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30 Quotes to Help You Discover Who You Are and What You Want in Life

Updated: Apr 29

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Self-discovery can be an amazing thing. To discover things about yourself that you haven’t known before, to discover things you enjoy, things you believe in, things you want to do, be or achieve. Each and every one of us have skills and talents, and so many of us either don't nurture them and follow our passions or don't discover we even have them in the first place.


Family, friends and the society we live in have often steered us in the direction they want us to go, but it's not always the one that makes us feel happy and fulfilled. The only way to be truly happy is to live the life you were meant to live, which includes following your passions and finding your purpose.


Let these 30 quotes about self-discovery inspire you to delve deep and be open and honest with yourself about who you are and what you want in life.


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1. We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light. - Mary Dunbar



2. It's our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. - J. K. Rowling



3. Trust me, you have a talent that none of the rest of us have, just find out what it is and use it... it's doing nothing that's the enemy. - Lady Sybil Crawley (Downton Abbey)



4. The most critical thing is: Are you taking responsibility for your life? - Brendon Burchard



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5. The thing that is really hard and really amazing is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. - Anna Quindlen



6. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. – Maya Angelou



7. Surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel, energies are contagious. – unknown



8. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs




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9. Your life only gets better when you get better. – Unknown



10. You don't grow old. When you cease to grow, you are old. - Charles Judson Herrick



11. Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Unknown



12. Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch - what makes you go beyond the norm. - Cicely Tyson



13. If everything were to bring their miseries together in one place, most would be glad to take their own home again rather than take a portion out of the common stock. – Solon




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14. If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. – Thomas Edison


15. Life has no limitations; except the ones you make. – Les Brown



16. To many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they are busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. - Morrie Schartz



17. Sometimes the fastest way to get back in the game is to expect something from yourself again. - Brendon Burchard



18. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style. – Maya Angelou



19. Please grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. - William James



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20. If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month. – Theodore Roosevelt



21. Instead of trying to make life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward. – Drew Houston



22. Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny. - Lao Tzu


23. When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It's very simple. - Paulo Coelho



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24. There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. - Aldous Huxley



25. You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. - John C. Maxwell



26. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. - Leo Tolstoy



27. They say that you should know your limits and work within them. But how can you know your limits unless you try to expand them. - Johnathan Cainer



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28. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. - Aristotle



29. Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward. – Brian Tracy



30. One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do. – Henry Ford



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31. The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain




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