• WordNet 3.6
    • n self-knowledge an understanding of yourself and your goals and abilities
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-knowledge Knowledge of one's self, or of one's own character, powers, limitations, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-knowledge The knowledge of one's own real character, abilities, worth, or demerit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Self-knowledge the knowledge of one's own character, abilities, worth, &c
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Never by reflection, but only by doing is self-knowledge possible to one.”
  • John Morely
    John Morely
    “Many people think of knowledge as money, They would like knowledge, but do not want to face the perseverance and self-denial that goes into the acquisition of it.”
  • Sila-Prabhrita
    “Mercy to living beings, self restraint, truth, honesty, chastity and contentment, right faith and knowledge, and austerity are but the entourage of morality.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead one to sovereign power.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “There's only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.”
  • Francis H. Bradley
    “The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one's own mind.”


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


In literature:

Had Crisp been wise, he would have thought himself happy in having purchased self-knowledge so cheap.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Beth made stepping-stones of her knowledge of other people rather than of her own dead self.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
All these are noble, but the man possessed of knowledge is deemed by me to be my own self.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
He was deficient either in the knowledge or in the self-trust necessary to professional success.
"Pioneer Surgery in Kentucky" by David W. Yandell
There is a difference between boys and men, but it is a difference of self-knowledge chiefly.
"A Boy's Town" by W. D. Howells
One uses one's self as the stuff for knowledge of others, or for the solution of any given problem.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
Intellectually clever, she was ever anxious for self-improvement, and her knowledge of languages was remarkable.
"Noble Deeds of the World's Heroines" by Henry Charles Moore
"The Comic Latin Grammar" by Percival Leigh
Self-knowledge is the summit of all wisdom.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
Self-restraint was superfluous in their company; they knew him too well, and liked him in spite of their knowledge.
"Audrey Craven" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

Wouldst thou in knowledge true advance
And gather learning's fruit,
In love confess thy ignorance,
And thy Self-love confute.
"After Thomas Kempis" by George MacDonald
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
If, haply such the fair Judean finds,
Self-knowledge wept the abasing truth to know;
And innate Pride, that queen of noble minds,
Crushed them indignant ere a bud could grow.
"Description Of Egla" by Maria Gowen Brooks
And inly to thyself take heed,
Oft prove your heart, its pages read, Self-knowledge will, in time of need,
Your wants supply;
Who knows himself, from dangers freed,
Where'er he lie.
"Epistle To A Young Clergyman" by Patrick Branwell Bronte

In news:

Other forms of forbidden knowledge may provoke self-restraint and withdrawal.
How self-knowledge influences interactions and perceptions.
Two renowned industry experts will share their knowledge of self-storage marketing and sales at the Inside Self-Storage World Expo, Oct 4-6, in a special back-to-back presentation on day two of the show.
Buying a gift for self-proclaimed foodies can be daunting, especially if you aren't as knowledgeable as they are on the subject.
Heifer 's projects strengthen rural families and communities through improved nourishment, increased production and the dissemination of skills and knowledge for self-reliance.
Nightmares have long terrified and mystified us, and historically they have been interpreted as omens, the work of demons, or sources of self-knowledge.
"Self-knowledge is a double-edged sword, but you could say the drugging to Sam and Marcus brings a dose of self-knowledge and that has a good side," the executive producer reveals in THR's weekly postmortem .
" Rastas would probably see calling yourself a dog as an indication of lack of self-knowledge," Edmonds said.
SAE International is a global body of scientists, engineers, and practitioners that advances self-propelled vehicle and system knowledge in a neutral forum for the benefit of society.
Better Self-Knowledge Through Explicit Mental Models.
And this knowledge leads to an interesting truth: if you build a machine that allows you to move a feather, but the feather moves only after a delay of a second, then you can tickle your- self.
We now seek a theatre knowledgeable self starter to join our small but dedicated team.
Oracle has debuted Oracle Knowledge 8.5, a knowledge management solution that applies enterprise data sets to online customer communities and agent-assisted and Web self-service interactions.
Diane Keaton displays self-knowledge in 'LHJ' cover.
Your Price: – Whitewater Self Defense will help recreational paddlers tackle their most worrisome question: 'Will I have the knowledge, skill, and equipment to help if someone in our group gets in trouble on the river.

In science:

We also note that the previoulsy mentioned studies were reported in the case of the random bond system with self-dual probability distributions of the coupling strengths in order to preserve the exact knowledge of the transition line.
Quenched bond dilution in two-dimensional Potts models
However, the latter problem is notoriously difficult and is, up to the best of our knowledge, open in the precision we would need in the present paper. (However, compare to interesting and deep work on self-intersections and mutual intersections by X.
Annealed deviations of random walk in random scenery
This review is intended to provide the reader with a rigorous, self-contained and up to date account of the present knowledge about this sub ject.
Random walks on graphs: ideas, techniques and results
The knowledge of G allows to compute Σ from which, exploiting the self-consistency condition (4) one finds a new Weiss field.
Solving Dynamical Mean-Field Theory at very low temperature using Lanczos Exact Diagonalization
Teyssier et al. 2010), this is the first time, to the best of our knowledge, that a momentum driven jet is implemented as AGN feedback in cosmological simulations and followed in a self-consistent way.
Jet-regulated cooling catastrophe