Quotations on Identity

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I began wearing hats as a young lawyer because it helped me to establish my professional identity. Before that, whenever I was at a meeting, someone would ask me to get coffee.
- Bella Abzug
(Keywords: Coffee, Identity, Meeting)

Iranians defend and present their Islamic and Iranian identity to other people worldwide.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Keywords: People, Identity, Present)

The system of domination is founded on depriving nations of their true identity. It seeks to deprive nations of their culture, identity, self-confidence and in this way dominate them.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Keywords: Culture, Identity, Nations, Self)

I am a writer and always was; being a writer is an integral part of my identity. Being published, being well regarded, is a component of that identity.
- Brian Aldiss
(Keywords: Being, Identity, Writer)

Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Life, Society, Development, Being, Identity, Man, Ocean, Self, Water)

A strong sense of identity gives man an idea he can do no wrong; too little accomplishes the same.
- Djuna Barnes
(Keywords: Idea, Identity, Man, Sense, Wrong)

Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth.
- Jean Baudrillard
(Keywords: Americans, Identity, May)

As part of my efforts to fight identity theft, I worked with my colleagues on the Financial Services Committee to strengthen consumer protection with a reasonable notification requirement.
- Melissa Bean
(Keywords: Financial, Committee, Fight, Identity, Protection, Theft)

That's all true, but there was something else going on for me as a kid, something about my gender identity that I haven't figured out yet. And that's one of the things I'm hoping to dissect and investigate in this memoir project.
- Alison Bechdel
(Keywords: Gender, Identity, Project)

The idea that you surrender your identity when you relinquish national powers is unhelpful. No, indeed, precisely the opposite is the case: if done in an intelligent way, you attain the sovereignty to better solve national problems in cooperation with others.
- Ulrich Beck
(Keywords: Idea, Cooperation, Identity, Problems, Surrender)

Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: English, Example, Lady, Identity, Poison)

Globalisation, which benefits only multi-national companies and takes away all sense of local or national pride and identity, is the biggest threat facing all the member states of the EU.
- Steve Blake
(Keywords: Benefits, Identity, Pride, Sense, states)

Strengthening our identity is one way of reinforcing people's confidence and sense of citizenship and well-being.
- David Blunkett
(Keywords: People, Citizenship, Confidence, Identity, Sense)

Shakespeare's idea of the tragic fact is larger than this idea and goes beyond it; but it includes it, and it is worth while to observe the identity of the two in a certain point which is often ignored.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Keywords: Idea, Fact, Identity, Shakespeare, Worth)

Thirty years ago, in 1976, the notion of organized activity to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity was an extremely controversial one.
- Robert Brady
(Keywords: Discrimination, Gender, Identity, Years)

The word, and the concept of feminism, was a gift because it gave me a sense of identity and a way of defining how I wished to live my life.
- Betty Buckley
(Keywords: Life, Feminism, Identity, Sense, Word)

Florida is a place of unparalleled diversity of backgrounds, experiences and vision. It makes our culture unique, but it can also make it difficult to define a common identity and create a sense of community that reaches beyond our neighborhoods to all corners of our state.
- Jeb Bush
(Keywords: Vision, Community, Culture, Diversity, Identity, Sense, State)

There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender... identity is performatively constituted by the very 'expressions' that are said to be its results.
- Judith Butler
(Keywords: Gender, Identity, Results)

When people get married because they think it's a long-time love affair, they'll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.
- Joseph Campbell
(Keywords: Love, Marriage, People, Disappointment, End, Identity, Spiritual)

Let me say that the path I did take for a brief period of my life was not of reckless drug use, hurting others, but it was a path of quiet rebellion, of a little experimentation of a darker side of my confusion in a confusing world, lost in the midst of finding my identity.
- Jennifer Capriati
(Keywords: Life, Confusion, Identity, Quiet, Rebellion, World)

But to do this kind of work, you have to be very strong, otherwise you lose your personality, your identity.
- Claudia Cardinale
(Keywords: Work, Identity, Personality)

Recognizing Quebec as being different, recognizing our history, recognizing our identity, has never meant a weakening of Quebec and has never been a threat to national unity.
- Jean Charest
(Keywords: History, Being, Identity, Unity)

Italy advocates the adoption of a legal instrument on cultural diversity, guaranteeing every country the protection of its own historical identity and the uniqueness of its physical and intangible cultural heritage.
- Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
(Keywords: Legal, Adoption, Country, Diversity, Identity, Italy, Protection, Uniqueness)

Bruce Wayne is Batman. He became Batman the instant his parents were murdered. Batman needs Bruce, however hollow that identity feels to him from time to time. Bruce keeps Batman human.
- Kevin Conroy
(Keywords: Time, Identity, Needs, Parents)

Theatre has no national identity. It is something for the world, whether it is Irish, English, or French.
- Cyril Cusack
(Keywords: English, Identity, Irish, Theatre, World)

