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I have that precious commodity - freedom. I can live my life a day at a time, and I am open to whatever the next day brings. I know I sound as if I have been off with some guru in India, but I haven't. I've come to realise the value of being able to decide for oneself.
I don't believe complete assimilation is possible, at least not for anyone who has an active, open mind. Every step, every entry into the flows of existence can be seen as a beginning, a commencement of a brand new way of seeing oneself in the world. This is the case for everyone.
I was going to say that writing is about disclosure and acting is about obfuscation, but that's such a little lie. Both of them are about obfuscation and masking oneself.
Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The thing to avoid is being a bore to oneself.
The end of confession is to tell the truth to and for oneself.
J. M. Coetzee
My clothes don't make one a different person, just more of oneself.
It is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph.
Some of us learned in a school of philosophy which taught that all was for the common good and nothing for oneself and have never, in any case, regarded the pursuit of happiness as anything other than an aberration of the human spirit.
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.
I believe that misconceptions about oneself that one does not correct where possible act as a bad magic.
Every day without fail one should consider himself as dead. There is a saying of the elders that goes, 'Step from under the eaves and you're a dead man. Leave the gate and the enemy is waiting.' This is not a matter of being careful. It is to consider oneself as dead beforehand.
There is nothing more natural than to consider everything as starting from oneself, chosen as the center of the world; one finds oneself thus capable of condemning the world without even wanting to hear its deceitful chatter.
To be compassionate is not a joke. It's not that simple. One has to discover a certain bigness in oneself. That bigness should be centered on oneself, not in terms of money, not in terms of power you wield, not in terms of any status that you can command in the society, but it should be centered on oneself.
Calling oneself a hero after making mistakes shouldn't earn public trust.
No one in al-Nahda believes that jihad is a way to impose Islam on the world. But we believe that jihad is self-control, is social and political struggle, and even military jihad is only a way to defend oneself in the case of aggression.
In writing, one searches, and that is what keeps one writing, that one sees and experiences things from another angle entirely; one experiences oneself during the process of writing.
As a painter today you have to work without that essential platform. But if one does not deceive oneself and accepts this lack of certainty, other things may come into play.
There is no excellence without labor. One cannot dream oneself into either usefulness or happiness.
Liberty Hyde Bailey
With age comes a greater wisdom, an ease and comfort with oneself.
To be a great man and a saint for oneself, that is the only important thing.
There is nothing greater than the joy of composing something oneself and then listening to it.
Grooming oneself with all the crazed compulsion of an under-exercised lab rat in order to hook a rich man and obtain a lush lifestyle makes a certain (albeit seedy) sense.
Nothing is harder than to accept oneself.
The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.
Fashion in the past meant conforming and losing oneself. Fashion in the present means being individual and finding oneself.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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