The thought-bombs in this chapter aim to get at the nature of the self, including our reactions to the world, such as anger, expectations, self-pity, belief, (non)conformity, and so on. Other clusters look at responsibility, maturity, and the body. A sampling of the quotes:

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.  
—Gautama Buddha

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
—Lao Tzu

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
—Mohandas Gandhi

Imagine awaking from a torpor having forgotten how your friends and family see you. Perhaps, unchained from everyone’s expectations for how you ought to behave, you could be whoever you liked.
—Christian Jarrett

Living things tend to change unrecognizably as they grow. Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larva, the iris from the bud, the lawyer from the infant? Flora or fauna, we are all shape-shifters and magical reinventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.
—Diane Ackerman

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
—Viktor Frankl

Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect; they mark our limitations and our bounds.
—José Ortega y Gasset

I am never upset for the reason I think.
Helen Schucman

People in a temper often say a lot of silly, terrible things they mean.
—Penelope Gilliatt

Anybody can become angry—that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way—that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.

Anxiety is fear of one’s self.
—Wilhelm Stekel

I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.
—D.H. Lawrence

Would you like you if you met you? 
—Tegan and Sara

People focus on role models; it is more effective to find anti-models—people you don’t want to resemble when you grow up.
—Nassim N. Taleb

Maturity is reached the day we don’t need to be lied to about anything.
—Frank Yerby

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
 —Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
—George Bernard Shaw

I don’t believe anything, but I have many suspicions.
—Robert Anton Wilson

A wise man once said, Convention is like the shell to the chick, a protection till he is strong enough to break it through.
—Learned Hand

Even the best of us are at least part-time bastards.
 ―Mary Karr

What a strange machine man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and out comes sighs, laughter, and dreams.
―Nikos Kazantzakis

I am human; nothing human is alien to me.

Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
—Erich Fromm

The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics.
―Lawrence M. Krauss

Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am.
—Thomas Merton