When I was 18 I went to college for two years and didn't work for a year which was essential for me, because my identity had been so influenced by my being an actor and I think I just needed to discover what it was to be myself, divorced from all that responsibility.
- Claire Danes
(Keywords: Work, Actor, Being, College, Identity, Responsibility, Years)

I took three years off. I differentiated myself from the industry. Found my identity - sort of... I haven't graduated yet. I'm not legitimately educated yet, but maybe one day.
- Claire Danes
(Keywords: Day, Identity, Years)

Too many women throw themselves into romance because they're afraid of being single, then start making compromises and losing their identity. I won't do that.
- Julie Delpy
(Keywords: Women, Romance, Being, Identity, Losing)

Stereotypes involving Christian identity, Christian persecution is so far back in history now that no one fears it being revived, unless you live in China, I guess.
- Gregg Easterbrook
(Keywords: History, Christian, Being, Identity, Now, Persecution)

I think the thing that I most appreciate now is that stereotypes involving Jewish identity activate fears of persecution that exist in the present day.
- Gregg Easterbrook
(Keywords: Day, Identity, Now, Persecution, Present)

The film is about Joe discovering who his mother and father are and his relationship with them, and the identity crisis he goes through once he finds out who his parents are.
- Christopher Eccleston
(Keywords: Mother, Father, Crisis, Film, Identity, Parents)

We don't need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables - the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers - to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences.
- Jane Elliot
(Keywords: Country, Identity, Want)

By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication.
- Ralph Ellison
(Keywords: Communication, Identity, Importance, Sense, Writer, Writing)

I was very, very shy as a younger girl, just petrified of people. Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody.
- Chris Evert
(Keywords: People, Identity, Tennis)

Somewhere around the fifth or seventh grade I figured out that I could ingratiate myself to people by making them laugh. Essentially, I was just trying to make them like me. But after a while it became part of my identity.
- Tina Fey
(Keywords: People, Identity, Trying)

You have to be able to risk your identity for a bigger future than the present you are living.
- Fernando Flores
(Keywords: Future, Identity, Living, Present, Risk)

I think we carry around the idea of being a Kid in the Hall as part of our identity. It's a big part of how we see ourselves now.
- Dave Foley
(Keywords: Idea, Being, Identity, Now)

There is another interesting paradox here: by immersing ourselves in what we love, we find ourselves. We do not lose ourselves. One does not lose one's identity by falling in love.
- Lukas Foss
(Keywords: Love, Identity, Paradox)

In terms of an identity, an identity reflects an individuality, by definition. And, if there is a quality present, it is recognizable and it can be named. If you can't name it, it means you don't recognize it.
- Robert Fripp
(Keywords: Quality, Identity, Individuality, Name, Present)

Consular cards are easily obtained with no proof of true identity and are easily forged.
- Elton Gallegly
(Keywords: Cards, Identity, Proof)

To be able to always have a super sense of who I was and my own real identity and be petty and seem informed and always thinking in thoughts would be great.
- Jeff Goldblum
(Keywords: Thoughts, Identity, Sense, Thinking)

Marks of Identity is, among other things, the expression of the process of alienation in a contemporary intellectual with respect to his own country.
- Juan Goytisolo
(Keywords: Alienation, Country, Expression, Identity, Respect)

The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose.
- Richard Grant
(Keywords: Purpose, Identity, Value)

It is the prayer of my innermost being to realize my supreme identity in the liberated play of consciousness, the Vast Expanse. Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation.
- Alex Grey
(Keywords: Being, Consciousness, Identity, Now, Play, Prayer)

Mr. Speaker, Americans want, need, and rightfully expect Congress to protect them from the prying eyes of identity thieves and give them back control of their Social Security numbers and personal health information.
- Luis Gutierrez
(Keywords: Health, Control, Americans, Congress, Eyes, Identity, Information, Numbers, Security, Want)

I don't know what issues concerning identity have helped contemporary fiction evolve to what it is now. All I know is that the range of voices that are being heard and published is a lot more diverse than when I was coming up.
- Jessica Hagedorn
(Keywords: Being, Fiction, Identity, Now)

Giving votes in exchange for ideological support. To wit: identity politics for homosexuals.
- Harry Hay
(Keywords: Politics, Giving, Identity, Support)

As problems like identity theft become more prevalent, now more than ever, Americans need to take their financial health seriously - and this information is of the utmost importance.
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Keywords: Health, Financial, Americans, Identity, Importance, Information, Now, Problems, Theft)

High bankruptcy rates, increased credit card debt, and identity theft make it imperative that all of us take an active role in providing financial and economic education during all stages of one's life.
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Keywords: Education, Life, Financial, Credit, Debt, Identity, Theft)

One pits his wits against apparently inscrutable nature, wooing her with ardor but nature is blind justice who cannot recognize personal identity.
- Charles Brenton Huggins
(Keywords: Nature, Blind, Identity, Justice, Wooing)

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