# Self-knowing

## Definitions

• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
• Self-knowing Knowing of itself, without help from another.
• Self-knowing Knowing one's self, or one's own character, powers, and limitations.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
• self-knowing Knowing of one's self, or without communication from another.
• self-knowing Possessed of self-consciousness as an attribute of man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
• Self-knowing knowing of one's own self: possessed of self-consciousness
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## Quotations

• David Harold Fink
“Know what you want. Become your real self.”
• John Updike
“The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives for ever.”
• Josh Billings
“It's not only the most difficult thing to know one's self, but the most inconvenient.”
• David Lee Roth
“The problem with self-improvement is knowing when to quit.”
• Josh Billings
“It's not only the most difficult thing to know one's self, but the most inconvenient.”
“The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one's own mind.”

## Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.

## Usage

### In literature:

Do you know, he is very witty and well informed, though he says he never had much time for self-cultivation?
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, August, 1863, No. 70" by Various
These People are neither a corporeal, nor an aerial Substance, but (I know not how otherwise to express my self) between both.
"A Voyage to Cacklogallinia" by Captain Samuel Brunt
How the self-murderer's account may stand, I know not.
"The Gamester (1753)" by Edward Moore
I, 2, 18), ('The knowing Self is not born, it dies not'), which shows that the highest Self is the general topic.
"The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankaracarya"
When he blabs, there's a necessity for the thing, and self-preservation, you know, is the first law of nature.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
We know that self-government is difficult.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
As you probably know, I am a self-made man, of very ordinary extraction.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
Self-praise, the Gods do know, is little worth.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
He looked at her in astonishment and he did not know whether he admired her self-control and generosity or not.
"The Measure of a Man" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I happen to know, because I have a sister lives at Hollymead, so I've done it m'self.
"The Upas Tree" by Florence L. Barclay
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### In poetry:

In heaven's tranquillity above,
The cold still ground below,
Its pensive self to think and breathe
Its dim self love and know;
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose
In vain! This heart its grief must know,
Till life itself hath ceased,
And falls beneath the self-same blow
The lover and the priest!
"The Knight of St. John" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Since God's own purpose over ours
Is folded softly like a wing,
And love's best knowledge to love's self
Must own, I know not anything!
"Congratulation" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
It is in truth a pretty toy
For babes to play withal:
But O, the honies of our youth
Are oft our age's gall:
Self-proof in time will make thee know
He was a prophet told thee so:
"Advice to a Lover" by Anonymous British
And inly to thyself take heed,
Oft prove your heart, its pages read, Self-knowledge will, in time of need,
Who knows himself, from dangers freed,
Where'er he lie.
"Epistle To A Young Clergyman" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
You who drink because of shame that you think will last,
Or because of wrong done you—trouble in the past—
“Nothing left to live for now,” you will say, I know;
But you have your own self yet, give that self a show!
"Give yourself a Show: New Year's Eve" by Henry Lawson

### In news:

Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has gone Hollywood with Seven Psychopaths, an ultra-violent (and ultra-funny) deconstruction of the fast-talking, self-knowing crime capers that came into fashion with Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.
REVIEWS And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, 'The Century of Self.
Wendy Lynn, author of the workbook , "Truth And Dare," said it took her 30 years to realize she didn't know her true self, which led to many bad decisions.
Need to Know's Alison Stewart speaks with Amanda Little, a journalist and self-proclaimed "pro-drilling environmentalist ".
Any self-respecting geek knows that iPad is on its way to Japan.
Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz joins us to talk about how independent workers are changing the national job landscape and what you need to know before joining the ranks of the self-employed.
But did you know that Coinstar also owns Redbox, a self-serve DVD rental service.
Here at ESSENCE.com we're self-proclaimed chocoholics and we know you are too.
It starts with knowing how to perform a breast self-exam and following up with mammograms .
Yeah, we know we put this on last year's top 10 list, but that was the self-released version.
Self-scheduling has always been an employee favorite, but having the ability to see all the open slots and to select specific units knowing that they won't be floated added a layer of satisfaction.
Starting tomorrow, New Yorkers can "self-certify" their vision every eight years, because grandpa knows damn well what he can handle.
If you're self-employed , there are some rules you'll need to know, regarding social security benefits.
Do you know your true self.
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### In science:

While it seems there is no trouble with the self-consistency equation, we do not know to which extent going through z4 = 1 is problematic.
Multicritical tensor models and hard dimers on spherical random lattices
For self-consistency of the paper we brieﬂy review some well know material.
Shocks in Quark-Gluon Plasmas
For T ∈ Sn (H) we know, since T has equal deﬁciency indices, that T has (canonical) self-adjoint extensions T ′ : D (T ′ ) ⊂ H → H.
On a theorem of Livsic
Beside the original work 28 , which delt with a polymer chain in a random medium, the only use of this method, in the context of self-interacting random chains, is, as far as we know, the hydrophilic-hydrophobic chain 30 .
Protein folding and heteropolymers
Now when we go to the strong coupling limit (M-theory) both of them ﬂow to the (0,2) theory and we know that the later theory is self dual.
(0,2) Theory and String Baryon in M-Theory on $AdS_7\times S^4$
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