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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.



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There is a luxury in self-dispraise;
    And inward self-disparagement affords
    To meditative spleen a grateful feast.
  • '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[edit]

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.
  • 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.

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