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Jean BaudrillardIt is always the same: once you are liberated, you are forced to ask who you are.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

Golda MeirTrust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.

—  Golda Meir, 1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister

Jean BaudrillardAmericans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

Lao-TzuWhen I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

William ShakespeareWe know what we are, but know not what we may be.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Hamlet

Lao-TzuThe snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

George Bernard ShawLife isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Lao-TzuThe way to do is to be.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Mahatma GandhiA man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Wolfgang GoetheOne must be something in order to do something.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheTo become what one is, one must not have the faintest idea what one is.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Woody AllenMy one regret in life is that I am not someone else.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director

Andy WarholIt’s not what you are that counts, it’s what they think you are.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Jean-Paul SartreI exist, that is all, and I find it nauseating.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Jean-Paul SartreA man is what he wills himself to be.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Oscar WildeBe yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Oscar WildeMost people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonTo be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Gore VidalStyle is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Fernando PessoaIt's been a long time since I've been me.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Albert CamusMan is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Stanislaw Jerzy LecIn order for you to be yourself, you have to be somebody first.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

G. K. ChestertonDo not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Jean CocteauBe yourself. The world worships the original.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Karl JungI am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Karl JungYou are what you do, not what you say you'll do.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Sigmund FreudWe are what we are because we have been what we have been.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

André GideBe faithful to that which exists within yourself.

—  André Gide, 1869-1951, French writer, Nobel 1947

André GideIt is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.

—  André Gide, 1869-1951, French writer, Nobel 1947

Bob DylanAll I can be is me- whoever that is.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

Bob DylanI'm glad I'm not me.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

Movie Quotes

Spartacus (1960)I'm Spartacus!...

—  from the film Spartacus (1960)


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