Quotations on Self

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With Shakespeare and poetry, a new world was born. New dreams, new desires, a self consciousness was born. I desired to know to know myself in terms of the new standards set by these books.
- Peter Abrahams
(Keywords: Dreams, Poetry, Books, Consciousness, Self, Shakespeare, World)

Washington is like a self-sealing tank on a military aircraft. When a bullet passes through, it closes up.
- Dean Acheson
(Keywords: Military, Self, Washington)

If one wants another only for some self-satisfaction, usually in the form of sensual pleasure, that wrong desire takes the form of lust rather than love.
- Mortimer Adler
(Keywords: Love, Desire, Lust, Pleasure, Self, Wrong)

Not only is the self entwined in society; it owes society its existence in the most literal sense.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Society, Existence, Self, Sense)

Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Ego, Embarrassment, Nothing, Reflection, Self, Today)

Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Pride, Self, Will)

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.
- Amos Bronson Alcott
(Keywords: Eyes, Influence, Self, Spirit, Will)

Desire then is the invasion of the whole self by the wish, which, as it invades, sets going more and more of the psychical processes; but at the same time, so long as it remains desire, does not succeed in getting possession of the self.
- Samuel Alexander
(Keywords: Time, Desire, Possession, Self, Succeed)

But to be self-obsessed is simply not o.k. for the most important country in the world, the United States, which affects every other country in the world.
- Christiane Amanpour
(Keywords: Country, Self, states, United, World)

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)

Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Soul, Emotion, Self, Symbol, Tears)

If I could go back in time and tell my younger self that eventually that I'd become very successful writing Dune books after Frank Herbert's death, I would have laughed myself silly, I think, at how strange that prospect would be.
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Keywords: Time, Death, Successful, Books, Self, Silly, Writing)

Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.
- Barbara de Angelis
(Keywords: Women, Balance, Moments, Self, Solitude)

If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
- Maya Angelou
(Keywords: Love, Respect, Self, Self respect)

I maintain an ongoing survey of Internet Publishing and self publishing, so that it is now possible for any writer with a book to get it published at nominal cost or free, and to have it on sale at booksellers like Amazon.com.
- Piers Anthony
(Keywords: Internet, Now, Publishing, Self, Writer)

The self is an oral society in which the present is constantly running a dialogue with the past and the future inside of one skin.
- David Antin
(Keywords: Society, Future, Past, Present, Running, Self, Skin)

It wasn't until we got over the self pity that we were able to accept suffering as apart of our life with Christ. A man or woman reaches this plane only when he or she ceases to be the hero.
- Corazon Aquino
(Keywords: Life, Christ, Man, Pity, Self, Suffering, Woman)

The best way to forget ones self is to look at the world with attention and love.
- Red Auerbach
(Keywords: Love, Attention, Forget, Self, World)

Tell him, on the contrary, that he needs, in the interest of his own happiness, to walk in the path of humility and self-control, and he will be indifferent, or even actively resentful.
- Irving Babbitt
(Keywords: Happiness, Humility, Interest, Needs, Self, Will)

Personally, I don't choose any particular religion or symbol or group of words or teachings to define me. That's between me and the most high. You know, my higher self. The Creator.
- Erykah Badu
(Keywords: Religion, Self, Symbol, Words)

The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one's self. All sin is easy after that.
- Pearl Bailey
(Keywords: First, Self, Sin)

Acted drama requires surrender of one's self, sympathetic absorption in the play as it develops.
- George P. Baker
(Keywords: Drama, Play, Self, Surrender)

In conclusion we may say, in view of the confirmation that our study has given of the parallelism between individual and racial thought of the Self, that in the history of psychology we discern the great profile which the race has drawn on the pages of time.
- James M. Baldwin
(Keywords: History, Time, Thought, May, Psychology, Race, Self, Study)

I cannot consistently, with self respect, do other than I have, namely, to deliberately violate an act which seems to me to be a denial of everything which ideally and in practice I hold sacred.
- Roger Nash Baldwin
(Keywords: Act, Denial, Practice, Respect, Self, Self respect)

Painting what I experience, translating what I feel, is like a great liberation. But it is also work, self-examination, consciousness, criticism, struggle.
- Balthus
(Keywords: Experience, Work, Consciousness, Criticism, Painting, Self, Struggle)

In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life.
- Albert Bandura
(Keywords: Life, People, Obstacles, Order, Self, Sense, Struggle, Succeed)

