Self-awareness is the capacity for introspection and the ability to reconcile oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals. Self-awareness, though similar to sentience in concept, includes the experience of the self, and has been argued as implicit to the hard problem of consciousness.
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- How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is, "Who in the world am I?" Ah, that's the great puzzle!
- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland (1865), chapter 2; reprinted in Philip C. Blackburn and Lionel White, ed.., Logical Nonsense: The Works of Lewis Carroll (1934), p. 177.
- I have sometimes asked myself whether my country is the better for my having lived at all? I do not know that it is. I have been the instrument of doing the following things; but they would have been done by others; some of them, perhaps, a little better.
- Thomas Jefferson, "Services of Jefferson" (1800?), reported in Paul L. Ford, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (1896), vol. 7, p. 475.
- One self-approving hour whole years out-weighs
Of stupid starers and of loud huzzas.
- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle IV, line 249.
- Speak no more:
Thou turn'st mine eyes into my very soul;
And there I see such black and grained spots
As will not leave their tinct.
- Go to your bosom;
Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.
- There is a luxury in self-dispraise;
And inward self-disparagement affords
To meditative spleen a grateful feast.
- William Wordsworth, The Excursion (1814), Book IV.
- 'Tis greatly wise to talk with our past hours;
And ask them what report they bore to heaven:
And how they might have borne more welcome news.
- Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night II, line 376.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 696.
- As I walk'd by myself, I talk'd to myself
And myself replied to me;
And the questions myself then put to myself,
With their answers I give to thee.
- Barnard Barton, Colloquy with Myself. Appeared in Youth's Instructor (Dec., 1826).
- Summe up at night what thou hast done by day;
And in the morning what thou hast to do.
Dresse and undresse thy soul; mark the decay
And growth of it; if, with thy watch, that too
Be down then winde up both; since we shall be
Most surely judg'd, make thy accounts agree.
- George Herbert, The Temple, The Church Porch, next to last stanza.
- Let not soft slumber close your eyes,
Before you've collected thrice
The train of action through the day!
Where have my feet chose out their way?
What have I learnt, where'er I've been,
From all I've heard, from all I've seen?
What have I more that's worth the knowing?
What have I done that's worth the doing?
What have I sought that I should shun?
What duty have I left undone,
Or into what new follies run?
These self-inquiries are the road
That lead to virtue and to God.
- Isaac Watts, Self Examination.