway Indian Poem

I want to be the best that I can be. I want to do and have and live in a way that is in harmony with my idea of the greatest goodness. I want to harmonize physically here in this body with that which I believe to be the best, or the good way, of life. If you will make those statements, and then do not take action unless you feel good, you will always be moving upon the path in harmony with your idea of that which is good.

Abraham-Hicks from the book Money and the Law of Attraction

Be anything you want to be, but don't be dull.

Frank Robinson

A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.

Charles Gordy

Every little pebble in the stream believes itself to be a precious stone.

Japanese proverb (see other Japanese proverbs)

If you are what you eat, and you don’t know what you’re eating, do you know who you are?


There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.

Buckminster Fuller

Every decision you make – every decision that you make every second – is not a decision about what to do, it is a decision about who you are. Every act is an act of self-definition.

Neale Donald Walsch

“So, why am I who I am, and why am I born to who I am born to, and why is it set up the way it is set up?” We say, “For the fun of it. For the joy of it. For the expansion of it. For the growth of it. For the difference in it. For the desire producing value in it.”

Abraham-Hicks from the workshop in Tarrytown, NY on Saturday, October 17, 1998

When you meet a man, you judge him by his clothes; when you leave, you judge him by his heart.

Russian Proverb

You're only given a little spark of madness. You musn’t lose it.

Robin Williams

Do not worry as to whether you are fat or thin. Worry rather as to whether you use your body, mentally and physically, as an expression of thy ideal.

Edgar Cayce Reading 308-8

By steady self-observation, we can see the difference between living from society's subtle demands and from our own center. Any discomfort we feel is trying to show us the difference.

The Daily Guru

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929-1968) American Civil Rights Leader

Most people do not know what it means to truly be loving and accepting of your self. It means that you allow and acknowledge as a part of you all those aspects that you have previously been denying, repressing or trying to get rid of. There can be no hint of judgment. This is not as difficult as you might imagine, because at the level of Being, you are love and acceptance. So if you awaken into Being and then allow all those aspects of yourself that you have been condemning to surface and be owned, acknowledged and expressed within the consciousness of Being, a tremendous relaxation will occur. It will allow you to deepen even further into Presence and Being.

The Daily Guru

There is a part of you that is perfect and pure. It is untouched by the less-than-perfect characteristics you have acquired by living in a less-than-perfect world. This part of you is a still and eternal star. Make time to reach it and this will bring you untold benefit.


Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgement will always be in demand under all conditions.

Roger Babson (1875-1967) Founder of Babson College

I am two women: one wants to have all the joy, passion and adventure that life can give me. The other wants to be a slave to routine, to family life, to the things that can be planned and achieved. I’m a housewife and a prostitute, both of us living in the same body and doing battle with each other.

The meeting of these two women is a game with serious risks. A divine dance. When we meet, we are two divine energies, two universes colliding. If the meeting is not carried out with due reverence, one universe destroys the other.

from Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

Persons of high self-esteem are not driven to make themselves superior to others; they do not seek to prove their value by measuring themselves against a comparative standard. Their joy is being who they are, not in being better than someone else.

Nathaniel Branden

When a man begins to understand himself he begins to live. When he begins to live he begins to understand his fellow men.

Norvin McGranahan

Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.

Samuel Butler (1835-1902) English writer

The self is not something that one finds. It is something that one creates.

Thomas Szasz (1920-) American psychiatrist

It seems crazy that in all that time I never stopped to think what I was actually cut out to do or be. But I'm sure I'm not unusual. There must be hundreds of people stuck in jobs they hate, or married to the wrong partner, or trying to be someone they're not. It's such an awful waste.

from Second Skin, by Wendy Perriam

As in the play, the man wears a mask. Beneath the mask is the myth. Behind the myth is the image of God.

Bujun saying

What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.

Anthony Robbins (about Anthony Robbins)

Wonder emanates from our own perspective.  Wonder can be expressed when we stop taking things for granted.  Wonder is contemplating the facts of life from a higher point of view. Wonder is remembering and acknowledging the uniqueness of our inner self. Of all the people in the world there is only one of each of us. That is a wonder in itself. And it follows then that not only is each of us wonderful, each of us is a wonder. Situations and events are temporary. Wonder is perpetual. And so are you.

Gail Pursell Elliott, “The Dignity and Respect Lady”

Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.

Harvey Fierstein

The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are.

Thomas Dreier

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, “This is the real me”, and when you have found that attitude, follow it.

William James (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist

The most important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one’s self seriously. The first is imperative, and the second disastrous.

Margaret Fontey

Just as friction between certain types of rocks produces sparks of light, so it is the friction of our individualities rubbing against each other that illuminates who we really are.

Rev Rowland C Croucher

I value my self as an expression of God!

Annie Zalezsak

The idea of human life being housed in a body is fascinating. For instance, when someone comes to visit your home, they come bodily. They bring all of their inner world, experience and memory into your house through the vehicle of their body. While they are visiting you, their life is not elsewhere; it is totally there with you, before you, reaching out towards you. When the visit is over, their body stands up, walks out and carries this hidden world away.

from Anam Cara, Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World (p64-65), by John O’Donohue

I don’t like work... but I like what is in work – the chance to find yourself. Your own reality – for yourself, not for others – which no other man can ever know.

Joseph Conrad

What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.

Abraham H Maslow, American psychologist

Personality is a mask you believe in.

Dr White

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

Joseph Campbell

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Short Quotes

Guru, God, and self are one.

Ramana Maharshi

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

Kahlil Gibran

What I am looking for is not out there. It is in me.

Helen Keller

Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.

Harvey Fierstein

Do not make yourself so big. You are not so small.

Jewish Proverb

Act as if you are the person you want to be.

Bernie Siegel

Life is too short to be little.

Benjamin Disraeli

You change the world by being yourself.

Yoko Ono