Quotes for
the Journey:


If you seek authenticity
for authenticity's sake you
are no longer authentic.

Jean-Paul Sartre

I believe one of our souls' major purposes is to know, love, and express our authentic selves.  To live the life and be the person we were created to be.  However, our true selves only emerge when it's safe to do so.  Self-condemnation, shame, and guilt send your true nature into hiding.  It's only in the safety of gentle curiosity, encouragement, and self-love that your soul can bloom as it was created to do.      -Sue Patton Thoele

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at,
with originality, which they should never bother about.      -W.H. Auden

We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.       -Barbara De Angelis
The more authentic you become, the more genuine in your expression, particularly regarding personal experiences and even self-doubts, the more people can relate to your expression and the safer it makes them feel to express themselves.  That expression in turn feeds back on the other person's spirit, and genuine creative empathy takes place, producing new insights and learnings.      -Stephen Covey

Once you accept and rejoice in your authenticity, you begin to see things as YOU are.  You begin to see the authentic self is the Soul made visible.  Godspeed on your journey to wholeness.      -Sarah Ban Breathnach


Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.     -Richard Bach

You cannot fail at being yourself.  A cat doesn't try to be a tiger, and you shouldn't try to be something you aren't.  You are a process, not a product.  Your job is to discover what you are and create that creature.  You still won't be perfect, but success isn't about perfection--it is about authenticity.  You are a success if you are being your real, authentic self.      -Bernie Siegel


Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it.       -William James

Do not carry the burden of the past; do not live in the future.  The only important thing is that one lives in the present authentically and fully.  Whatever your current life is, be the most you can be by living in the moment.
-Chan Chih
The eighteenth-century German philosopher Johann Herder taught that each person has an original and unique manner of being human.  The task is to develop it.  According to Nietzsche, a person is known by his or her "style," that is, by the unique pattern that gives unity and distinctiveness to a person's activities.  Style articulates the uniqueness of the self.  Rather than fitting one's life into the demands of external conformity, rather than living one's life as an imitation of the life of another, one should look to find the authentic self within.  One should labor to develop one's own unique style in crafting one's soul.  An individual who denies his or her own individuality articulates life with a voice other than that which is uniquely his or her own.  A person who suppresses his or her own self is in danger of missing the point of his or her own existence, of surrendering what being human means.
-Byron L. Sherwin, in Crafting the Soul
To think is easy.  To act is difficult.  To act as one thinks is the most difficult.      -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Each person had only one genuine vocation -- to find the way to himself. . . . One's task was to discover one's own destiny -- not an arbitrary one -- and to live it out wholly and resolutely within oneself.  Everything else was only a would-be existence, an attempt at evasion, a flight back to the ideals of the masses, conformity, and fear of one's own inwardness.      -Herman Hesse, in his novel Demian 

The task is to recognize that you are uniquely special, have something to give, some talent no one else shares in quite the same way.  This gift needs to blossom so we can appreciate and enjoy the benefits of it and acknowledge you for it.   You owe this to yourself and to all of us to honor your gifts, for only when you share your unique joy with the world does the entire world benefit.  Every advance mankind has known has come because of someone's effort.  Don't let shyness rob you and the world of the power and the passion that lies within you.  No one can be all that you will be except you yourself.  Follow your passion.      -Joel Garfinkle


Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
-Dr. Seuss


It is finally when you let go of what people expect you to be and people's perceptions of you that you're able to be the version of yourself that you're supposed to be-- like in God's eyes.  It doesn't matter if you're half crazy, or eccentric, or whatever it is-- that you have to be true to who you were born to be.      -Gwyneth Paltrow


It's a funny thing, how it works.  The moment we stop trying so hard to be someone, we become ourselves--only what was there all along, waiting and peeking out from behind all the masks we wore.  And when this happens, we discover that Who We Really Are is much greater than anything we might have pretended or even hoped to be.
-Jacob Nordby
The struggle to excavate your true, authentic self from beneath the mountain of conditioning and ridiculous expectation is the epic struggle of your lifetime.     -Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders
Often misconstrued, authenticity is not about being an open book, revealing every detail of yourself without rhyme or reason.  It is simply the act of openly and courageously seeing what needs to be seen, saying what needs to be said, doing what needs to be done, and becoming that which you are intent on being.     -Scott Edmund Miller
The closer you stay to emotional authenticity and people, character authenticity, the less you can go wrong. That's how I feel now, no matter what you're doing.     -David O. Russell
That inner voice has both gentleness and clarity. So to get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone, to the honesty, and the inevitability of something.     -Meredith Monk
Anyone who really loves you wants you to be authentic.  And anyone who doesn't want you to be authentic doesn't really love you.     -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
What it means to be authentic:
- to be more concerned with truth than opinions
- to be sincere and not pretend
- to be free from hypocrisy:  walk your talk
- to know who you are and to be that person
- to not fear others seeing your vulnerabilities
- being confident to walk away from situations where you can't be yourself
- being awake to your own feelings
- being free from others' opinions of you
- accepting and loving yourself

Sue Fitzmaurice

Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day.  It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest.  The choice to let our true selves be seen.     -BrenÚ Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
When you honor your most authentic self--your Spirit--you are allowing your Light to shine and touch the world.  Living authentically, in its simplest terms, is living your Truth, the truth in your heart and soul. It's allowing yourself to be guided by Divine Truth and Wisdom, each and every day, and doing your Highest, most authentic work in the world.  It's joyfully creating and living your Highest purpose!     -Valerie Rickel
Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.     -BrenÚ Brown, Daring Greatly
How would your life be different if you approached all relationships with authenticity and honesty?  Let today be the day that you dedicate yourself to building relationships on the solid foundation of truth and authenticity.     -Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.     -May Sarton
Finally and most important of all, authenticity means that you must do what you do the way you do it and allow everyone else the same courtesy.  There was a time I wanted to be like every famous writer that ever lived.  I tried to copy styles, reframe information, use similar artwork.  I almost drove myself crazy!  Now I just do what I do.  I have mentors.  There are people whose work I admire, but I write the way I write.  I eat the way I eat.  I dress the way I dress.  I can't believe that God made us each so unique only to have us do everything the same way.     -Iyanla Vanzant
When you awaken to what I call the Authentic Self, which is the spiritual or evolutionary impulse, what begins to emerge is the dawning recognition of the fact that each one of us, at our highest level, is that Authentic Self, which is actually the same energy and intelligence that originally inspired the entire creative process.  You begin to intuit and feel directly connected to the very impulse that initiated the whole event fourteen billion years ago and is driving it right now.     -Andrew Cohen
When one is pretending the entire body revolts.     -Ana´s Nin
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.     -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.


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