The Heart of the Matter
July 29, 2017
ON BEING YOURSELF: 25 Powerful Quotes to Contemplate


"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

"Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else." - Judy Garland

"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." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Don't you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can't be exactly who you are." - Lady Gaga

"Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love." - Rumi

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." - Bernard Baruch

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost." - Martha Graham

"Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness." - Allen Ginsburg


"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself." - Harvey Fierstein

"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you." - Lao Tzu

"About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all." - Rita Mae Brown

"A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to -- letting a person be what he really is." - Jim Morrison

"Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got." - Janis Joplin

"Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy -- the joy of being Salvador Dali -- and I ask myself in rapture: 'What wonderful things is this Salvador Dali going to accomplish today?'" - Salvadore Dali

"Find out who you are and do it on purpose." - Dolly Parton

"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it." - Bruce Lee

"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!" - John Lennon

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." - e.e. cummmings

"God has given you one face, and you make yourself another." - William Shakespeare

"When I was a child my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll be the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso." - Pablo Picasso

"Our time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." - Steve Jobs

"It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not." - Andre Gide

"I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don't let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory." - Jim Carrey

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at July 29, 2017 01:13 PM

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