Quotes for
the Journey:

Individuality



  
Individuality is freedom lived.


John Dos Passos

   
I know now that most people are so closely concerned with themselves that they are not aware of their own individuality; I can see myself, and it has helped me to say what I want to say. . . in paint.        -Georgia O'Keeffe
   
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 the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.  And this I must fight against:  Any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.        -John Steinbeck
   

Be yourself.  Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.       -John Jakes

   

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

   

Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making.        -William James

    
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.        -Eleanor Roosevelt

  
I 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.       -Robert D. Ballard

    
Had I to carve an inscription on my tombstone I would ask for none other than "The Individual."         -Søren Kierkegaard
    

The diversity of the family should be a cause of love 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 think, 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.        -Stacey Charter

    

Individuality is either the mark of genius or the reverse.  Mediocrity finds safety in standardization.       -Frederick E. Crane

    

Individuality is only possible if it unfolds from wholeness.       -David Bohm

   

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy that is translated through you; and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.        -Martha Graham

    

The more we let each voice sing out with its own true tone, the richer will be the diversity of the chant in unison.        -Angelus Silesius

   

It is an absolute perfection. . . to get the very most out of one's individuality.        -Michel de Montaigne

   

   
Each 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
 
  
Since 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 Mandino, The 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
    
The 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. Burroughs
  

   
We are all born originals.  Why is it so many of us die copies?     -Edward Young
  
You were born an original.  Don't die a copy.     -John Mason
  
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 Naomi Remen
  

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