Daniel Goleman Page

“If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.”

- Daniel Goleman

Stephen Covey Page

“Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.”

- Stephen Covey

Carl Sagan Page

“We are the local embodiment of a Cosmos grown to self-awareness. We have begun to contemplate our origins: starstuff pondering the stars; organized assemblages of ten billion billion billion atoms considering the evolution of atoms; tracing the long journey by which, here at least, consciousness arose. Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.”

- Carl Sagan

Theodosius Dobzhansky Page

“Man is the only living being who has a developed self-awareness and death-awareness.”

- Theodosius Dobzhansky

Source/Notes: Mourning and Funerals—For Whom?, The Watchtower magazine, June 1, 1977.
Joe Strummer Page

“I'd define it as self-awareness: an ability to trust your own judgment. An ability to see through veils of bullshit or spins on stories or propaganda. Maybe an ability to think for yourself.”

- Joe Strummer

Source/Notes: About punk - Joe Strummer: Putting a Scare into he Hearts of All Things Corporate (2002)


Ma Jian Page

“China is completely lacking in self-awareness and as someone who has stepped outside that society, I have a responsibility to write about it as I see it.”

- Ma Jian

Billie Jean King Page

“I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.”

- Billie Jean King

Kenny Loggins Page

“Whatever I have not yet learned to tolerate in myself inevitably will appear in my children. In this way, they, like Julia, guide me to a new level of self-awareness and everyone benefits.”

- Kenny Loggins

George A. Sheehan Page

“The mind's first step to self-awareness must be through the body.”

- George A. Sheehan

A. E. van Vogt Page

“I don't recall having any self-awareness about the intricacy of my stories.”

- A. E. van Vogt


Julian May Page

“Isn't Biblical Eden an ambivalent symbol? It seems to me that the myth simply show us that self-awareness and intelligence are perilous. And they can be deadly. But consider the alternative to the Tree of Knowledge. Would anyone want innocence at such a price? Not me.”

- Julian May

Source/Notes: The Many-Colored Land (Houghton Mifflin, 1981), ISBN 0-395-30230-7, chap. 7, p. 45
George Steiner Page

“The Jew has his anchorage not in place but in time, in his highly developed sense of history as personal context. Six thousand years of self-awareness are a homeland.”

- George Steiner

Clarence Day Page

“The test of a civilized person is first self-awareness, and then depth after depth of sincerity in self-confrontation.”

- Clarence Day

Stephen Covey Page

“In addition to self-awareness, imagination and conscience, it is the fourth human endowment-independent will-that really makes effective self-management possible. It is the ability to make decisions and choices and to act in accordance with them. It is the ability to act rather than to be acted upon, to proactively carry out the program we have developed through the other three endowments. Empowerment comes from learning how to use this great endowment in the decisions we make every day.”

- Stephen Covey

Eric Hoffer Page

“They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.”

- Eric Hoffer

Source/Notes: Between the Devil and the Dragon: The Best Essays and Aphorisms of Eric Hoffer (Harper & Row, 1982), p. 67


Eugene J. Martin Page

“There are opposing forces in all living things. My work reflects this and stirs up a contrast of emotions in the viewer... perception versus annoyance. To the viewer who has reached that level of awareness, my work is no longer abstract, but very real.”

- Eugene J. Martin

Source/Notes: Direct Art Magazine, In Memoriam - Eugene James Martin, Fall-Winter 2006,Vol. 13, p. 86, [6] and [7]
Annamalai Swami Page

“Meditation is not something that should be done in a particular position at a particular time. It is an awareness and an attitude that must persist throughout the day.”

- Annamalai Swami