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self-knowledge

[self-nol-ij, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈnɒl ɪdʒ, ˈsɛlf-/
noun
1.
knowledge or understanding of oneself, one's character, abilities, motives, etc.
Origin of self-knowledge
1605-1615
1605-15
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  • self-knowledge is the key to this casket; and by reflection alone can it be obtained.

    Aids to Reflection Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Yet without this self-knowledge there may be a sylvan strength and integrity in that which he is.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • self-knowledge is the property of that man whose passions have their play, but who ponders over their results.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • Or is self-knowledge a difficult thing, which few are able to attain?

    Alcibiades I (may be spurious) Plato
  • Consciousness or self-knowledge, therefore, is the very essense of Abstract light, as distinguished from the negation of light.

  • This bespoke insight and self-knowledge, by which he surpassed Colet.

  • Otherwise he had slipped into a sure place in her self-knowledge.

    Coquette Frank Swinnerton
British Dictionary definitions for self-knowledge

self-knowledge

noun
1.
knowledge of one's own character, etc
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