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) ibid.
1,149. The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be oneself. (Life’s Like That & Self) Montaigne aka Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essais 1580
6,288. The most terrible and violent of our afflictions is to despise our own beings. Michel de Montaigne
76,776. I think therefore I am. (I & Think & Self) Rene Descartes
6,286. And the first problem with having a mind, Montaigne thought, is that it makes for awkward relations with our bodies. (Self & Mind & Body) Alain de Botton, Philosophy: Montaigne on Self-Esteem
6,287. Montaigne was inviting us not to be humiliated by aspects of ourselves. (Self & Mind & Body) ibid.
2,073. Just be yourself, sir. Whatever happens they can’t take that away from you. (Life’s Like That & Self) Trading Places 1983 starring Dan Aykroyd & Eddie Murphy & Ralph Bellamy & Don Ameche & Denholm Elliott & Jamie Lee Curtis et al, director John Landis, servant to Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy)
2,190. I think the importance of life is to like yourself. If you don’t like yourself nothing means anything ... What’s the point of living if you don’t like who you are? (Life’s Like That & Like & Self) Aaron Russo, interview Alex Jones
2,199. One is what one is. (Life’s Like That & Self) Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot starring Stephen Brennan & Barry McGovern & Johnny Murphy & Sam McGovern et al, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Vladimir
3,165. When I consider the small span of my life absorbed in the eternity of all time, or the small part of space which I can touch or see engulfed by the infinite immensity of spaces that I know not and that know me not, I am frightened and astonished to see myself here instead of there … now instead of then. (Space & Life & Self) Blaise Pascal
2,268. The self is hateful. (Self & Hate) Blaise Pascal, Pensees 1670
3,522. Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. (Star & Dream & Self & Change & World) Harriet Tubman
4,136. To truly know the world, look deeply within your own being; to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world. (World & Knowledge & Self) Rudolf Steiner, Verses and Meditations
2,269. Each individual is a species unto himself. Rudolf Steiner
4,184. We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell. (World & Self & Devil & Hell) Oscar Wilde
6,273. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. (Self & Identity & Opinion & Quotation & People) Oscar Wilde
6,310. I won't tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world's voice, or the voice of society. They matter a good deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely — or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose! Oscar Wilde
97,529. The aim of life is self-development. To realise one’s nature perfectly- that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one’s self. (Life’s Like That & Self) Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
6,341. In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place. (Self & Existence & Wild & Rubbish) ibid.
6,358. The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul? Oscar Wilde, De Profundis
9,617. A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotion. I want to use them, to enjoy them and to dominate them. (Self & Emotion) Oscar Wilde
6,298. You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. (Self & Right) Friedrich Nietzsche
6,316. Giving style to one’s character – a great and rare art! It is exercised by those who see all the strengths and weaknesses of their own natures and then comprehend them in an artistic plan until everything appears as art and reason and even weakness delights the eye. (Self & Character & Humanity) Friedrich Nietzsche
6,219. It is the business of the very few to be independent; it is a privilege of the strong. And whoever attempts it, even with the best right, but without being OBLIGED to do so, proves that he is probably not only strong, but also daring beyond measure. He enters into a labyrinth, he multiplies a thousandfold the dangers which life in itself already brings with it; not the least of which is that no one can see how and where he loses his way, becomes isolated, and is torn piecemeal by some minotaur of conscience. Supposing such a one comes to grief, it is so far from the comprehension of men that they neither feel it, nor sympathize with it. And he cannot any longer go back! He cannot even go back again to the sympathy of men! (Individual & Self) Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil