“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” — Oscar Wilde

I understand the irony of using someone else’s words to comment on this, but it fits so perfectly.

You are quite right, Zat. I had noticed that very thing in my own life. For instance, I had been familiar with Socrates advice, “know thyself” for so long, but only after I arrived at the same conclusion with my own thinking and experience I truly understood its importance.