Read thyself

Read thyself

Who first said ‘Know thyself’? A friend and I were trying to remember this the other day. Shakespeare maybe? Aristotle?  I looked it up online when I got home and learned it was Socrates, or at least Socrates’ words as reported by Plato .

 

As I read further I learned that Hobbes used a different expression – he wrote ‘Read thyself.’ I love this version. It suggests a way you can learn to know yourself. You have the text there before you – you! You stand off and observe yourself acting, thinking, doing, not doing. And you analyse and interpret and understand the person that you are. Works for me . . .  I think.