Quotes of Identity

“ 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

“ Man may be defined as the animal that can say "I," that can be aware of himself as a separate entity. ”

- Erich Fromm

“ To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity. ”

- Robert Louis Stevenson

“ An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.'. ”

- James Baldwin

“ Integrity simple means not violating one's own identity. ”

- Erich Fromm

“ Security represents your sense of worth, your identity, your emotional anchorage, your self-esteem, your basic personal strength or lack of it. ”

- Stephen R. Covey

“ The particular human chain we're a part of is central to our individual identity. ”

- Elizabeth Stone

“ Right before The Bourne Identity came out, I hadn't been offered a movie in a year. Because The Legend of Bagger Vance had come out and bombed and All the Pretty Horses had come out and bombed. ”

- Matt Damon

“ The whole campaign was a tragic case of mistaken identity. ”

- George McGovern

“ Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism. ”

- Bette Davis

“ I always play women I would date. ”

- Angelina Jolie

“ Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance. ”

- Henry Ward Beecher

“ I know you are, but what am I? ”

- Paul Reubens

“ Never, ever underestimate the power of 'Id Like that. ”

- John Mayer

“ Where id was, there shall ego be. ”

- Sigmund Freud

“ Students achieving Oneness will move on to Twoness. ”

- Woody Allen

“ I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested. ”

- Georg C. Lichtenberg

“ I'm not Jack Nicholson. I'm not Brando. But I do mumble. ”

- Benicio Del Toro

“ Sir, a man may be so much of everything, that he is nothing of anything. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person? ”

- Chuck Palahniuk

“ An identity is questioned only when it is menaced, as when the mighty begin to fall, or when the wretched begin to rise, or when the stranger enters the gates, never, thereafter, to be a stranger. Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self: in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one's nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned… ”

- James Baldwin

“ Committing yourself is a way of finding out who you are. A man finds his identity by identifying. A man's identity is not best thought of as the way in which he is separated from his fellows but the way in which he is united with them. ”

- Robert Terwilliger

“ A miracle is nothing more or less than this. Anyone who has come into a knowledge of his true identity, of his oneness with the all-pervading wisdom and power, this makes it possible for laws higher than the ordinary mind knows of to be revealed to him. ”

- Ralph Waldo Trine

“ Identity is a bag and a gag. Yet it exists for me with all the force of a fatal disease. Obviously I am here, a mind and a body. To say there's no proof my body exists would be arty and specious and if my mind is more ephemeral, less provable, the solution of being a writer with solid books is as close as anyone has come to a perfect answer. ”

- Judith Rossner

“ In this society, the norm of masculinity is phallic aggression. Male sexuality is, by definition, intensely and rigidly phallic. A man's identity is located in his conception of himself as the possessor of a phallus; a man's worth is located in his pride in phallic identity… ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ The real meditation is… the meditation on one's identity. Ah, voila une chose!! You try it. You try finding out why you're you and not somebody else. And who in the blazes are you anyhow? Ah, voila une chose! ”

- Ezra

“ 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

“ Answer that you are here - that life exists and identity, that the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. ”

- Walt Whitman

“ A faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity. ”

- Robert Louis Stevenson

“ All personal, psychological, social, and institutionalized domination on this earth can be traced back to its source: the phallic identities of men. ”

- Andrea Dworkin
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