Ralph Waldo EmersonTo be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Mark TwainWhenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).
Dr. SeussYou have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...
Gustave FlaubertDo not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
Robert FrostNever be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
RumiYour task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
E. E. CummingsTo be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.
Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
Pablo NerudaSomeday, somewhere - anywhere, unfailingly, you'll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.
August WilsonConfront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.
Gautama BuddhaYou yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection
Lois McMaster BujoldReputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.
C. S. LewisIt is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.
Ernest HemingwayThe most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.
Jim MorrisonExpose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
Friedrich NietzscheNo one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.
Harvey FiersteinNever be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.
Hermann HesseIf you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
Judy GarlandAlways be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.
George SandGuard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
Ralph Waldo EmersonDare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.
Jordan BelfortThe only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it.
Henry David ThoreauBe yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.
Dr. SeussYou can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.
Margaret AtwoodIf you're put on a pedestal, you're supposed to behave yourself like a pedestal type of person. Pedestals actually have a limited circumference. Not much room to move around.
C. S. LewisI know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?
Neil GaimanIt's like the people who believe they'll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn't work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. If you see what I mean.
Derek WalcottThe time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome.
C. S. LewisNow the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.
Henry David ThoreauDo not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
Thich Nhat HanhTo be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.
Rainer Maria RilkeFind out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.
Steven SpielbergWhen I was a kid, there was no collaboration; it's you with a camera bossing your friends around. But as an adult, filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself.
Contradict yourself. In order to live, you must remain broken up.
William FaulknerAlways dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
Alan MooreArtists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself.
Oscar WildeI may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.
David ByrneI use a stream-of-consciousness approach; if you don't censor yourself, you end up with what you're most concerned about, but you haven't filtered it through your conscious mind. Then you craft it.
Amy SedarisWhen people tell me they are going to go scrapbooking, I say, 'Why don't you make it yourself.' It's like chocolate-chip cookies. People buy the cookie-dough roll and slice it, and then they lay it on a cookie sheet. That's not making chocolate-chip cookies.
MadonnaNo matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you've come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.
Anderson CooperI think you have to be yourself, and you have to be real and you have to admit what you don't know, and talk about what you do know, and talk about what you don't know as long as you say you don't know it.
Steven SpielbergOne of the gratuities about being a director is that you can volunteer yourself out of difficult details.
Edgar DegasYou must aim high, not in what you are going to do at some future date, but in what you are going to make yourself do to-day. Otherwise, working is just a waste of time.
Karl LagerfeldDon’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.
Antonin ArtaudNever tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.
Marilyn MonroeJust because you fall once, doesn't mean you're fall at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always trust yourself, because if you don't then who will??
Jordan BelfortThe story that you tell yourself is exactly what holds you back from being successful.
Friedrich NietzscheYou must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?
Margaret AtwoodCanada is a balloon-puncturing country. You are not really allowed to be an icon unless you also make an idiot of yourself.
Haruki MurakamiAs time goes on, you'll understand. What lasts, lasts; what doesn't, doesn't. Time solves most things. And what time can't solve, you have to solve yourself.
Steven SpielbergYou can't intellectually purge yourself of who you are. Whatever that is, it's going to come out in the wash, the film wash. What you are is going to be relevant, if not to yourself, to the movies you make.
Henry David ThoreauLive in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.
Oprah WinfreyBreathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.
Nelson MandelaThere is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
Roseanne BarrI'm enjoying my life, post-menopause, so much. It's just so great to grow into yourself, and not be bothered with all that tyranny of biology.