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One must not make oneself cheap here - that is a cardinal point - or else one is done. Whoever is most impertinent has the best chance.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.
To place oneself in the position of God is painful: being God is equivalent to being tortured. For being God means that one is in harmony with all that is, including the worst. The existence of the worst evils is unimaginable unless God willed them.
When one does away with oneself one does the most estimable thing possible: one thereby almost deserves to live.
Testing oneself is best when done alone.
Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.
To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
I may attempt a novel. I think that no matter what you write, it requires being honest with oneself, and you have to pull yourself out of the whirlwind of daily life.
Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better.
Freeing oneself from words is liberation.
Life at any time can become difficult: life at any time can become easy. It all depends upon how one adjusts oneself to life.
Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
Abraham Joshua Heschel
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
A chair's function is not just to provide a place to sit; it is to provide a medium for self-expression. Chairs are about status, for example. Or signalling something about oneself. That's why the words chair, seat and bench have found themselves used to describe high status professions, from academia to Parliament to the law.
The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment.
James A. Baldwin
The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.
A value is valuable when the value of value is valuable to oneself.
Any opportunity to adorn oneself is human, and accessories are an easy way to do it.
If it was necessary to tolerate in other people everything that one permits oneself, life would be unbearable.
It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting.
We are all murderers and prostitutes - no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.
R. D. Laing
Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
Money can add very much to one's ability to lead a constructive life, not only pleasant for oneself, but, hopefully, beneficial to others.
Perfecting oneself is as much unlearning as it is learning.
To make oneself hated is more difficult than to make oneself loved.
To be a Christian who is willing to travel with Christ on his downward road requires being willing to detach oneself constantly from any need to be relevant, and to trust ever more deeply the Word of God.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Leonardo da Vinci
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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