Sunday, May 01, 2005

Quotations about Being Yourself

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.  ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.  ~Samuel Johnson If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag.  ~Author Unknown At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.  ~Johann von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther, 1774 We are betrayed by what is false within.  ~George Meredith No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.  Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.  ~Oscar Wilde Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.  ~Dr. Seuss No creature is fully itself till it is, like the dandelion, opened in the bloom of pure relationship to the sun, the entire living cosmos.  ~D.H. Lawrence Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.  ~Eric Hoffer It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.  ~Desiderius Erasmus All the mistakes I make arise from forsaking my own station and trying to see the object from another person's point of view.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Be what you are.  This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.  ~Julius Charles Hare We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.  ~André Berthiaume, Contretemps An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.  ~Honoré de Balzac, "Scnes de la vie Parisienne," La Maison Nucingen, 1838 He who travels in search of something which he has not got, travels away from himself and grows old even in youth among old things.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance" There lurks, perhaps, in every human heart a desire of distinction, which inclines every man first to hope, and then to believe, that Nature has given him something peculiar to himself.  ~Samuel Johnson You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny.  The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.  ~Irene C. Kassorla Is life not a hundred times too short for us to stifle ourselves.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche You were born an original.  Don't die a copy.  ~John Mason It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.  ~Andre Gide There is in a man an upwelling spring of life, energy, love, whatever you like to call it.  If a course is not cut for it, it turns the ground round it into a swamp.  ~Mark Rutherford (William Hale White), More Pages from a Journal, 1910 Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.  ~Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.  ~François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims, 1665 Man would be "otherwise."  That's the essence of the specifically human.  ~Antonio Machado Individualism is rather like innocence:  There must be something unconscious about it.  ~Louis Kronenberger, Company Manners, 1954 We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.  ~Kurt Vonnegut One's real life is often the life that one does not lead.  ~Oscar Wilde, L'Envoi to Rose-leaf and Apple-leaf, 1882 The white light streams down to be broken up by those human prisms into all the colors of the rainbow.  ~Charles R. Brown Rabbi Zusya said that on the Day of Judgment, God would ask him, not why he had not been Moses, but why he had not been Zusya.  ~Walter Kaufmann Related Quotations: Conformity,  Self,  Self-Discovery Page Information: document.write(LastUpdate())                              


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