I know now that most people are so closely
with themselves that they are not aware of their own
individuality; I can see myself, and it has helped me
what I want to say. . . in paint.
This I believe: That the free, exploring
mind of the
individual human is the most valuable thing in the
world. And this I would fight for: The freedom of
to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And
I must fight against: Any idea, religion, or
which limits or destroys the individual.
Above all, let who
you are, what you are,
what you believe, shine through every
you write, every piece you finish.
The individual has always had to struggle to keep
being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you
be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no
is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Individuality is founded in
feeling; and the recesses
of feeling, the darker, blinder strata
are the only places in the world in which
real fact in the making.
|Since everybody is an individual, nobody can be
you. You are unique. No one can tell you how to use
your time. It is yours. Your life is your own.
You mold it. You make it.
think everyone is unique. We know that. The only way
you find out what you are
is by trying everything, and then at some point you take what
you are, which
is unique. Don't ever try to mimic anybody, because you
will only be second best. You can never outshine the thing you are trying to mimic, so
don't ever do that. Don't idol worship. Finally, be yourself. Then you
are going to be really unique and
exciting. People are going to beat a path to your door if
you polish your inner self.
|Had I to carve an inscription on my tombstone
would ask for none other than "The Individual."
The diversity of the family should be a cause of
and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes
blend together in the making of a perfect chord.
-from the Baha'i Scriptures
There comes a time when you
have to stand up and shout: This is me damn it! I look the way I look, think the way I
feel the way I feel, love the way I love! I am a whole
complex package. Take me... or leave me. Accept me - or walk
away! Do not try to make me feel like less of a person, just
because I don't
fit your idea of who I should be and don't try
to change me
to fit your mold. If I need to change, I alone will
make that decision. When you are strong enough to love yourself 100%, good and bad--you will be amazed at the opportunities that life presents you.
Individuality is either the mark of genius or the
reverse. Mediocrity finds safety in standardization.
-Frederick E. Crane
Individuality is only
from wholeness. -David Bohm
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy that is
through you; and because there is only
one of you in all of
time, this expression is unique.
The more we let each
of the chant in unison.
is an absolute perfection. . .
the very most
out of one's individuality.
one of us is God's special work of art, a painting like no other
in all of time. -Joni Eareckson Tada
|If you violate
the true nature of individuals, they will suffer and in some ways
die. Accept and nourish individuality in yourself and
others, and you will harvest a rich gathering of talent and
stimulation. -Vivian Elisabeth Glyck, 12
Lessons on Life I Learned from My Garden
|Like snowflakes, the human
pattern is never cast twice. We are uncommonly and
marvelously intricate in thought and
action. -Alice Childress
the beginning of time, never has there been another with my mind,
my heart, my eyes, my ears, my hands, my hair, my mouth.
None that came before, none that live today, and none that come
tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like me.
All people are my brothers and sisters yet I am different from
each. I am a unique creature. -Og
Greatest Salesman in the World
|Maybe someone in your life has
said hurtful things about your personality, your appearance, or
your abilities and you've altered yourself for their approval.
Understand, just because somebody says something about you,
doesn't make it true. Just as I told my friend, I'm telling
you today: You are created in the image of Almighty God and
He gave you the gifts and personality you have for a purpose.
You may not be like everyone else, but that's okay. Be who
God made you to be and do not be defined by the opinions of other
people. -Victoria Osteen
first and most important thing individuals can do is to become
individuals again, decontrol themselves, train themselves as to
what is going on and win back as much independent ground for
themselves as possible. -William S.
|We are all
born originals. Why is it so many of us die copies?
were born an original. Don't die a copy.
|I am shocked
to have discovered this morning that I am the only me there is.
I think this is the key to everything--compassion, kindness, trust
of life, mystery. A genuine and not inflated sense of
importance and self-value. I've spent most of my life
comparing myself to other men. Are they ahead of me in Forbes?
Do they sit on more powerful boards? Are they smarter?
Sexier? Do they have more hair? And all the time there
is this other way of seeing things. I am not one of the
motors my company produces by the hundreds of thousands. I
am handmade. Less than perfect but more a work of creation
than a product of technology. And I am not alone in this.
Everyone is the only "me" there is.
-unattributed (an unknown cancer survivor), related by Rachel
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