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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? 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, 1960's book of schizophrenia
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
6,276. This above all: to thine own self be true. (Self & Truth) ibid. I iii 78, Polonius to Laertes
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