I am not afraid of much. I kill all the spiders in my house, and I'm planning to go skydiving. I am into girl power, and I'm very self-sufficient.
- Elizabeth Banks
(Keywords: Power, Planning, Self, Spiders)

Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you, we cannot obtain order by physical coercion. We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest, and the commonweal, our governance will emerge.
- John Perry Barlow
(Keywords: Ethics, Order, Self, Will)

The more a woman likes her job, the better her self-image and the more she enjoys her life.
- Grace Baruch
(Keywords: Life, Job, Self, Woman)

Works of art produced in the contemporary world are a further expression of that. But I don't think there is an active, ongoing nihilist self-consciousness in the artist.
- Leonard Baskin
(Keywords: Art, Artist, Expression, Self, World)

Nature... is nothing but the inner voice of self-interest.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Nature, Nothing, Self, Voice)

You have to figure out who the right person is to tell the story. And often, people who are very self-aware will only sound as if they are pontificating if they tell the story.
- Ann Beattie
(Keywords: People, Right, Self, Sound, Will)

When did it something of shame or ridicule to be a self-made man in America?
- Glenn Beck
(Keywords: America, Man, Ridicule, Self, Shame)

And I've come to the place where I believe that there's no way to solve these problems, these issues - there's nothing that we can do that will solve the problems that we have and keep the peace, unless we solve it through God, unless we solve it in being our highest self. And that's a pretty tall order.
- Glenn Beck
(Keywords: God, Peace, Being, Nothing, Order, Pretty, Problems, Self, Will)

The intellectual takes as a starting point his self and relates the world to his own sensibilities; the scientist accepts an existing field of knowledge and seeks to map out the unexplored terrain.
- Daniel Bell
(Keywords: Knowledge, Self, World)

Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.
- Bo Bennett
(Keywords: Age, Power, Wisdom, Achievement, Growth, Purpose, Innocence, Personal growth, Self, Understanding, Youth)

Pride in a man is confused with dignity; in a woman, with self-love.
- Jose Bergamin
(Keywords: Dignity, Man, Pride, Self, Woman)

It is very hard to separate one's self from a character. Sometimes the people closest to me have to be very understanding.
- Halle Berry
(Keywords: People, Character, Self, Understanding)

Punishment may make us obey the orders we are given, but at best it will only teach an obedience to authority, not a self-control which enhances our self-respect.
- Bruno Bettelheim
(Keywords: Authority, May, Obedience, Punishment, Self, Will)

The United Nations charter gives every nation the right to self defence, therefore when the American embassies were bombed it was a matter of time before the Americans responded by going for what they suspected were the causes of the attack.
- Benazir Bhutto
(Keywords: Time, American, Americans, Causes, Nation, Nations, Right, Self, United)

Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It require you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's results. There's a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which.
- Gary Ryan Blair
(Keywords: Act, Actions, Results, Self, Today, Tomorrow)

This marched was planned to be non violent and non confrontational, and gladly it stayed that way. What really impressed me was the self discipline of the Black Block.
- John Blair
(Keywords: Discipline, Self, Self discipline)

The Iraqis are not threatened by the Turks or by the Iranians or by the Saudis and they tell me that these are not weapons of mass destruction, they are weapons of self-destruction.
- Hans Blix
(Keywords: Destruction, Self, Weapons)

Worship means reverence and humility it means revering your real self and humbling delusions.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: Humility, Self, Worship)

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
- William J. H. Boetcker
(Keywords: People, May, Right, Self, Wrong)

It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.
- W. E. B. Du Bois
(Keywords: Soul, Contempt, Eyes, Pity, Self, Sense, World)

Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Keywords: Men, Fear, Interest, Self, Self interest)

For, behind the scenes, halfway around the world in Mexico, were two decades of aggressive research on wheat that not only enabled Mexico to become self-sufficient with respect to wheat production but also paved the way to rapid increase in its production in other countries.
- Norman Borlaug
(Keywords: Countries, Production, Research, Respect, Self, World)

Sensitiveness is closely allied to egotism; and excessive sensibility is only another name for morbid self-consciousness. The cure for tender sensibilities is to make more of our objects and less of our selves.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Cure, Egotism, Name, Self, Sensibility)

Writers seldom choose as friends those self-contained characters who are never in trouble, never unhappy or ill, never make mistakes and always count their change when it is handed to them.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen
(Keywords: Change, Friends, Mistakes, Self, Trouble, Writers)



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