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321. If it’s true that we’re all from the center of a star, every atom of us from the center star, then we’re all the same thing ... all been recycled thousands of times ... therefore it’s only me out there. So what is there to be afraid of? What is there that needs solace-seeking? Nothing. There’s nothing to be afraid of because it’s all us. The trouble is, we have been separated by being born and given a name, an identity, being individuated. We’ve been separated from the oneness and that’s what religion exploits – that people have this yearning to be part of the overall one again – so they exploit that, they call it God, they say he has rules, and I think that’s cruel. I think you do it absent religion. (Religion & God & Universe & Nothing & Self & Cosmology & Astronomy) George Carlin
6,304. I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It's so fuckin’ heroic. (Self & Life’s Like That) George Carlin
6,307. I often warn people: Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, There is no I in team. What you should tell them is, Maybe not. But there is an I in independence, individuality and integrity. George Carlin
6,240. The self-esteem movement began in 1970 and I’m happy to say it has been a complete failure. George Carlin
6,241. Imagine that – sociopaths have high self-esteem. George Carlin
6,242. At what age do you go from being special to being not so special? (Self & Children) George Carlin
389. I do not believe in forgiveness as it is preached by the church. We do not need the forgiveness of God, but of each other and of ourselves. (Religion & Self & Forgiveness) Robert Ingersoll, What Must We Do to be Saved? XI The Evangelical Alliance
6,329. It is a blessed thing that in every age someone has had the individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions. (Self & Individual & Conviction) Robert Ingersoll
640. Everything of value that people get from religion can be had more honestly, without presuming anything on insufficient evidence. The rest is self-deception, set to music. (Religion & Self & Evidence) Sam Harris
86,026. The divided self. (Psychology & Self & Division & Mental Health) R D Laing, title of book on schizophrenia 1960
6,274. Is love possible? Is freedom possible? Is the truth possible? Is it possible to be one’s actual self with another human being? Is it possible to be a human being any more? Is it possible to be a person? Do persons even exist? (Self & Love & Freedom & Truth & Humanity & Individual) R D Laing, psychiatrist
6,281. Thou art a traitor and a miscreant,
Too good to be so, and too bad to live. William Shakespeare, Richard II I i 19-20, Bolingbroke to King Richard et al
6,282. I cannot hide what I am. I must be sad when I have cause, and smile at no man’s jests; eat when I have stomach, and wait for no man’s leisure; sleep when I am drowsy, and tend to no man’s business; laugh when I am merry, and claw no man in his humour. (I & Individuality & Self) William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing I iii 13-18, Don John to Conrad
45,991. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in the stars but in ourselves. (Shakespeare & Fault & Self & Star) William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar 1970 starring Charlton Heston & Diana Rigg & Jason Robards & Christopher Lee & John Gielgud & Robert Vaughn & Richard Chamberlain & Richard Johnson & Jill Bennett et al, director Stuart Burge
844. This above all: to thine own self be true. (Truth & Self) William Shakespeare, Hamlet I iii 78, Polonius to Laertes
845. But what we do determine oft we break.
Purpose is but the slave to memory ...
Most necessary ’tis that we forget
To pay ourselves what to ourselves is debt
... Our wills and fates do so contrary run
That our devices still are overthrown. (Truth & Self) ibid. III ii 180-181, Player King
6.277. Oh what a rogue and peasant slave am I! (Self & I) ibid. II ii 523, Hamlet
6,283. I am myself indifferent honest. But yet I could accuse me of such things, that it were better my mother had not borne me. I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at my beck than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in. What should such fellows as I do crawling between earth and heaven? We are arrant knaves all; believe none of us. (Self & Honesty & Fault & Offence) ibid. II i 123-129, Hamlet
6,278. But what we do determine oft we break.
Purpose is but the slave to memory ...
Most necessary ’tis that we forget
To pay ourselves what to ourselves is debt ...
Our wills and fates do so contrary run
That our devices still are overthrown. (Self & Promise) ibid. III ii @ 180
6,279. Our wills and fates do so contrary run
That our devices still are overthrown. (Self & Fate & Will) ibid. III ii 199-200
6,280. Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be. ibid. IV v 42-43, Ophelia
1,196. I never found man that knew how to love himself. (Life’s Like That & Man & Love & Self) William Shakespeare, Othello I iii 313-314, Iago
6,284. To know my deed ’twere best not know myself. (Self & Deed) William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth II ii 71, Macbeth
872. As soon as you trust yourself you will know how to live. (Trust & Self) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
6,258. Let each man sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean. Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
6,259. I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
6,315. You can’t, if you can’t feel it, if it never
arises from the soul, and sways
The heart of every single hearer,
With deepest power, in simple ways.
You’ll sit forever, gluing things together,
Cooking up a stew from other’s scraps,
Blowing on a miserable fire,
Made from your heap of dying ash.
Let apes and children praise your art,
If their admiration’s to your taste,
But you’ll never speak from heart to heart,
Unless it rises up from your heart’s space. (Self & Life’s Like That) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
953. And above all things, never think that you’re not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning. (Belief & Self & Life’s Like That) Isaac Asimov
1,087. One always dies too soon – or too late. And yet one’s whole life is complete at that moment, with a line drawn neatly under it, ready for the summing up. You are – your life. And nothing else. (Life’s Like That & Self & Death) Jean-Paul Sartre
1,097. Man is condemned to be free. Condemned because he did not create himself, yet is nevertheless at liberty, and from the moment he is thrown into this world he is responsible for everything he does. (Life’s Like That & Man & Freedom & Liberty & Responsibility & Self) Jean-Paul Sartre
1,127. Droll thing life is – that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose. The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself – that comes too late – a crop of inextinguishable regrets. (Life’s Like That & Logic & Self & Regret) Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
5,270. I don’t like work – no man does – but I like what is in the work – the chance to find yourself. Your own reality – for yourself not for others – what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means. (Work & Self) Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness