6,206. The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. (Individual & Self & Conformity) Friedrich Nietzsche
4,207. What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. (World & Do & Self & Selfishness) Albert Pike
4,245. It is an uneasy lot at best, to be what we call highly taught and yet not to enjoy: to be present at this great spectacle of life and never to be liberated from a small hungry shivering self. (Humanity & Education & Life’s Like That & Self) George Eliot, Middlemarch
4,467. So, now I shall talk every night. To myself. To the moon. I shall walk, as I did tonight, jealous of my loneliness, in the blue-silver of the cold moon, shining brilliantly on the drifts of fresh-fallen snow, with the myriad sparkles. I talk to myself and look at the dark trees, blessedly neutral. So much easier than facing people, than having to look happy, invulnerable, clever. (People & Self) Sylvia Plath, Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams
4,476. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. (People & Life’s Like That & Self & Advice) Steve Jobs
4,511. What ought a man to be? Well, my short answer is ‘himself’. (Man & Self) Henrik Ibsen, Peer Gynt 1867
5,501. The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first. (Freedom & Self & Revolution) Jim Morrison
5,552. Real freedom is freedom from the opinions of others. Above all, freedom from your opinions about yourself. (Freedom & Opinion & Self) Brennan Manning, The Wisdom of Tenderness
5,554. We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? (Freedom & Change & Self & Happiness) Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras
6,162. To be silent the whole day long, see no newspaper, hear no radio, listen to no gossip, be thoroughly and completely lazy, thoroughly and completely indifferent to the fate of the world is the finest medicine a man can give himself. (Society & Self & Advice) Henry Miller
6,200. I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself. (Society & Pleasure & Self) Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
6,205. To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. (Individual & Self & Conformity & Fight) e e cummings
9,584. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. (Courage & Self & Children) e e cummings
6,233. Be yourself, don’t take anyone’s shit, and never let them take you alive. (Self & Advice) Gerard Way
6,234. Be that self which one truly is. Soren Kierkegaard
6,235. Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are. Soren Kierkegaard
6,236. Don’t forget to love yourself. Soren Kierkegaard
6,237. That sweet bondage which is freedom's self. (Self & Freedom) Percy Bysshe Shelley, Queen Mab
6,238. Oft-times nothing profits more
Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right
Well managed. John Milton, Paradise Lost 8:571
6,239. We’re all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life! Tennessee Williams, Orpheus Descending 1958
6,243. Not in the clamour of the crowded street,
Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng,
But in ourselves, and triumph and defeat. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Poets 1876
6,253. It’s bullshit! Breaking boards, walking on glass, psychology seminars and counter-groups, self-improvement books and videos, even walking on hot coals. Penn & Teller, Bullshit! Self-Helpless s1e9
6,254. There are over thirty thousand self-help books in the US alone. ibid.
6,244. Over-inflated self-esteem is bullshit. Penn & Teller, Bullshit! Self-Esteem s8e9
6,245. Is low self-esteem really the root of all evil? ibid.
6,246. Does anyone think this stuff works? ibid.
6,247. In 1987 the State of California created the Californian Task Force to prove once and for all that low self-esteem was responsible for everything from poor academic achievement to criminal achievement. (Self & California) ibid.
6,248. Are we creating a nation of narcissists? ibid.
6,249. What makes us who we are? Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman: What Makes Us Who We Are?
6,250. Is our sense of self constructed from the memories of who we once were and our imagination of who we hope to be? (Self & Memory & Imagination) ibid.
6,251. Could we change who we are? ibid.
6,255. Resolve to be thyself: and know that he
Who finds himself, loses his misery. (Self & Misery) Matthew Arnold, Self-Dependence, 1852
6,356. Weary of myself, and sick of asking
What I am, and what I ought to be,
At this vessel’s prow I stand, which bears me
Forwards, forwards, o’er the starlit sea. Matthew Arnold
6,256. Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish. (Self & Writing) John Jakes