Self

He hath known God who hath known himself.

Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 178

The tongue I have designed for the mention of Me, defile it not with detraction. If the fire of self overcome you, remember your own faults and not the faults of My creatures, inasmuch as every one of you knoweth his own self better than he knoweth others.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Persian Hidden Words 66

Alas for them! They have deluded themselves with a fable, and to indulge their appetites they have done away with their own selves. They gave up everlasting glory in exchange for human pride, and they sacrificed greatness in both worlds to the demands of the insistent self.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 259

Despair, both here and hereafter, is all you will gain from self-indulgence; abomination and misery are all you will harvest from fanaticism, from believing the foolish and the mindless.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 103

Forget self and work for the whole race.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 124

If thou seekest to be intoxicated with the cup of the Most Mighty Gift, cut thyself from the world and be quit of self and desire. Exert thyself night and day until spiritual powers may penetrate thy heart and soul. Abandon the body and the material, until the merciful powers may become manifest; because not until the soil is become pure will it develop through the heavenly bounty; not until the heart is purified, will the radiance of the Sun of Truth shine therein.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 362